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Corruption Conquers Faith: An Analysis on F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby

Corruption is a concept which has been directly correlated with human nature since the beginning of time. Human beings are creatures of intellect and consciousness when compared to any other life form on the planet. Nonetheless, corruption always seems to take over all that is logical and distort any consciousness that one may have. The…

The effectiveness of the opening chapter of Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby

In order to discuss the effectiveness of an opening chapter it is first necessary to outline what defines an effective first chapter. Undoubtedly it is essential that we be given a ‘feel’ for the book, a clear sense of the writers’ style. Moreover it is within this section we would expect to be introduced to…

How do Thomas Hardy and F Scott Fitzgerald present the issue of women's choices in "The Melancholy Hussar" and "The Ice Palace"

The two short stories, which are going to be considered, were set over a hundred years apart. Both stories concern the subject of women’s choices and were written by men. “The Melancholy Hussar” written by Thomas Hardy was set in the first years of the nineteenth century although it was written around 1875. The main…

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Nick Carraway

In the light of these quotations, explore the uses Fitzgerald makes of his narrator, Nick Carraway, in the novel. Nick Carraway, the narrator of the novel, introduces himself to the reader as a person to trust and he aims to assure the reader of his decent character. Talking of his father and his own personal…

Miss Stoner

How does Conan Doyle present Sherlock Holmes, the great detective, in his stories? My general impression of Sherlock Holmes is that he is a very mysterious, cunning and slightly deviant individual. He is cunning because he likes catching people out (by himself without anyone else knowing) so he can get all the credit and acts…

Sherlock Holmes

What features of Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories make them typical of the detective Genre? Detective fiction stories are loved by many, the crime; mystery and problem solving appeal to readers, bringing them back for more. Most detective fictions stories begin by setting a scene, then a problem is introduced, then we can see how the…

"Green Thought" By Jon Stallworthy - Reading Response

“Green Thought” by Jon Stallworthy is an interesting and valuable poem about love. During my essay I will justify why “Green Thought” is a worthy poem to be entered into a young student’s poem anthology. The poem is an excellent choice because of Stallworthy’s choice of characters, imagery and his skill in showing the power…

'Porphyria's Lover', 'My Last Duchess' and 'To His Coy Mistress'

I have chosen two poems by Robert Browning, ‘Porphyria’s Lover’ and ‘My Last Duchess,’ and one by the earlier poet Andrew Marvell, ‘To His Coy Mistress. ‘ In this essay I plan to compare the contrasting approaches to love in these three poems, and how the poets achieve their aims through language. This can be…

"First Love," by John Clare and "La Belle Dame Sans Merci," by John Keats

The two poems, “First Love,” by John Clare and “La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” by John Keats have a similar theme, unrequited love. Compare and contrast the poets’ effective use of language and form to convey their ideas effectively. In the poems “First Love,” by John Clare and “La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” by John…

William Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 138' - Comparing love in two poems

William Shakespeare’s ‘Sonnet 138’ is about a couple that have a very cynical relationship. The poet is saying he knows that he is old and no longer beautiful, and that she doesn’t love him as much because of this, but he doesn’t tell her this. Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s ‘Sonnet’ is a contrast to Sonnet 138…

Shakespeare's "Sonnet 116 and Donne's "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning"

Love is a common theme in many poems written by 17th century authors. Shakespeare’s “Sonnet 116 and Donne’s “A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning” both speak of the highest form of love; eternal true love. Their use of figurative language and rhythm schemes helps to convey to the reader that such a love exists. However, while both…

"My Box" and "Valentine"

‘ My Box’ by Gillian Clarke is a poem about a box a lover produces himself for his lover. The box symbolises the couple’s relationship and memories – as “in my box are twelve black books, where I have written down how we have sanded, oiled and planed…” The box symbolises the memories and the…

Commentary on Lorna Sage, Bad Blood

This passage revolves around a young girl’s life, how it has changed and what it has become. It is ironically, how a friendship has evolved into something that the two girls who are exposed in this passage have never thought it would become. Sage introduces us to what we can conclude to be herself in…

Compare Shakespeare's sonnets 18 and CXXX

Sonnet 18 is, of course, the famous “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day” poem. This sonnet builds upon a theme of imperishable love (and beauty), especially when it is preserved in a poem written by William Shakespeare. Much has been written about how, in Sonnet 18, Shakespeare takes an unusual point-of-view in his…

How are the main characters in Ethan Frome trapped and confined by circumstances

Ethan Frome is a novel about the tragedy of three lives trapped together by circumstances. They live in an isolated town called Starkfield. The word Starkfield means harsh, severe and barren. The people who live there lack communication with one another. They live in the mountainous area, which becomes cut off by snow in winter….

