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The Role of Japanese Mythology in Kafka on the Shore

Satoru Nakata was a young boy n November 1944 when he became involved in what would be known as the Rice Bowl Hill Incident. No one is sure what happened during this event but several Japanese school children ended up lying unconscious in a clearing in the woods near a town where they had been…

Jean Jacques Rousseau and Mary Wollstonecraft

Jean Jacques Rousseau and Mary Wollstonecraft were both born in the 18th century, within 47 years of each other, and both were regarded as important philosophical thinkers of their time. Jean Jacques Rousseau was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1712; his father was a watchmaker and his mother died while giving birth to him. His…

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

George Orwell was born in 1903 in India where his family were members of the upper middle class. He was educated at Eton but refused to attend a higher education establishment but never the less was still very well educated. He joined the Burma Police Force instead for a six-year stretch. When Orwell returned to…

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Antigone

Scenes in an Ancient Greek play were mostly formed chronologically. In “Antigone” the play follows a chronological progression but has sections where people talk about incidents of the past. Ancient Greek Plays followed a format of an opening scene, the episodes and then a closing scene. “Antigone” is in the literary genre of a tragedy:…

The Signal-Man by Charles Dickens and The Red Room by HG Wells

For my essay I am going to compare ‘The Signal-Man’ by Charles Dickens (1866) and ‘The Red Room’ by H. G Wells (1896). I am going to look at how the writers have crafted their language and structure to produce a growing sense of tension and intrigue. Herbert George Wells was born on September 21st…

I am no orator as Brutus is

This scene, the second half of the great double climax of the play, is almost entirely made up of the short speech of Brutus and the long speech of Antony. The speeches are often contrasted and it could be said that Brutus’s speech appeals to reason, whereas Antony’s appeals to emotion. Not only does Brutus’s…

'Julius Caesar'- Shakespeare Essay

Julius Caesar, a Roman tragedy was written by William Shakespeare in 1599. It was one of the earliest of Shakespeare’s three Roman history plays. The play is based in real events the assassination of Julius Caesar, the Roman dictator on 15th March 44BC. Although Julius Caesar is set in Rome over 2000 years ago it…

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…

Silas Marner (Silas Marner) and Jolil (Salt on a Snake's Tail in Come to Mecca) could both be described as "outsiders" in society

The characters of Silas Marner and Jolil Miah are quite different in their background. They are different ages, different races and religions, and the places they are brought up in are also quite different. Silas grew up in the rural countryside, while the changes of the industrial revolution were going on (in the early nineteenth…

Shakespeare's Female Characters

Come, you spirits, That tend on mortal thoughts, unsexes me here, And fill me from the crown to the toe top-full Of direst cruelty! ” demanded one of them furiously (Shakespeare 853). “If I be waspish, best beware my sting,” sneered the other (Shakespeare 333). Although they emerged nearly five centuries ago, the women who…

Chapter 19 Industrialization and Nationalism

The realist novels of Flaubert and Dickens criticized aspects of 19th century life and conditions. Louis Pasteur proposed the germ theory of disease. Romantic painters aimed to mirror the artist’s imagination What do the writers Scott, Shelley, Poe and Wordsworth have in common? They were all romantic writers. Through music, literature, and painting, the romantic…

Standards Vocabulary - Reading Literary Domain

Adaptation This is a version of an original source (such as a diary, an autobiography, or a story) which is modified for presentation in another form, such as a film, a musical, or a play. Allusion This is the reference to a person, place, or event from history, literature, or religion with which a reader…

Reading Literature Vocabulary

adaptation a version of an original source which is modified for presentation in another form, such as a film, musical, or play allusion a reference to a person place or event from history literature or religion with which a reader is likely to be familiar with analyze To separate a whole into its parts archetypal…

The Stranger and the Myth of Sisyphus? Why That’s Absurd!

