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The Beastly Characters in Stories by Angela Carter
The Bloody Chamber and other stories is a collection of traditional fairy tales that have been interpreted by Angela Carter. In her work, she creates a variety of themes from Gothicism to heterosexual female sexuality. One theme that will be discussed from the viewpoint of this essay is the beastly characters. In The Tiger...
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Inequalities in the Social Class Structure in The Stolen Party, a Short Story by Liliana Heker
The Stolen Party; Stolen Meaning “The Stolen Party” is, unfortunately, a story without a happy ending. Much like works such as The Great Gatsby or 1984, the lack of any definitive victory for the protagonist helps to drive home the point. The title of the story is only truly important after reading the last three paragraph...
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Setting as a Symbol for Oppression of Women in Charlotte Bronte's Novel Jane Eyre
Explore the presentation of relationships in Jane Eyre Bronte uses setting to depict society’s inhibition of women throughout the novel. Gateshead, where she first lived is perhaps one of the worst stages of her life, the term “gate” could suggest how this place and thus society is preventing her from flourishing as a wo...
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The Dramatic Impact Created in an Extract From the Play Loot by Joe Orton
How does Orton create dramatic impact in the extract (p53-57)? Orton uses McLeavy as the comic butt to create dramatic impact in this extract. The theme of naive conformity to institutions is very common throughout the play and McLeavy is often used by Orton to showcase this flaw he sees with much of society, often for c...
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The Conventions of Farce in Joe Orton's Play Loot
Explore Orton's use of the conventions of farce elsewhere in the text Orton employs absurdism throughout the play to give the piece a farcical nature. One primary example of this is the ridiculous amount of power that Truscott seems to command over the other protagonists. Truscott, claiming to be an employee at the water...
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Ideas About Identity in Never Let Me Go by Ishiguro
How does Ishiguro explore ideas about identity in 'Never Let Me Go’? Johann Wolfgang von Goethe once wrote that “the human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means...
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The Theme of "Undesirable" in Jane Eyre and Never Let Me Go
Explore the ways in which Jane Eyre and Never Let Me Go present the “undesirable” In the first chapter of Jane Eyre, we encounter the young Jane sitting next to a window reading a book about birds. She is struck by the illustration of “a broken boat, stranded on a desolate coast”. In Never Let Me Go, Ishiguro employs the...
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Why Marcus Brutus is a Tragic Hero of the Play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
What makes someone a hero? When looking at people, it’s easy to assume that heroes are a certain type of person, as if being heroic is an exclusive personality trait. However, a hero isn’t defined by their identity, they’re defined by their actions. Throughout several of Shakespeare’s plays, a tragic hero is identified; a h...
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How the Choices of Authors Make an Impact on Their Texts
All of the decisions an author makes, whether small or large, contribute to the overall rhetorical situation of their text. Whether it be the audience, purpose, or context of the text, or the word choice and sentence structure that the author chooses, they each are factors in the larger rhetorical situation. The author ma...
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Perfect Harmony in a World without Social Hierarchy in Utopia, a Book by Thomas More
Abolishing Social Hierarchy An Analysis of Social Hierarchy in Utopia Utopia written by Sir Thomas More written in 1516 is a satire that depicts how a world with no social hierarchy attempts to live in perfect harmony. According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, satire is “a literary work holding up human vices and follies...
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The Governess in Jane Eyre, a Novel by Charlotte Bronte
The treatment of our most vulnerable population is something that has changed throughout the ages. While no one argues that children are the future of society, how one educates children to prepare for the daunting task of becoming a successful citizen of the world has varied through time. In the nineteenth century, the leve...
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The Depiction of Childhood in The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley
The depiction of childhood in “The Go-Between” In the book, “The Go-Between” by L.P. Hartley, Leo Colston looks back on his childhood. The story starts with Leo looking through some of his old belongings, namely, his diary. However, he can barely bring himself to look through that diary because of the memories he has, and...
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The Theme of Good and Evil in the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson
Robert Louis Stevenson Book Analysis Is man good or evil? This is the recurring theme in Robert Louis Stevenson’s books The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Treasure Island, and Kidnapped. In all three books, Stevenson explores both possibilities. For Dr. Jekyll in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Evil se...
