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Prospero as a Self-Centred Magician Who Demonstrates Some of the Worst Qualities

- Prospero as a Self-Centred Magician Who Demonstrates Some of the Worst Qualities "The Tempest" was one of Shakespeare's last plays and unlike the earlier ones didn't really fit into any certain genre, instead it had elements of all the themes within it: Also a lot of his plays had sad endings, take "Romeo and Juliet" a very romantic play that had a tragic ending but this changed when he was writing his last plays and so they had happier endings which contained an element of forgiveness and new beginnings....   [tags: Papers]

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How Evil is Portrayed in Lord of the Flies by George Orwell

- How Evil is Portrayed in Lord of the Flies by George Orwell William Golding uses allegory in Lord of the Flies to portray the evil that is in people. An allegory is a story with an underlying meaning as well as a literal one. William Golding uses allegory on two levels in Lord of the Flies, one relating to World War Two that had just taken place when the book was written and another relating to Jesus Christ and the Garden of Eden. An important aspect of the novel is the time in which it was written, due to the Second World War ending....   [tags: Papers]

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Use of the Dramatic Monologue in Porphyria's Lover and My Last Duchess

- In 'Porphyria's Lover' and 'My Last Duchess', Browning uses several features of dramatic monologue in order to engage and sustain the interest of the audience. This style of monologue is spoken by a character, which is not the poet, and is usually projected at a critical moment, as in the case of 'My Last Duchess' and 'Porphyria's Lover'. The speakers unintentionally reveal their insanity, in both poems, through their separate accounts. By making a comparison of the two poems, it becomes clear that Browning has used similar disturbing themes to illustrate what an individual is capable of doing....   [tags: Robert Browning, My Last Duchess]

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The Contrast of Love and Hate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- The Contrast of Love and Hate in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet is a love story that has more hostility and bloodshed than most of to day's common television series. The play begins with an insurrection of the civilian people, ends with a double suicide, and in between of this hostility and bloodshed there is an act of three murders. All of this takes place in the duration of four petite days. In the love story of Romeo and Juliet it is frequent for love to turn to hate from one line to another....   [tags: Papers]

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What People Like about Films and How they Keep the Audience's Attention

- What People Like about Films and How they Keep the Audience's Attention What is it that you like about films. There’s no right answer to this question of course. Many viewers have different opinions on what catches their attention- it could be the comedy in a movie or the horror that keeps them interested. The genre is what the film is related to for example: the film ‘Final Destination’ is related to thriller whereas ‘Cats and Dogs’ is related to comedy. The genre is aimed at certain groups such as audience who like adventure, action or romance in a film....   [tags: Papers]

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Reality and Illusion in Shakespeare's Hamlet - The Deception of Appearance

- Appearance versus Reality in Hamlet          Hamlet is organized around various pairs of opposing forces. One of these forces is the difference between that what seems and that which actually is, in other words, appearance versus reality. What is, and what merely appears to be. We can discern two principal angles from which this question is approached in Hamlet. First, we have the angle of inward and outward emotions, and the profound distinction that is drawn between them. In other words, the tranquil face that we all show to the world is never the same as the turmoil of our souls....   [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet]

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The Demise of Dick and Nicole in Tender is the Night

- The Demise of Dick and Nicole in Tender is the Night       When referring to the demise of Dick in Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night, I think it is impossible that we not consider the demise of Dick and Nicole as a couple. They begin the book as a unit rather like a Chinese dragon with Dick at the head and Nicole following behind, both covered by the decorative cloak of the appearances they maintained. There are several transitions that they go through that upset the balance that allowed them to maintain a functioning marriage....   [tags: Tender is the Night Essays]

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The Transformation of Jack in William Golding's Lord of the Flies

- The Transformation of Jack in William Golding's Lord of the Flies     In the novel, Lord of the Flies, Jack is the character that experiences the most change. Jack begins the novel as a somewhat arrogant choirboy, who cries when he is not elected leader of the island. Jack is gradually transformed into a vicious killer who has no respect for human life. Through a series of stages, such as leading the choir, leading the hunting tribe, wearing the mask, killing Simon, separating from the group and intentionally killing Piggy, Jack degenerates from a normal, arrogant school boy into a savage beast....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays William Golding]

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Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Concept of Charity in the General Prologue