The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus? Why That’s Absurd! Before the mid-twentieth century, “tragedy” was a special word reserved, as Aristotle wrote, only for those in power. Modernist literature (spearheaded by Arthur Miller’s Tragedy and the Common Man), however, muddied the waters — depicting many different types of people as tragic heroes. Among the…

Beowulf as a representation of Anglo-Saxon Society

Telling stories, it is something that everyone can love and enjoy. This has been true for thousands of years. People would tell stories for different reasons such as to pass down traditions, legends, and knowledge to the next generations to represent the different cultures. One famous story in particular is the Epic poem of a…

How Shakespeare Changed the English Language

How Shakespeare Changed the English Language BY taylor021 How William Shakespeare changed the English language William Shakespeare was born/baptized on April 26th 1564 and died on April 23rd 1616. He was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world’s pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called…

Importance of magwitch in "Great expectations"

In Great Expectations, magwitch is not always nice. He is described by pip as “a convict”, and as a “violent man” He speaks rudely to Pip “Keep still, you little devil, or I’ll cut your throat!” and yet the readers like him. His character is mean yet in someway sensitive and nice. He is violent…

Animal Farm Research Paper

Animal Farm, by George Orwell (Eric Blair), was published in 1945 and is a political satire on Soviet Russia. The author wanted people to think about brutality, injustice and the way to bring about true socialism. The theme of this novel is frustration of human ideals and challenges. The story may be read at various…

Oedipus Family

Family creates a sense of identity for each individual. In the case of Oedipus the King, identity is a very important concept as it helps one establish one’s integrity. One of the themes of the play is the importance and value of family; this gives the tragedy the sense of ‘not knowing’ as it coincides…

War In The Iliad

Homer starts the Iliad by describing the result of Achilles’ anger; ‘the anger of Peleus’ son Achilles and its devastation, which puts pains thousandfold upon the Achaians, hurled in their multitudes to the house of Hades’. Homer is describing all the pain felt by the Achaians and the deaths, of thousands of men in the…

Character Of Cleopatra

How Cleopatra acts when Antony is away reveals a lot about her character and how she feels about herself and Antony. The scene starts off with Cleopatra asking Charmian for a narcotic so that she can ‘sleep out this great gap of time’ that her Antony is away. She is thinking about Antony’s every move…

The Importance Of Saying No

In the play Antigone saying “No” is very significant. All the major characters did refuse to do something or the other all throughout the play. All the major characters like Antigone, Creon, and Ismene did say no a lot in this play. Saying “no” can be seen as a sign of stubbornness. All the characters…

Bildungsroman Genre

In literary criticism, bildungsroman or coming-of-age story is a literary genre which focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist from youth to adulthood (coming of age),[2] and in which character change is thus extremely important. [3] The term was coined in 1819 by philologist Karl Morgenstern in his university lectures, and later famously reprised by Wilhelm Dilthey, who legitimized it in 1870…

A Lickpenny Lover

O. Henry’s language is very rich and full of great quotations, allusions and metaphors. I’ll try to analyze some from his story “A lickpenny lover” in my essay. All the metaphors will be presented in order of appearance in the story. First of all, it seems interesting to me how author describes Masie telling us…

The Death Of Ivan Ilyich Analysis

One of the later works of Leo Tolstoy, the novella is preoccupied with the meaning of death, and by extension the meaning of life. The main character, Ivan Ilyich, is a sort of a symbol for common man in the industrial age. Outwardly, he has all the trappings of a successful life, but there is…

The Tempest Historical Context

One thing that probably influenced Shakespeare to write the Tempest was the event that happened in May 1609. A fleet of nine ships set out from England, with five hundred colonists on board. Their goal was the newly founded colony of Virginia, where the settlers intended to begin a new life. They hoped for fabulous…

El Coronel No Tiene Quien Le Escriba Summary

Summary of the work by chapters. “The colonel one writes,” is a work that consists of seven chapters separated by a white typo. In this paper, I will stop for a brief summary of each chapter. First, the Colonel wakes up and discovers that coffee is not enough for breakfast and have to attend a funeral, which…

Hawthorne And Puritanism

The Consequences of Puritan Depravity and Distrust as Historical Context for Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown” by Michael E. McCabe Puritan doctrine taught that all men are totally depraved and require constant self-examination to see that they are sinners and unworthy of God’s Grace. Because man had broken the Covenant of Works when Adam had eaten…

Julius Caesar Research Paper

The exact date of the publication of ‘Julius Caesar’ is not absolutely certain. However, most critics agree that the play was written sometime between 1598 and 1608 – during, or just after, the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. ‘Julius Caesar’ is the first of Shakespeare’s three Roman Plays, the other two being ‘Antony and Cleopatra’…

The Sea Raiders

The sentence structure varies in the two different narratives. The author of “The Sea Raiders”, H. G. Wells, uses longer sentences overall than the author of “The Fog Horn” (Ray Bradbury). This is because “The Sea Raiders” was written in the Victorian era, unlike “The Fog Horn”, which is more modern – from the nineteen…

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