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  1. Joseph Hellers themes and narrative styles in Catch-22

    Surrounding conditions 1.1 The author Joseph Heller Joseph Heller was born on May 1, 1923 and grew up in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, New York. His parents were poor Jewish from Russia. Already as a child, he enjoyed writing. After graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School, he worked as a file clerk in an insurance office for a year. 1942, he joined the US Army Air Corps and when he was 21, he served in the US Air Force as a bombardier in Italy and flew 60 missions.

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  2. Discuss the language of religion in Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes" and James Joyce's "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" in relation to one another and to the various uses of language in general, taking into account the importance of this language

    The concerns of Joyce and McCourt, though, appear to be with the first two types (more detailed examples of exactly how will soon follow). The focus of Angela's Ashes is primarily McCourt's schooldays, during which time the principal tenets of Christianity are drummed into them in the form of "commands, injunctions, exhortations, wishes etc." - mainly in application to heresy, both written and spoken ('Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord in vain' and so on). Equally, there are a great many instances of this in Joyce's novel.

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  3. Black Feminism in Alice Walkers "The Color Purple".

    She wants to liberate them from the injustices inflicted upon them by the most rigid, sexual, social and racial gender roles perpetrated in the white dominant patriarchal society. This paper seeks to analyse Alice Walker as an author who embodies her own particular vision of black feminism in a work that transcends ideology by using the novel The Color Purple. Additionally, we will analyse the literary features/ style as presented in the novel. In an attempt to embody her own particular vision of Black Feminism and to name her philosophy, Alice Walker describes herself as a "Womanist" rather than a feminist because Womanism is better than Feminism.

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  4. 'Burmese Days' by George Orwell

    Burmese Days is commonly referred to as an anti-imperialist novel which closes down ‘the entire genre of imperial heroics’. It is true that Orwell has created a novel which is distinguished from earlier colonial writings, such as those Kipling and Forster by, but as it has been mentioned before, ‘it lacks a firm commitment to antiâimperialism’, both on the part of Flory and his author’s or as Boehmer points out appropriately Burmese Days ‘does not diverge significantly from a colonialist semiotic’and it is an ‘ambivalent text’ . As Edward Said says that Intruders control the fiction and all types of writings and misrepresent the natives.They indirectly convey their message.

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  5. Gail Jones, Sixty Lights, set in Australia, India and England in the 19th Century, follows the multi-faceted life of the capricious Lucy Strange as she develops her modernistic view of light and the world,

    ?What remade her world: The capture of light.?(Pg. 139). ?Sixty Lights? is set in the 19th Century Victorian society, where the rise of photography becomes apparent and expands to become the ubiquitous form of memory in the 21st Century. Photography; ?light writing? is the central theme in the novel, it is ambiguous in the sense that not only does Lucy develop her love and appreciation of this ?light writing? but also Gail Jones lexicon choice is a form of ?light writing?, creating whimsical images captured through her lexicon of image-laden words and light embedded words.

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  • 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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