- The Concept of Charity in the General Prologue   In the "General Prologue," Chaucer presents an array of characters from the 1400's in order to paint portraits of human dishonesty and stupidity as well as virtue.  Out of these twenty-nine character portraits three of them are especially interesting because they deal with charity.  Charity during the 1400's, was a virtue of both religious and human traits.  One character, the Parson, exemplifies Chaucer's idea of charity, and two characters, Prioress, and Friar, to satirize the idea of charity and show that they are using charity for either devious reasons or out of convention or habit....   [tags: General Prologue Essays]

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Canterbury Tales - Downfall of the Church in Chaucer’s General Prologue

- Canterbury Tales - Downfall of the Church in Chaucer’s General Prologue Light-hearted yet bitingly satirical, Chaucer’s “General Prologue” to his Canterbury Tales is a commentary on the corruptions of the Church at the time. Chaucer, being of noble estate, retains his witticism in his narrator. The narrator devotes many a line to the vivid portrayals of the Prioress and the Frere. Through the actions of these two members of the clergy, it is seen that the lust for material goods, the need for flaunting one’s estate, and the development of hypocrisy all contribute to the shaking of the Church’s foundations....   [tags: Canterbury Tales]

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Description, Function, Attribution, and Analysis of a Red-figure Type B Kylix

- The durability of clay has brought forth an immense abundance of Greek pottery, a craft mastered by Athenian artists. Archeologists have found hundreds of varieties in creation, shape, function, style, and artwork in Archaic vases. The museum has been blessed with one of these priceless artifacts; it is the duty of this establishment to accumulate as much data as possible surrounding the vase. In first identifying technique, dimensions, and condition, as well as describing shape, ornament, and figural scenery, one may then begin to analyze the vase....   [tags: essays research papers]

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How Bram Stokers Shows that Dracula is in the Horror Genre

- How Bram Stokers Shows that Dracula is in the Horror Genre The film that I have chosen to study to answer this question is Bram Stokers Dracula. Bram Stoker was the original author of the Dracula novel, and Francis Ford Coppola, director of films such as the Godfather, directed the film Bram Stokers Dracula. The reason he named his film, Bram Stokers Dracula is because he wanted to show that his film was the original story as many films had been made of Dracula, but had been altered and Francis Ford Coppola had followed the original story....   [tags: Papers]

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Prospero as an Ideal Ruler in in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Prospero as an Ideal Ruler in The Tempest       Prospero's magical powers allow him to single-handedly take control of a situation of slowly developing chaos, caused by his eviction from Milan, and turn the plot of The Tempest. Prospero has powers over his surroundings, far greater than those of an ordinary mortal, and he uses them for good in the course of the play. This essay will discuss whether Prospero combines his magic with power over the self, and whether Shakespeare actually presents him as an ideal ruler....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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A Comparison of Shakespeare's Prince Hamlet and Machiavelli’s The Prince

- A Comparison of Prince Hamlet and Machiavelli's The Prince                Machiavelli states that "it is necessary for a prince, who wishes to maintain himself, to learn how not to be good, and use this knowledge and not use it, according to the necessity of the case." Machiavelli's ideas both compare and contrast to the methods used by Hamlet. Hamlet's desire to drive the king mad and eventually kill him, is what he thinks he must do in order to set things right. Hamlet struggles to maintain his position as prince....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Futility of the American Dream Exposed in The Great Gatsby

- "The road to success is not easy to navigate, but with hard work, drive and passion, it's possible to achieve the American dream." -- Tommy Hilfiger        In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, the principle character, Jay Gatsby makes an exhaustive effort in his quest for the American Dream. The novel is Fitzgerald's vessel of commentary and criticism of the American Dream. “Fitzgerald defines this Dream, he depicts its’ beauty and irresistible lure”(Bewley 113). Through Gatsby's downfall, Fitzgerald expresses the futility and agony of the pursuit of the dream....   [tags: The Futile Pursuit of the American Dream]

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Comparing Males in Browning's Porphyria's Lover and My Last Duchess

