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What Strength and Weaknesses of the American Character Was Revealed by Isabel Archer?

Isabel Archer is a young American woman who lost her Mom when she was young, and who received a rather varied and eccentric upbringing. At the beginning of the book, her father dies and she is left to figure out what to do with her life. At this crucial time in Isabel’s life her eccentric…

Young Goodman Brown Plot

Plot Summary of “Young Goodman Brown” Young Goodman Brown is a short story with a traditional plot structure pattern of exposition, rising action, conflict, climax, and denouement. The exposition, as in traditional plot schemes, introduces the protagonist Young Goodman Brown in the opening sentence along with his wife Faith in the setting of a Salem…

Symbolism Analysis: A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings

Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ short story tells us of a peculiar story of an old man appearing in the yard of a couple. The couple happened to have a sick child, and the old man happened to posses wings. This is where the story revolves: the couple’s fear that the old man might be an angel…

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The World Is a Stage, and All Are Merely Players

Introduction to Theatre Review on As You Like It. “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. ” touched my heart when I sat under a tree in dog wood park to see the play which leaves me no doubt that this is “As you like it” written by the…

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie BY prs95 ‘Form is inseparable from content in a work of literature’. How do the formal qualities of narratives shape the reader’s experience of their contents? German philosopher, Immanuel Kant, has supported the statement “Form is inseparable from content in a work of literature”. He strongly believed that “Form’…

Can you keep a secret

The two plays that I have chosen to compare are “Road” by Jim Cartwright and “Can you keep a secret” by Winsome Pinnock. “Road” had its theatrical debut in 1986, at the Royal Court Theatre in London, and was later adapted by the BBC to a film in 1987. “Can you keep a secret” was…

Opening scene of Hamlet

The audience observes the opening scene of Hamlet, where they see a man standing guard (Francisco) on the platform of the castle known as Elsinorea, at the dead of night. In films, this place is often depicted, as very high up on the walls of the castle, over looking the dark sea. This would portray…

The crucible – role of abigail in the play

What is the role of Abigail Williams in the play ‘The Crucible’ and to what extent did she cause what happened in Salem? As an actor or director what qualities to you consider important for this role? “The Crucible” is a play written by Aruthur Miller as an historical allegory for the 1950’s communist ‘witch…

How does Williams portray the character of Stanley and his attitudes

In the play, Stanley is portrayed as a very masculine, aggressive character, with chauvinistic attitudes to both Stella and Blanche. However, despite his thuggishness, he is also portrayed as attractive- Stella can’t live without him – and he is sometimes seen to have a more naive vulnerable side to his character. One of the first…

Compare the film The matrix with Plato’s Allegory of the cave

The Allegory of the Cave is one of Greek philosopher Plato’s most well known works. It is an extended allegory, where humans are depicted as being imprisoned by their bodies and what they perceive by sight only. In the allegory of the cave Plato wanted to show how true reality is not always what it…

J. B. Priestley’s: “An Inspector Calls”

J. B. Priestley’s play: ‘An Inspector Calls’ is extremely tense, dramatic and interesting. Priestley makes his play this good by using a very wide array of clever techniques. These include: dramatic irony, snide comments and a true understanding of the people he has based the play on. During this piece of writing I shall be…

Piano and Drums

How is the relationship of the poet to the past explored in ‘Digging’ and either ‘Our History’ or ‘Piano and Drums’? The relationship of the poet to the past is explored in ‘Digging’ and ‘Piano and Drums’ through themes of the poet’s heritage and the change that has occurred between the past and the present….

Stanley Kowalski

During the late nineteen-forties, it was common for playwrights such as Tennessee Williams to use symbolism as an approach to convey personal thoughts, through the attitudes of the characters and the setting. Williams’ actors have used symbolism to disguise the actuality of their thoughts and to accommodate the needs of their conservative audience. A Streetcar…

Character analysis of Eddie

A View from the Bridge is a contemporary drama written by Arthur Miller in 1955, who was born in New York City and studied at the University of Michigan. The play takes place in Brooklyn around 1950’s. Eddie is an inarticulate character and is powerless in the face of his tragic fate. He harbors a secret…

The Mystery Of Inspector Goole

The inspector is a strange character and this is shown throughout the play in several situations. An inspector should talk to people with courtesy and respect, especially to the Birlings as they are respected and upheld members of the public. The inspector however, does not and proceeds to interrogate them in a very peculiar manner….

