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  1. An Analysis of Nadine Gordimer's Short Stories

    The people in her stories seem to be only thinking of themselves and their actions. In "An Emissary" there is one setting where it is always summer or summer-like weather. This adds onto the lack of awareness of the presence of death, because winter is a symbol for death. I relate to these people because I often avoid the thought of death. When I actually stop to think about it I realize how much time I am wasting; this gives me anxiety, which in turn makes me block it out more. These stories made me realize that even the little things should not be held for granted because you could die at any moment.

    • Word count: 961
  2. Analysis of 'Defeat' by Osbert Sitwell. 1948.

    The German officer's interference marks the tipping point of the Captain's realization of defeat and total lack of desire to keep fighting mentally. The Captain has been through hell and back and after his homecoming he encounters a society unable to support and grasp the magnitude of his emotional grief over fallen comrades and humiliation over lost territory. When dealing with our protagonist, the 3rd person narrator is omniscient and, consequently, we have a rather straightforward and uncensored insight to the mind and being of the Captain.

    • Word count: 935
  3. The prose style by the author of The Stranger, Albert Camus, is reflected in the description of the main character, Meursault

    The first part of the book is about the day of Meursault?s mother?s funeral. ?Maman died today. Or yesterday maybe, I don?t know. I got a telegram from the home. ?Mother deceased. Funeral tomorrow. Faithfully yours.?? That doesn?t mean anything. Maybe it was yesterday?(Camus 3). Meursault received bad news that his mother had died, however, his reaction to the news makes it sound like it does not matter much to him. Later on in the chapter Meursault makes the readers furious with his indifference as a son. Not shedding any tears on behalf of the death of his mother and did not carrying when and why she passed away.

    • Word count: 914

Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Examining the passages below, compare and contrast the representations of the heroines choice at the end Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre.

    "In conclusion, Rhys and Bronte represent their heroines in very different lights. Jane would have been viewed as defiant by the Victorian audience, but her ‘happy ending’ will have satisfied their projections of domestic bliss between husband and wife. However, Rhys created the kind of woman who might have been reviled by the same audience; one who was a social outcast, celebrated her sexuality and femininity and embodied insane destruction. The endings of each novel rely on the social, moral and gender conventions of the time; each making a comment on the society in which these women lived."

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