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Two Weeks with the Queen by Mary Morris

Two weeks with the queen the play by Mary Morris is mainly about a boy who has to grow up and face the responsibilities of an adult. Colin and Alistair face many difficulties. Colin has to bear the illness of his brother, while Alistair faces the difficulty of standing up for himself. In this play…

‘Little Old Lady’

The play ‘Little Old Lady’ is set on a train; the play is about no smoking in underground station because of the fire at king’s crosses station in 1980 also the play is about how people were treated in the 1980s. Arnold Wesker wrote this play to show people how people were treated in 1980s….

DH Lawrence’s ‘Mountain Lion’ and ‘Snake’

DH Lawrence (1885-1930) is one of the outstanding British authors of the early 20th century. It was obvious from an early age that Lawrence was a gifted child. Raised in a working class environment, he was the son of a Nottinghamshire miner. His mother, however, was from a middle class background. Due to the social…

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“Journey’s End” by R C Sherriff

A dramatic analysis of Act three, Scene one, showing how R. C Sherriff brings the raid to life and conveys the horror of war, despite the limitations of the stage. The author of the play R. C Sherriff, was an officer in the First World War. The play is based upon his real life experiences….

Compare the female characters in DH Lawrence’s ‘Tickets, Please’ and Thomas Hardy’s ‘Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver’

Both DH Lawrence’s ‘Tickets, Please’ and ‘Tony Kytes, the Arch-Deceiver’ deal with relationships between men and women and the rejection of women by men. At the beginning of ‘Tickets, Please’, Annie is ‘peremptory’ and ‘one of the fearless young hussies’ that controls the tramcars. At the end after Annie and John Thomas’ roller coaster-like relationship,…

Close analysis of key scenes in “Journey’s End”

Journeys End is a play that creates a lot of dramatic tension throughout it, and there are several ways in which the author, R. C. Sheriff, creates and maintains tension. Not only is tension created by the characters on stage, but also by various techniques including the lighting, sound and stage directions. I understand dramatic…

‘The Grave by The Handpost’ by Thomas Hardy and ‘Drunkard Of The River’ by Michael Anthony

I am going to be comparing two short stories. The first story ‘The Grave by The Handpost’ by Thomas Hardy, which was written in the ninth century; the other story was ‘Drunkard Of The River’ which was written by Michael Anthony in the twentieth century. ‘The Grave By The Handpost’ is set in a rural…

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…

Sociology of Sexual Differences – A Critique of The Feminization of Love

We identify love with emotional expression and discussion of felling. The feminization of love by Francesca M. Cancian, focus is on one kind of love: long-term heterosexual love in contemporary United States. Cancian’s thesis is that there is a feminized and incomplete perspective on love predominates in the United States. There are two guidelines, which…

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….

The Outsider In Silas Marner

Silas Marner is a novel that explores many different key themes. George Elliot has made this novel a very deep and meaningful story with complex characters and twisting plot. She has used a very wide range of technical and methodological language to bring the character of Silas Marner to life. Silas Marner is a weaver…

How Silas Marner changes in the novel Silas Marner by George Eliot

Mary Anne Evans, who is better known by her pen name of George Eliot, is an amazing novelist. She was born in England in 1819 during the industrial revolution. Mary was very intelligent and due to her father’s role in society (he was Robert Evans the Warwickshire estate agent for the Earl of Lonsdale) she…

What Part Does Gold Play in the Lives of Godfrey Cass and Silas Marner

George Eliot’s 19th century novel explores the lives of the people of Raveloe, especially those of Godfrey Cass and the weaver Silas Marner. Raveloe was a small, sleepy village tucked far away from the advancing industrial revolution. “Raveloe lay low among the bushy trees and the rutted lanes, aloof from the currents of industrial energy”…