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A Literary Analysis of Point Blank, a Book by Anthony Horowitz
Point Blank by Anthony Horowitz The book starts off in a different setting than the main part of the plot. It includes a lot of dramatic irony. At a large electronics company, an assassin walks into the building, claiming to be a maintenance engineer. Of course, the people at the hotel don’t know this. He proceeds to kil...
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Janie's Life History Represented Through a Tree With Leaves
Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and things undone. Dawn and doom was the branches (Hurston, 42). A tree with leaves represents the fact that Janie’s life had potential to bring forth good, to be enjoyed yet at the same time dawn and doom was to be experienced in...
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The Behavior That Causes the Demise of Hamlet
"A person's character determines his or her life" Essay "A person's character determines his or her life" is a quote that is
true in many cases and somewhat true in others. This quote can be applied
to prince Hamlet, in the play Hamlet because the contemplative and sudden
impulsive attitude of Hamlet has caused his o...
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The Biography of One of the Greatest Mathematicians and Physicians of All Time - Isaac Newton
Isaac Newton Sir Isaac Newton is one of the greatest scientific intellects of all
times and a mathematician and physicist. He was born on the fourth of
January, 1643 in Woolsthorpe, England. He was born to Hannah Ayscough and
his father, who shared the name Isaac, died three months before his birth.
His farther wasn't...
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A Short Review of The Island of Doctor Moreau, a Novel by H. G. Wells
A Big Thinks In The Island Of Dr. Moreau, the beasts on the island followed a
strict code of laws imposed by their master in an attempt to make them more
civlized and human. However, after their law and its consequences
disappeared, they reverted into more bestial forms. Although there are
distinct differences betw...
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The Negative Consequences of Drug Abuse in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a Novel by Robert Louise Stevenson
Deadly Double Dose In The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll invents a
drug that brings about his evil side, but the struggle between himself and
this side ultimately leads to his death. Although Dr. Jekyll's story is
mainly one of mystery and a battle between good and evil, this story can
also be i...
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An Examination of the Idea That Sherlock Holmes is an INTP Character
“The name is Sherlock Holmes, and the address is 221B Baker Street.” Since the late 19th century, readers around the world have been captivated by the detective Sherlock Holmes, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle through a series of fifty-six stories, beginning with “A Study in Scarlet” in 1887. Virginia Brackett commentate...
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Dr. Jekyll as an Almost Evil Character in Chapter 7 of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a Novel by Robert Louise Stevenson
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde how does Stevenson present Dr Jekyll as a troubled character in chapter 7? Stevenson presents Jekyll as almost evil in chapter 7. Jekyll is presented in complete contrast to how he is shown in the previous chapters. The mere sight of Jekyll and his facial expression ‘froze the ve...
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Imagery and Symbolism in The Time Machine, a Novel by H.G. Wells
Imagine if you had the ability to travel through time. Would you travel to the past and meet your ancestors or watch history unfold? Would you travel a thousand years into the future to meet your descendants and see how they live? Or, would you travel to the year 802,701 to observe what has happened to Earth in 800,000 year...
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The Literary Devices Used by John Fowles in The French Lieutenant's Woman
Explore the methods Fowles uses in Chapter 35 in order to engage but also challenge his modern reader? In the novel The French Lieutenant’s Woman, John Fowles, the author, uses a range of literary techniques in Chapter 35 to challenge his modern reader with parodies of usual Victorian conventions and the over providing in...
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The Representation of The Grandfather Paradox in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, a Novel by J. K. Rowling
Thesis: The Grandfather Paradox is often misrepresented in works of literature and film. However, in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the paradox is represented fairly well with only a few errors. The Grandfather paradox is commonly known as the myth of killing one’s grandparents in order to prevent his/her own...
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The Misuse of Punctuation Marks in Eats, Shoots & Leaves, a Book by Lynne Truss
Eats, Shoots & Leaves reflection Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss is a humorous book bemoaning the misuse of punctuation marks. It functions as a pseudo style guide, detailing the author’s intended “correct” way. Truss describes some of the popular punctuation mistakes she sees in writing. She follows this up with a...
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