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  1. How does Dickens tell the story in Chapter 27 of Great Expectations?

    This contrast in intelligence and perceived "intelligence" is one made more evident by the opening of the chapter, which also serves to introduce the idea of order and disorder that underlies the chapter as a whole. The letter, much that like that which Pip receives upon the death of Mrs Joe, carries both the weight of information that throws him back towards his past, but also the weight of detachment that further distances him from it- especially since Joe asks if he "were allowed" to see Pip, as reported by Biddy's own hand.

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  2. "How does Charles Dickens in the early part of Oliver Twist use the character Oliver to present his view of an unfair and corrupt world?"

    It wasn't Oliver's fault that he was brought up in a workhouse, he was an orphan and had to do strictly what the beadle and Mrs Mann told him to do. Workhouses were for the poorest in society, who could no longer afford to live outside. The orphans were under strict discipline in the workhouses which had to be obeyed. They had little food which was the same everyday and they worked a lot. In 1834, a new Poor Law was introduced.

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  3. Use of setting in 'The Tale of Two Cities'

    to the plight of the working classes and the Peasants. In the chapter 'The Period' it starts off with the very famous quote 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times' which meant good times for the rich people until the revolution and the bad times for the poor people. Dickens highlights the quality of life which the rich people were having then he compares this with the bad conditions of the working classes and peasants, also the common people were very unfortunate. The skill of the writer is shown by contrasting the words 'best' 'worst' 'light' 'darkness' and 'despair' to reflect images of good and evil that will happen to the characters and situations throughout the novel.

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  4. In conclusion one of Dickens' purposes of writing 'Hard Times' was to make a social comment about the idea of utilitarianism in the teaching system

    Gradgrind is so obsessed with teaching facts he even brings up his own children on facts. "This is the principle on which I bring up my own children". Mr. Gradgrind sees the children as little plants growing "plant nothing else and root out everything else" he only wants children to learn facts he doesn't want to let them have any imagination. Mr. Gradgrind doesn't even let his own children have any imagination and doesn't even let them have nursery rhyme books or toys instead they are only allowed factual things.

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  5. "Enduring Love" How appropriate is the title of the novel?

    There are two types of love themes running through this novel, one of obsession and one of pure love. The one of obsession is obviously the love Jed feels for Joe and the pure love is that of Clarissa and Joe. As Jed becomes more and more fixated on Joe, Joes relationship with Clarissa increasingly dwindles until the point where they call it a day and end their relationship. Early on in the novel Joe says "Lately I'd had the idea that Clarissa's interest in these hypothetical letters [of Keats] had something to do with our own situation, and with her conviction that love that did not find its expression in a letter was not perfect."

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  6. Great Expectations Essay.

    Pip, however, receives all the money that Magwitch has assigned him without knowing from whom or for what reason he is acquiring it. On discovering the truth, Pip is devastated because he had previously believed that it was, in fact, Miss Havisham who had been his patron, and that she had meant for him to marry Estella - the cold, contemptuous girl who Pip fell in love with during his time at Satis House. Horrified, Pip realises that he is not meant to marry Estella at all, and believes that Miss Havisham has had nothing to do with his "Great Expectations".

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  7. A Gentleman within and the Gentlemen without… The complexity of moral growth in Great Expectations

    Joe is comfortable with who he is and while he desires to learn from Pip once he becomes educated, he does not seek to be anything other than what he is. This, ideally, would have been a priceless lesson for Pip to learn, as it would have spared Pip from losing himself in a complex and corrupt world. Sadly, yet pivotally to the intrigue of the plot, it is only once Pip realises the error in his ways that he can see the true gentleman in Joe.

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  8. The Meaning of Symbolism and Imagery in the Writings of Zora Neale Hurston.

    Gold is used frequently throughout the short story as a symbol of social status and greed. Otis D. Slemmons is respected by Joe in the beginning of the story and depicted as being of great importance because of his gold teeth, a five-dollar gold piece for a stickpin and a ten-dollar gold piece on his watch chain. Slemmons character is later disemboweled because he is caught in the act of having s*x with Joe's wife. The gold symbolizes mistrust, misfortune, greed and falsehood after Slemmons, Missie May and the gold are revealed.

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  9. Characterization in Dickens' Hard Times.

    As an aristocratic member of society, one can become stuck in the furrows of life when hours of daily labour are not a part of that person's regimen. Here is an example of some of the extravagant escapades that Harthouse embarks on, yet still finds life tedious: Now, this gentleman had a younger brother of still better appearance than himself, who had tried life as a Coronet of Dragoons, and found it a bore; and had afterwards tried it in the train of an English minister abroad, and found it a bore; and had then strolled to Jerusalem, and got bored there; and had then gone yachting about the world, and got bored everywhere (Dickens 95).

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  10. What appeared to you to be Dickens' major concern in 'Hard Times?' How does he present these to the reader?

    these middle-class characters are viewed from a singular perspective, the perspective of those at the bottom of the social and economic system. Though Dickens' characters tend to be well developed and presented with some kind of human trait, the stereotypical figure of arrogance and demanding Bounderby fails to accurately capture the motivations and attitudes of the typical businessman of the day and is an indication of the author's political motives. Bounderby of Coketown represents the utilitarian attitude and, as such, is the villain of story and the target of Dickens' political argument.

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  11. A Christmas Carol - My essay is about Scrooge who changes from a good to a bad man after three ghosts visit him, the ghost of Christmas past, present and future.

    (This was his punishment) Marley told Scrooge that three ghosts are going to visit you, the ghost of Christmas past, present and future. Scrooge was a greedy man because whenever people came to him for donations he gave them nothing. Nobody liked him even the poor didn't ask him for money. Bob Crachit worked for Scrooge. Scrooge treated him badly and only paid him fifteen shillings a week. Bob Crachit didn't hate Scrooge, he had a bit of feelings for him, Bob Crachit had a big family, but he only got fifteen shillings a week for his wage which wasn't a lot so Bob Crachits family didn't get enough to eat.

