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People & Society Essay Examples

The Handmaid’s Tale and Songs of Innocence and Experience

Both Margaret Atwood and William Blake explore the issue of authority and the power it has over the vulnerable in society in their texts. Atwood presents the theme of authority with various motifs: the Nazi-like principles of the hypocritical, totalitarian government of Gilead; irony and neologisms. Blake illustrates how adults have a profound authority over…

Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Compare and contrast the ways in which Ken Kesey and Chuck Palahniuk explore the consequences of the use and abuse of power ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ and ‘Fight Club’. The use of power for good and the abuse of power, as well as their consequences, are elements that are explored in both ‘One Flew…

A Christmas Carol

The novel ‘A Christmas Carol’ narrates the story of a man called Scrooge and how he realises his behaviour to people must change in order to do well in his life as spirits show his past, present and future. In each stave Scrooge gradually changes his attitude to become a better person. Early on in…

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Comparisons of love in A rose for Emily and Sweat

When we think about love, we usually associate it having positive effects on the lives of individuals. But as portrayed by William Faulkner in “A Rose For Emily and by Zora Neale Hurston, in “Sweat”, the effects of love can be deadly. In “A Rose For Emily”, Emily’s love causes her to kill to keep,…

The ways in which Thomas Hardy uses setting to help portray Tess' feelings

In 1891 Thomas Hardy published the novel ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ which is a story based on the life and times of a farm girl named Tess. Tess is a 17 year old girl of lower class whose family horse dies in an accident and her family are struggling for money so Tess goes to…

How did Thomas Hardy use description to portray Tess' emotions

Thomas Hardy has been a very successful writer. He was penalised for writing novels in which were not ‘proper’ at the time he wrote it. Tess of the D’Urbervilles was said to be ‘pessimistic’ and ‘immoral’ by critics of the 19th century. This meant Tess of the D’urbervilles was one of Hardy’s last ever novels….

Margaret Atwood

What do you find interesting about the ways in which Margaret Atwood presents relationships between men and women? In “The Handmaid’s Tale”, Atwood continually streeses the importance of intimacy, tenderness and love, in its many guises. Considering Atwood is a feminist writer who creates a patriarchal dystopia, one might expect the book to have a…

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…

In the Skin of a lion

In the novel, In The Skin Of A Lion, by Michael Annotated, Patrick Lewis is put through events and has certain expectations placed on him that greatly affect his perception and his method of handling situations that he Is placed In. Patrick Lewis Is always expected to be compassionate and affectionate towards others no matter…

"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 red convertible

Louise Erdrich was born in 1954 in Little Falls, Minnesota. Her father was German American and her mother was a Chippewa Indian. Her early schooling was in a Bureau of Indian Affairs which was a boarding school. She wrote throughout her childhood and majored in creative writing in college. She earned a master’s degree in…

Gothic vs. Romantic Elements

What are the 4 Gothic elements? Psychological Torment, Bleak or Remote Setting, Supernatural Elements, Physical Violence What are the 5 Romantic elements? (The 5 i’s) Imagination, Intuition, Idealism, Inspiration, Individuality Describe IMAGINATION (5 i’s) Emphasized over reason, necessary for creating all art. “Age of Reason” Describe INTUITION (5 i’s) Romantics placed value on “intuition” or…

Metaphysical/ Cavalier Poetry at John Milton

Metaphysical based on abstract (typically, excessively abstract) reasoning Derogatory showing a critical or disrespectful attitude Acrane understood by few; mysterious or secret Conventional based on or in accordance with what is generally done or believed Lyric (of poetry) expressing the writer’s emotions, usually briefly and in stanzas or recognized forms Conventions a way in which…

American Literature: Our Nation's Voice

According to William Ellery Channing, national literature includes “The toughts of profound and original minds.” and “Important works in philosphy” The detective will interrogate the witness and write down his answers. question Native American stories often depict nature as a spiritual mother Which type of oral tradition is the most popular across Native American tribes?…

Jade Peony: Post-Colonial Terms

To begin, Third Space, when an individual finds himself in between two cultures, belonging to either. This is relevant and clearly shown in the novel Jade Peony by Ways Choc, through the character Seeks. Seeks born in Canada, is of Chinese descent, but he associates himself towards Canada. He is poor with Chinese terms and…