'La Belle Dame Sans Merci' by Keats and 'When We Two Parted' by Byron

I intend to compare, ‘When We Two Parted’, a romantic poem by Lord Byron and ‘La Belle Dame Sans Merci’, also a romantic theme but a ballad by John Keats. In ‘When We Two Parted’ the poem tells of a loving relationship which has ended, when one of the partner’s feelings for the other waned….

Macbeth - Ghost of Banquo

Macbeth portrays the character Macbeth as a fearless and powerful leader. It has been said that Shakespearean character Macbeth Is the only single character In all of his writings that has seen a ghost without other characters present. In order to stay King of Scotland, Macbeth kills his friend Banquet, only to see him a…

The important of Magwitch in Great Expectation

We first see Magwitch as a “fearful man” which gives us the impression that he is an unpleasant character. Magwitch is an escaped convict he is often judge on his appearance, up bringing and lack of education, which is important. Pip who lives with his sister- Mrs Joe- and her husband Joe Gargery, Pip was…

The methods Miller uses to create dramatic tension

Death of a Salesman is a fantastic example of a continuation of increasing Dramatic Tension. It is created by such methods mentioned in the title and further strengthened by the jumps between past and present. Miller also uses the continuing theme of symbolism to strengthen the tension of the play. The lasting impression is one…

A Good Mystery Story: Examples

Mystery Paragraphs Ghost stories are made to scare, horrify and build up suspense until you can’t bear it any more. Tension, it creates a atmosphere and when you don’t expect it strange things start to happen, maybe its paranormal activity or it could just be your mind playing tricks on you. It tends to make…

Roald Dahl was a 20th Century writer

Roald Dahl wrote most of his stories for children. This was because he himself didn’t have a very pleasant childhood. His childhood affects the outcome of his stories. Roald Dahl also wrote short stories for adults, which sometimes have a twist or they have black humor. Roald Dahl was a 20th Century writer. Sir Arthur…

A View from the Bridge

This scene is important to the progression of the play because it the first time Eddie confides in Alfieri and therefore a rare occasion where we learn about his inmost feelings. We know that Eddie believes he has to act ‘manly’ and so suppresses his feelings, to the extent that he does not even tell…

Ishmael Reed's America The Multinational Society

Shame Reed, discusses how many people In modern American society believe that America Is a monoculture, despite Its long history as a melting pot of diverse cultures. He successfully uses varying appeals to ethos, pathos, and logos to convince the audience of his Ideas and to persuade them that, indeed, America is more than just…

Catcher in the Rye Manifesto

In The Rye is my favorite book. I have read It more than any other work of literature, and Im a literature major. I have read classic upon classic, but no other work has captured me the way Catcher has managed to. In the light of J. D. Challengers death many of my friends have,…

Sherlock Holmes English coursework

    In “The Speckled Band” Conan Doyle introduces Helen Stoner, the victim, and she is wearing a thick black veil over her face. This makes her look quite dark and mysterious. In “The Red Headed League”, the victim is also introduced at the beginning of the story. The victim, Jabez Wilson is quite a…

Death of a salesman

Miller makes Requiem a moving and appropriate ending in many appealing ways. This ending of his reveals the even more strenuous situation of Willy. Although the audiences have known him as a salesman with no glorious achievement in life but with a conclusion like this, the funeral highlights the focus on Willy’s isolation and failure….

Macbeth, Ruler by Divine Right

To discourage this mad scramble for power among the nobles, Shakespeare uses the theme of betrayal answered by reprisals to Justify the theology of the divine right of kings. During the time of Shakespeare, Europe had become a more ordered place since the time of the Dark Ages. During this time, the lands were ruled…

Compare and Contrast the poems "The Seduction" by Eileen McAuley and "Cousin Kate" by Christina Rossetti

In my essay I will be comparing two narrative poems: “The Seduction” by Eileen McAuley and “Cousin Kate” by Christina Rossetti. The poems are two contrasting views of love, although they share similar themes and both present a women’s perspective of love from a personal viewpoint. I will also be analysing their differences and similarities…

A critique of "The sunne rising" written by John Donne

The poem, “The Sunne Rising” written by a leading poet of the time, was a bold statement to be made in that particular era of writing. The way that Donne opens his love poem could almost be described as courageous and fearless. This can be related to the content of the poem, seeing as it…

Whitman's Masculinity and Femininity in Song of Myself

All Whitman’s poems, not merely the “Children of Adam” poems and the “Calamus” poems, are love poems of blatant sexuality and amativeness, which was frightening to some of those who read and liked him and was a real bugbear to those who charged him with writing filthi without bothering to read them. However, sex, this…

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