How Does George Eliot bring about our sympathy with Silas

“In the early years of this century such a linen-weaver, named Silas Marner, worked at his vocation in a stone cottage that stood among the nutty hedgerows near the village of Raveloe, and not far from the edge of a deserted stone-pit.” This is the first point in the book where we meat Silas Marner,…

Is ‘Silas Marner’ a Moral Tale

A moral tale is a recalled story with a deeper, meaningful lesson to be learned hidden in it. The earliest moral tales probably originate from the Bible. One such moral tale in it was about a shepherd who had one hundred sheep. But when a lamb strayed away, the shepherd left his flock of ninety-nine…

Compare the style and sentiment expressed in Cider with Rosie and Silas Marner

Laurie Lee wrote Cider with Rosie in 1959. As it is an autobiography, it was written in the period it happened, this being 1917 to the late 1920s. It was set in Slad, as this is where he was bought up. This is the more modern of the two books. Silas Marner on the other…

How does George Eliot portray the changes of the character Silas Marner

George Eliot describes Raveloe at the start of the nineteenth century through a changing world. At this time the changes in the industrial revolution were making many poor, working people leave the countryside to work in factories and live in crowded, squalid towns where small religious groups were beginning to form such as the one…

What do we learn about life in the early 19th century from reading “Silas Marner” by George Eliot

George Eliot was born in 1819, named Mary Ann Evans. She changed her name to George Eliot when she started writing; this was a trend that women novelists followed because they were considered inferior to men so therefore were not taken seriously when they wrote. One of the key things which are relevant to this…

By Comparing Silas Marner and Godfrey Cass, consider George Eliot’s presentation of fatherhood in Silas Marner

There are many similarities between Silas Marner and George Eliot’s own life. Both she and Marner discovered happiness again when they were middle aged; Marner was given Eppie and found love and trust once more through her. Just like Eliot found love with Lewes. Silas Marner was written in the Victorian era – a time…

Eliot ensures that in ‘Silas Marner’ all the characters get exactly what they Deserve

The word deserve means to be entitled to or worthy of. The characters in ‘Silas Marner’ have things happen to them some beneficial and some detrimental. These are usually a result of what has happened in the past. Many of the characters act foolishly and get what they deserve in return for their foolishness, but…

What does the novel have to say about the relationship between parents and their children

In 1861 during the epoch of the Industrial Revolution, George Eliot (real name: Mary Anne Evans), wrote the renowned novel ‘Silas Marner’. The novel deeply explores the nature of relationship between parent and child, portrayed by many characters in the book. I believe the main reason Eliot wrote ‘Silas Marner’ was because in the Victorian…

Shakespeare: ‘Twelfth Night’

These lines – and indeed Act Three Scene One itself – is taken from almost exactly the middle of the play. Many of the characters’ secrets are beginning to come out – or are at least suspected. Viola is troubled by her love for Orsino, and it is possible that this is something that Feste…

The novel ‘The Time Machine’ was published in 1895, at the height of the industrial revolution

Industrial revolution was taking place in the Victorian era, progress and technological progress was advancing and lots of machines and new technologies were being invented. People were afraid that they might lose their jobs to the machines so they started moving away from the cities to the rural areas. As time was very early at…

Prose study -The Time Machine by HG Wells

As part of my English literature coursework, I am going to analyse H. G wells novel ‘The Time Machine. I shall be focusing on chapter 12 of the play and explaining how this chapter is the climax of the narrative. I will also be considering how Wells creates suspense. Herbert George Wells was born on…

The Red Room and The Monkey’s Paw Compare and Contrast

H.G.Wells is very well known for the science fiction books that he wrote. With his first novel “The Time Machine” which became was immediately successful he began to write a series of science fiction novels that revealed him as a writer of many ideas and a strong sense of imagination. In his lifetime he has…

The Case of the Stolen Bacillus by HG Wells and the Half Pair by Bertrum Chandler

I have been asked to read two stories from the science fiction genre and discuss and comment on the similarities and differences. The two stories that I have read are; The Case of the Stolen Bacillus by H. G. Wells and The Half Pair by Bertrum Chandler. Both of these stories are of the same…