Who is most responsible for Eva Smith’s death

The opening scene to the play ‘An Inspector Calls’ is vitally important as this is where the audience is introduced to the different characters, where their actions, expression, the way they speak, their appearance. All these affect the audience’s impression of the character. The playwright J B Priestley creates in the first scene a dramatic…

In what ways is The Signalman a typical ghost story

The supernatural element of the story reflects the Victorian fascination with the paranormal as a reaction against the rapid advances in science and technology during the 19th century that seemed to deny the existence of a spiritual dimension to life. The story is a true mystery; it can have no solution as is about the…

The role of fairies and/or the supernatural in the medieval lay

Medieval lays are essentially tales of romance, often of Celtic origin. Similar patterns of events, or certain features are common in many lays, for example the theme of deeply felt love or a complex love situation where two lovers are separated, go through a period of grief and are eventually reunited. This pattern of events…

A Gab of Sky by Anna Hope

To be united with many, and still feel so alone In the vastness of great cities – a feeling many can relate to. Every man and woman wakes up, steps out into world, making their way through the endless clutter of human beings, each one with a vast amount of goals, that must be achieved…

The Man with the Twisted Lip

This story is unusual, although not unique, for not containing any crime at all, although at first it seems to be dealing with a murder. When Mr. Neville St Clair disappears in a house full of opium dealers the police came to the conclusion that he had been murdered and blamed it on a hideous…

Sherlock Holmes

At the time the Sherlock Holmes stories were written there was a large influx of crime, which was becoming uncontrollable, as the small police force did not have enough resources or men to cope with the sudden increase in crime. This started a new popularity in detective crime stories throughout London and Britain. The stories…

The gothic horror genre

Immediately before Jonathan makes the discovery of Dracula’s resting place, there are some very intense Gothic description that builds up until the incident of horror. Jonathan describes, “… the stairs were dark… at the bottom there was a dark, tunnel-like passage through which came a deathly, sickly odour” which gives the reader feelings of tenseness….

Lady Catherine

In ‘Pride and Prejudice’ the main target of Austen’s is satire, are the characters with money and the characters that have to prove their position because they feel they deserve respect due to their money and position. Also Jane Austen uses religious hypocrisy, snobbery and the concept of ‘proper’ social conduct to show her personal…

The Comparison of Characters in Reference to Beowulf

However, I find this untrue, the characters In Beowulf are more dynamic and have greater moral value when compared and contrasted to characters In most modern day novels. When we think of the epic “Beowulf” the first thing that comes to mind Is the mall character of the story Beowulf himself. Throughout the story he…

Murder mystery genre

These two stories are completely different from each other, only one of them follows the murder mystery genre we are used to.  A typical murder mystery usually revolves around a highly respected detective who always seems to find the murderer by the end of the story. We never get to know the victim very well in…

Unsympathetic a character

Each character is punished in an appropriate way. Birling fears for his family’s reputation at the inquest; Sheila feels shame for her selfishness; Gerald has his affair revealed in front of Sheila; Mrs Birling has her illusions about the respectability of her family shattered by Eric; and Eric is revealed before his indulgent parents as…

Crook’s Diary Entry Of mice and Men

Oh god. So much happened today; I don’t remember the last time I had so much to deal with in one night. I just sittin’ around, workin’ in my room, enjoying the peace and quite of the night when I heard someone at the door. It was Lennie, the new big guy, askin’ about his…

Olivia asks Viola

Twelfth Night (1601) exposes Shakespeare’s satirical attitude toward the societal norms of the Elizabethan era. The Carnivalesque title brings about notions of both the inversion of stereotypical roles as well as the excess of the Christmas period. Feste upholds the carnival spirit while Malvolio is diametrically opposed, historically at this point there was a shift…

Satire in Great Gatsby (Chapter 5)

In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald satirizes how newly wealthy Americans acted during the 1920’s through Jay Gatsby. The 1920’s was nicknamed the ‘Roaring Twenties’, and during this time period, many people were much more wealthy and were only interested in big, extravagant things. Jay Gatsby is an example of this. He…

Witches and Lady Macbeth

Essay on Three Witches and Lady Macbeth In the Shakespearian tragedy, Macbeth, there are many characters who greatly influence and contribute to the outcome of the play. Among the characters, Macbeth is the main character of the play. However, there are also other less significant characters who have a large impact on the plot of…

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