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  12. Oppression and frenzy: causes of the French Revolution.

    In France, before the revolution, the social structure had two extremes. The peasants hated the aristocrats for their power and money. For the aristocracy it seemed like the best of times but many lived in a world insulated from what the reality was for the poor: hunger, and unemployment. On the other end of the spectrum, the lower classes did not have any civil liberties and were not allowed to participate in government. This is revealed by a man in a crowd who yells to Monseigneur, "I devote you, to the Devil!"2 In other words, the aristocrats had "sealed their graves" because they were too cruel towards the lower classes.

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  13. What is the relationship of the present-at-hand to the ready-to-hand? How is the present-at hand prior? How is the ready-to-hand prior?

    But in-order-to screw or unscrew one would have to possess not only the screwdriver, but a screw also. This example shows that the relationship of equipment to other equipment is essential. Equipment is what is it is by belonging to a "referential totality".3 The totality, however, doesn't go on forever, but rather ends in a "for-the-sake-of", an ultimate end. Our Being's, or as Heidegger puts it, our Dasein have a fundamental relationship with equipment. Moreover, equipment is realized as what it is only through its interaction with Dasein. Though Dasein has no properties in the form of subject/object predication, it does have modes of being.

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  14. "The female characters in Great Expectations have the greatest influence on Pip's development" - discuss.

    Her highly unfavourable "bring him up by hand," regime destroys his self-worth, forcing him to develop a real sense of self-resentment. "Hear that, be grateful to those who brought you up by hand," is a deeply ironic statement, for it is Mrs Joe he owes least gratitude to, considering the negative impact she has on Pip's young life. The physical and verbal abuse she expels on him leads to a lack of adequate love and affirmation. "I'm a common labouring boy, my hands are coarse and my boots are thick...generally I'm in a low lived bad way," is a bleak outlook that comes from a young boy who has had his self-worth quashed under his sister's tyranny.

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  15. Writing about Literature - "Country Halloween".

    Most of the characters display artificial personalities to hide their true weaknesses. Mrs. Hopewell is a na�ve, gullible woman; Joy-Hulga is a weak, vulnerable woman who can't seem to see Lawson 2 through anything, and Manley Porter is a devilish and misleading character who gains strength from exploiting other people's weaknesses Beginning with Mrs. Hopewell, the title of the story comes from the name she likes to give the poorer and less fortunate people that live off the land and work their whole lives just to hang on to some scrap of a life.

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  16. London is a city of myth and heroism, and criminality features strongly in the city's folklore. In literature, the London criminal has transcended mere villainy to become canonised as one of our favourite literary character types.

    An equally prescient feature of London's mythology is the criminal's nemesis, the law enforcers. But instead of being revered as heroic, the police officer is often portrayed as villainous, especially by Dickens. This is a strange paradox wherein the law-enforcer, protector of London's citizens, exchanges roles with the criminal, and takes on attributes one would associate with the criminal. The law enforcer will either be portrayed as a harsh tyrant, or to more comedic effect, as boorish, over-zealous and ostentatious. In Oliver Twist, Dickens projects these characteristics onto Mr. Fang the magistrate, and the two Bow St.

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  17. Comparison of the way in which Glyn Jones has written about the character of Jordan with the way Charles Dickens has written about the character Magwich in the early chapters of 'Great Expectations'.

    This is a huge contrast to Magwich, a villain, a menace to society. While their roles seem different at first, as Magwich is just blatantly nasty, hence his imprisonment, there has always been something weird about medicine, mutations for example. When you fully understand the character's (former) roles it is noticeable that they are similar in the sense that Magwich did wrong, and is feared, no more no less, it isn't camouflaged, it is blindingly obvious, yet Jordan could also be feared as he has access to medical materials and supplies. In summary there is something (potentially)

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  18. Children's literature - David Wiesner.

    In 1987 Wiesner took his illustrations to the next level. Collaborating with his wife, Kim Kahng, he retold and illustrated his first book, The Loathsome Dragon. However, it was not until his second release that Wiesner moved to the forefront of children's literature. (http://www-personal.ksu.edu) In 1988, David Wiesner released his second work, Free Fall. This book garnished the honor of the 1989 Caldecott Medal. (http://www-personal.ksu.edu) Wiesner had become a leader in the field of children's literature. Free Fall re-introduced a method into young reader's books that had been prevalent for years.

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  19. Select ONE or TWO brief passages (2 or 3 pages each at most) from Dickens's fiction - Analyse the use of dialogue OR the presentation of the narrative voice.

    The anthesis of her scream 'No, no! Mama!' in which she both shuns Edith and calls for her suggests an almost attraction-repulsion dilemma for Florence. This figure of grace is being made to confront the darker-side of the social harmony she has since created. The spiritual light that surrounds her is overwhelming, particularly when set against the 'ever darkening room' that entraps Edith. In true melodramatic fashion the 'children of light' struggle with 'the children of darkness'.3 She is hyperbolically described as the 'purest and bestest of natures', from whom Edith begs for mercy: 'upon my soul I am innocent'.

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  20. Discuss how and why an original text you have studied has been adapted and transformed to appeal to modern audiences.

    Other parts in the film plot are also changed to suit the love story such as Estella inviting Finn to a party, meeting outside and going to Finn's house. These are examples of Glazer adapting the text to make it interesting to modern audiences. Another example is the s****l relationship between Finn and Estella. In Dickens' original text the relationship was limited to two kisses. This shows that the new text has been changed to a love story to suit a contemporary audience.

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