The attitudes, character and role of Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee uses the character of Atticus Finch as a mouthpiece for many of her moral ethics in her novel. He plays many roles within the novel; primarily as a father, then as a highly principled man, a respected citizen of a small town community, and finally as a lawyer trying to do his job…

Atticus confesses that he sometimes thinks of himself as a “complete failure” as a parent

Atticus Finch is nearly fifty years of age and is a well-known and established lawyer in Maycomb County. Atticus has two children named Jeremy Finch and Jean Louise Finch, better known as Jem and Scout. Atticus is an only parent as Jem and Scouts’ mother died when Scout was two from a sudden heart attack…

What do we learn from ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ about life and attitudes in the 1930s and how important is the setting to the novel

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is one of the most influential pieces of literature concerning such sensitive issues as racism and class prejudice. The novel, written by Harper Lee, was published in the 1960s, but was set in 1930s America. The novel was set during the time of the depression, and at a time of extreme…

A Comparison of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘The Withered Arm’

Thomas Hardy wrote ‘The Withered Arm’ in 1874, and Harper Lee wrote ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in 1960. In both texts ‘outsiders’ form the basis of the plot. The dictionary definition of an outcast, or outsider, is ‘a person who is rejected or excluded from a social group’. There are many causes that make people…

The Stark effects of being absurd in society – The Outsider

A long time ago, I summed up ‘The Outsider in a sentence which I realise is extremely paradoxical: ‘In our society any man who doesn’t cry at his mother’s funeral is liable to be condemned to death. ‘ Albert Camus 8th January 1955 The novel ‘The Outsider’ establishes a being that is a ‘Nomad’ or…

Frank McCourt’s “Angela’s Ashes” and James Joyce’s “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man”

When attempting to formulate concrete lists that define the usages of language, one of the first usages that frequently arises is ‘language to inform’. Another frequently mentioned usage is ‘language to persuade’, and the list goes on for far longer than this besides. Along with various forms of media, as well as human speech itself,…

What is the ‘all that’ that Robert Graves is referring too

This essay is going to explore Robert Graves’s autobiographical novel and detail Robert graves use of the phrase all that and what it may refer too. The phrase ‘all that’ is very vague and indefinite. ‘All that’ could refer to so much; things, people, places, even emotions and feelings. In this novel ‘all that’ could…

An Analysis of Nadine Gordimer’s Short Stories

Death is something that affects everyone and is always reoccurring. Nadine Gordimer references death in her work frequently; breaking down boundaries and stereotypes. She opens her mind on paper and tells the world as it is. She talks about subjects that are taboo, and while doing this she makes us aware of its constant presence…

Of Being Trapped: Male and Female Paralysis in Dubliners

A pattern that tends to emerge in each of the stories contained within Dubliners by James Joyce is characters that are paralyzed. Joyce himself would write in a letter to Grant Richards that “[m]y intention was to write a chapter of the moral history of my country and I chose Dublin for the scene because…

Memory is deceptive because it is coloured by today’s events

Literature is a constantly contested and revised term coined to separate the literary world into works of superior or lasting artistic merit and the ‘other’. This elitist nature used by literary ‘scholars’ created the foundation for all the teachings and ideals of the social, cultural and political thoughts of their times. The worth of literature…

The ways in which Shakespeare presents different ideas relating to the Elizabethan/ Jacobean world picture in King Lear

During the Elizabethan/Jacobean period, ideas such as the Divine Right of Kings, the nature of order and hierarchy and the idea of the microcosm and the macrocosm were all seen as “common sense”. This ideology can be directly translated within King Lear because it is clear that these Elizabethan/Jacobean themes and beliefs run throughout the…

War is Peace: Perceptual and Societal Death and Rebirth in William Shakespeare’s, King Lear