So Long a Letter

So Long a Letter is a novel written by Mariama Ba, a black Sengalese author. It was assumed that she had lived a life that was very similar to the two main female characters of her story. Mariama Ba is an educated woman, who attended school at Ecole Normale Institution, an exclusive Western school situated…

Black Like Me Essay

John Howard Griffin (JHG) is a specialist for the hard life of Negroes in the south of the USA in the 1950’s. His idea is to change the color of his skin for being able to experience the discrimination on his own. He visits George Levitan, one of his old friends and owner of the…

Bag Lady Summary

“Baglady” is a British short story written by A. S. Byatt, it was published in the collection “Elementals” in 1998. The main character in this story is Daphne Gulver- Robins. Daphne accompanies her husband on a business trip to the Far East. The main reason she is on the trip, is for her husband to…

Scrooge's Partner

A Christmas Carol’ is a straightforward allegory. An allegory is a type of narrative story in which events or characters represent a certain idea or theme, which relies heavily on symbolism. Dickens’s story is about a greedy, selfless man called ‘Scrooge’ who is the opposite of what Christmas means. The first line of the novel…

Vernon Scannell

A poem that I feel relates to the topic of “Marriage and Birth and Death” is Silver Wedding by Vernon Scannell. This poem deals simultaneously with the themes of marriage and death. The poem is about Vernon’s feelings in the aftermath his Silver Wedding anniversary. He starts with a very dramatic, depressing introduction. “The party…

Cat Rain

Cat in the Rain is one of Hemingway’s most famous short stories, depicting an American couple spends their holiday in an Italian hotel. The American wife in the story sees a cat crouched under a table in the rain and wants to bring it to her room. When she goes to search for the cat,…

Anne Bradstreet Essay

Emotional Conflict of Puritan Belief Anne Bradstreet was a puritan wife and mother. However, her passion for literary creation was forced, moreover, to operate within the restraints and inhibitions of Puritanism. There is a conflict between Puritan theology and her own personal feelings on life reflected in many of her poems in which reveal her…

The Bonesetter's Daughter

Ghosts are prevalent throughout many novels and are used to create certain affects on the reader. The writers’ purpose in incorporating these ghosts into their novels constitute to various reasons, some that may be quite obvious, while others remain underlying for the readers to interpret and discover on their own. In the novels The Bonesetter’s…

Tony Kytes The Arch Deceiver

Hardy was the first major writer to focus on the countryside but when he wrote his stories, times were changing and the Industrial revolution affected the countryside population. Bennett’s writing forms a contrast to Hardy; his story is centred in the five towns (the pottery towns) around Stoke on Trent. His story reflects the change…

Cinderella Essay

hi.. i’m just looking around Tattercoats Tattacoats is an English fairy tale gathered by Joseph Jacobs in his “More English Fairy Tales”. A fairy tale is a fictional story that may feature magical characters and numbers. They always ends happily, but they also contains a moral or message. So what’s the moral in Tattercoats? The…

Brave New World Essay Topics

In Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World. Huxley creates a futuristic universe governed by conformance and entry to society. Citizens of this World State are conditioned to follow a set life style determined at birth in order to make a stable civilisation. However. there is still some signifier of individualism in each individual. specifically in…

Suyuan Woo

In Amy Tan’s novel, The Joy Luck Club, each female character experiences different degrees of tragedy, but Suyuan Woo’s life appears to the most tragic. Despite suffering many misfortunes in her life, Suyuan is a willful woman who does not focus on the hardships in life but instead attempts to create happiness. With this personality,…

Great Gatsby Men

In literature, anti-feminism and patriarchal ideologies can manifest in very different forms. Some texts can be subtle while others are blatantly chauvinistic. A text can, however, can contain sexist ideologies but portray them in negative ways to promote feminism. If a text fails to address and condemn any forms of sexism it contains, the text…

Sparsit

In the novel ‘Hard Times’, Mrs Sparsit is the housekeeper for the very outspoken Mr Bounderby, who is always talking about how self made he is although throughout the book he story alters a bit to fit the mood of the particular chapter. Mrs Sparsit is not portrayed, as you would expect a housekeeper to…

Social Class In The Great Gatsby

Instead, Fitzgerald explores two efferent classes of the wealthy. There are individuals, like Jordan Baker, who were born into their wealth. Her family has most likely had money for generations on end. Because of this they are called “old money’. In The Great Gatsby, the people who are born into old money do not have…

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