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How does Shakespeare use conflict in Romeo and Juliet Act 1 Scene 1

In this essay I will address how conflict is successfully used in Act 1 Scene 1 to prepare the audience for the rest of the play. It will firstly show how Shakespeare uses physical conflict between the two feuding families. Secondly I will demonstrate the idea that Shakespeare introduces emotional conflict through the character of…

How does Shakespeare portray ambiguity in the play Romeo and Juliet

The exploration of ambiguity in the play ‘Romeo and Juliet’ encapsulates Shakespeare’s message of how there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong,’ ‘good’ or ‘evil’. This theme is sparked from the contextual circumstance of the play, set in Renaissance England, a time of great change and cultural ambiguity, bringing about the protestant reformation and the emergence…

Shakespeare: relationships between men and women in Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare’s plays present the relationships between men and women in various ways, as for example, Benedick is a supposed tyrant to women, while Romeo, a member of the Capulet household, is deeply in love with Juliet. Shakespeare makes the audience focus on how men and women portrayed themselves to society in the Renaissance period. Men…

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Comparing Wilfred Owen’s The Sentry and Dulce et Decorum Est

Wilfred Owen’s poetry is not about grandeur, dominion or altruism. It is about war and the grotesque horrors that it represents to the former nation, the nation of today and the nation of tomorrow. Owen did not write in self-pity but in the pity of war. His poems The Sentry and Dulce et Decorum Est…

How does Shakespeare Present Romeo in Acts 1 and 2 of Romeo and Juliet

‘Romeo and Juliet’ is a tragic love story written by William Shakespeare about a young couple, who’s forbidden love leads to them to kill themselves, but their deaths bring their families together. The play follows two lovers, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, heirs to two feuding families from Verona who meet at a party and…

How Juliet is presented in Act 1 Scene 5 in the play and in Baz Luhrmann’s film version

Juliet is presented very similarly in both the film and in the text version when comparing in Act 1 Scene 5. This is the scene where Romeo and Juliet first meet each other and immediately fall in love. Although their presentation is largely the same, there are some slight differences. Juliet’s first meeting with Romeo…

How does Shakespeare present love through Romeo and Juliet and a selection of his sonnets

Shakespeare presents love as a polarizing force through both Romeo and Juliet and a selection of his sonnets. Unrequited and courtly, it evokes feelings of great anguish yet when reciprocated and true, brings great joy, albeit in fleeting moments. Spiritual love can evolve into a pure entity, transcending physical attraction and even death – also…

A Farewell to False Love

The writer uses all of these poetic elements to make this poem the best poem In the world. The structure of this poem Is very common for the era that It was written. It Is written In pentameter which Is five pairs of strong and weak syllables. This makes the poem easy to read and…

Comparison between Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Jack Clayton’s cinematographic adaptation

A good story can be told in many different ways. That is what happens with our oral narrative. It goes from mouth to mouth and each narrator gives to it a teaspoon of personal taste. The same occurs when a novel is transformed into a script for a movie. Movies give us the chance to…

The Appropriateness of Alternative Titles to The Great Gatsby

The title The Great Gatsby immediately brings up not only the memory of a character, but the story of the famous book by Scott Fitzgerald. It seems even that there could be no other name to this novel, that maybe none other would capture its essence as simply but completely as The Great Gatsby. However,…

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…

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…

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