In William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, “King Lear,” certain characters’ flawed sense of perception allows the fundamental structures of reality to be completely turned upside-down and gives shape to the play’s holistic metaphor of a life cycle in ultimate death and rebirth. The world created for King Lear’s story is one where the idea of perception…

“The Grapes of Wrath” and “Fiesta”

In Ernest Hemingway’s “Fiesta (The Sun Also Rises)” we are given an account of life in Europe, after the devastation of World War I. The main characters are expatriates living in Europe after all suffering through the War. Both their identity and their lives have been affected; consequently forcing them to be categorised as the…

The Pearl

The novel is about Kino a pearl fisher and his family. One day, a scorpion stung his son Coyotito. The doctor refused to treat him because Kino is poor and no money. So Kino went for pearl fishing in the hope that it would pay for his son’s treatment. Kino found a pearl. The pearl…

Kingship

To be a good king, God must pick you. In Elizabethan times, everyone believed that to be a king, you had to be blessed by the Right of Kings – which comes from God. The Elizabethans followed many orders, this being one of them. The murder of a king is far worse than any other…

John Fowles The French Lieutenant’s Woman

According to Nelson Vieira, John Fowles’ The French Lieutenant’s Woman: ‘falls under the rubric of what is commonly known today as metafiction. Metafictional writers thus operate and function with a freedom of exposing illusion for what it is- a device used to mask narrative as a construct and a figment of one’s imagination.’1 John Fowles…

Mrs Dalloway

This essay will be investigating to what extent Woolf used her novel Mrs Dalloway to criticise the social system. To do this I will be taking into account the year the novel was written, and examining the social situations which the reader could have perceived to be critical. Also, it will be important to acknowledge…

Stephen Crane’s vs Emily Dickinson’s view of nature

Even though the authors were contemporaries for a period of time, Dickinson and Crane were influenced by the prevalent literary movements of their times-Romanticism and Naturalism, respectively-and their views of nature were shaped accordingly, understandably differing quite a bit. The societies in which Huck Finn and Edna Pontellier lived are naturally the first aspect of…

Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw and Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

Bernard Shaw and Jean Rhys were both influential in their genre fields. Both the play and the novel develop themes of the rights of the individual and how that individual may be set aside from the rest of the society they inhabit. Throughout the development of civilisation there are accepted modes of representation and this…

Gulliver’s Travels

First published in 1726, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels swirls around much controversy and debate. Children throughout the generation are invariably pleased by the adventures of Gulliver, the gentle giant in the toy-town of Lilliput or of Gulliver in Brobdingnag, so shrunken that the larks are the size of sheep and a household cat is of…

Evil in Sula and Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Evil, or at least each community’s perception of it, plays a key role in both Sula and Oranges are Not the Only Fruit. In Sula it is Sula Peace that is the Bottom community’s poster girl for evil; in Oranges it is Jeanette that incurs the wrath of her church. Judgment and methods of punishment…

Analyse a short story by Dorothy Parker in context of controversy surrounding gender roles during 1920’s

This essay within the framework of the ‘Big Blonde’ will argue that although women in America were given the right to vote during the 1920s, they were still struggling for social and economic equality with men. New York City was a place of male control and power, where a woman was considered a second-class citizen…

Samuel Johnson’s deceptively subtle satire ‘The History of Rasselas Prince of Abissinia’

Samuel Johnson’s deceptively subtle satire ‘The History of Rasselas Prince of Abissinia’ depicts Rasselas and his companions in their pursuit of the happiness acquired from the correct ‘choice of life’. The narrative consists of an extensive vocabulary, which is conveyed through an elegant style, and is written in the third person, in order to construct…

The significance of narrative perspective in Melville’s Benito Cereno and Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Herman Melville’s Benito Cereno and Frederick Douglass’ Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself are two very different texts, both dealing with aspects of slavery in the early 19th century. The first is a work of fiction, told from a third person perspective whereas the latter: an autobiography, following…

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