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  1. All American Hero!

    After school my best grade for the day would be posted on the refrigerator with my special G.I. Joe magnet, which I sent away for in the mail. Weekends provided me with chores that, upon their completion, allowed me to finance a new G.I. Joe figure. There was no time when G.I. Joe was not in some way involved in my life. I still remember seeing my first G.I Joe on the shelf in the store. These figurines were often sold in packaging that had comics on the back recounting heroic stories of G.I. Joe victory. The first time I saw a G.I Joe, I went over to the shelf and pulled it off the peg, flipped the package over and read the cartoon on the back.

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  2. Discuss the figure of the 'gentleman' in Dickens' 'Great Expectations', contextualising the novel as much as possible.

    The opening of the book introduces Pip in the surroundings of the graveyard, in front of the head-stones of his dead parents. This positioning of him makes him appear entirely vulnerable, and also quite na�ve (as he theorises on what kind of people his mother and father were, based upon the typography on their headstones). At this stage, Pip is basically a blank slate, with only his unrelenting idealism and groundless compassion at his disposal. Even from the beginning though, Pip's aspirations are evident.

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  3. What is exemplary about Rinconete y Cortadillo?

    Although Rinconete y Cortadillo does not strictly follow the characteristics of a picaresque novel, elements are distinguishable and serve as examples of behaviour. If 'exemplary' can be described as something that is worthy of imitation, there are certain aspects of Rinconete y Cortadillo that fit into this criterion. Firstly, although criminals, the members of Monipodio's brotherhood are extremely pious. In particular, Cervantes mentions the old men who perform reconnaissance. He describes them as honest, respectable and due to a fear of going to h**l, regular churchgoers.

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  4. 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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  5. A Christmas Carol, although occurring at a different time period than today, still holds values and lessons that are important in society today. The main character, Ebenezer Scrooge

    There are so many children in the world today that are in this same situation. It saddens me to know that there a children who never get to open a present on Christmas morning. It seemed as his childhood progressed and his love for Belle grew, his love for money and greed grew faster until he lost everything but his money.

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  6. The Theme of Industrialization in Carlyle and Dickens

    . the identification of the interest of all with the interest of each. . . . 2 He argued that pain and pleasure was universal and they could be calculated as concrete objects. As he preferred the majority's pleasure to the minority's, he named the unemployed poor people as "the surplus population" and claimed that they should be sacrificed for the pleasure of the majority, which inspired the idea of building work houses for the able-bodied poor. As the poor people were considered as the surplus population, they were seperated from their families in order to prevent them from multiplying and being burden on the rich people.

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. The comparison of Charles Dickens 'A Christmas carol' and Steven king's 'The Shining'

    'The Shining' is also set around Christmas over one hundred years later, but Christmas isn't so important for this family, as in the book you never hear about Christmas day, only the time before and after the date. There is only three in the family, unlike in dickens's time the families were bigger, so this may be why the family doesn't celebrate much. When Steven King wrote this novel Christmas had become a lot more commercialised, where as in the time dickens wrote his novel Christmas was strictly a religious festival.

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  12. 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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