- Controlling Males in Browning's Porphyria's  Lover and My Last Duchess        The death of the female beloved is the only way deemed possible by the insecure, possessive male to seize her undivided attention. This beloved woman represents the "reflector and guarantor of male identity. Hence, the male anxiety about the   woman's independence for her liberty puts his masculine self-estimation at risk"   (Maxwell 29). The jealous and controlling males in Robert Browning's "Porphyria's  Lover" and "My Last Duchess" possess a fervent desire to fix and monopolize their unconstrained female beloveds....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Essay on the Influence of Mary Shelley’s Life on Frankenstein

- Influence of Mary Shelley’s Life on Frankenstein      Since its publication in 1818, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein has grown to become a name associated with horror and science fiction. To fully understand the importance and origin of this novel, we must look at both the tragedies of Mary Shelley's background and her own origins. Only then can we begin to examine what the icon "Frankenstein" has become in today's society.        Mary Godwin was born in London in 1797 to prominent philosopher William Godwin and well-known feminist and author Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin....   [tags: Frankenstein essays]

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Reality and Illusion in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Appearance versus Reality

- Appearance versus Reality in Hamlet        Appearance versus reality is one of the central themes of Shakespeare's play, Hamlet. The characters in the play assume roles for the purpose of concealment - Claudius, in reality a murderer and usurper, plays the roles of grieving brother and rightful king; the adulterous Gertrude plays the role of a 'most seeming-virtuous queen' when she is, in her son's view, a 'most pernicious woman'. Even Hamlet himself assumes the role of a madman in his attempt to establish the reality of his uncle's guilt....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Madness and Insanity in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Investigating Hamlet's Sanity

- Shakespeare's Hamlet: Investigating Hamlet's Insanity Hamlet is one of Shakespeare's most famous plays, and hardest to perform. The reason it is so hard to perform is because of the main character Hamlet. Hamlet is an easily liked character that must revenge his father's death. He is forced to act insane in order to find out the truth of his father's death. Hamlet does an excellent job of acting insane, so good, in fact, that it is questioned if he was acting insane or if he actually was....   [tags: Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]

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Pride in Young Goodman Brown and The Minister's Black Veil

- Pride in Young Goodman Brown and The Minister's Black Veil        Many of Hawthorne's characters wrap themselves in a pride of intellect. The characters become victims of their pride and consequently suffer.  Goodman Brown, from "Young Goodman Brown" and Hooper, from "The Minister's Black Veil" are two characters that suffer from a pride of intellect.  Their pride causes them similar problems and they end up living similar lives, although they came from different backgrounds.        Hooper and Goodman Brown both become isolated from society.  Hooper had a revelation, and he feels that he truly understands human nature and sin....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Genius of Hamlet, the Very Sane Prince of Denmark

- The Genius of Hamlet, the Very Sane Prince of Denmark Hamlet in Shakepeare's The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark is often seen as a lunatic. Lucid and ingenious, Prince Hamlet falls into a state of emotional turmoil, but he is never insane. Hamlet feigns madness to reveal his anguish concerning the two women he used to love - his mother Gertrude and his lover Ophelia. To escape estrangement from his countrymen, Hamlet appears to waver between madness and sanity. And, to avoid moral estrangement, the Prince plans on revenging his father's death under the guise of madness....   [tags: Hamlet Essays]

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The Central Intelligence Agency and the Bay of Pigs Invasion

- The story of the failed invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs is one of mismanagement, overconfidence, and lack of security. The blame for the failure of the operation falls directly in the lap of the Central Intelligence Agency and a young president and his advisors. The fall out from the invasion caused a rise in tension between the two great superpowers and ironically 34 years after the event, the person that the invasion meant to topple, Fidel Castro, is still in power. To understand the origins of the invasion and its ramifications for the future it is first necessary to look at the invasion and its origins....   [tags: Cuba, Fidel Castro]

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HOW EFFECTIVE A LEADER DO YOU CONSIDER AENEAS TO BE?

- HOW EFFECTIVE A LEADER DO YOU CONSIDER AENEAS TO BE. On meeting Aeneas for the first time, he appears to be in a very vulnerable situation as he is the middle of a storm. This is emphasized the phrase, “his limbs grew weak” as it puts forward the fact that Aeneas, despite his power and status is like every other normal human being. My first speculation on whether or not Aeneas is a good leader comes from the use of the word “I”. In his first speech he says, “Why could I not have fallen to your right hand and breathed out my life on the plains of Troy”....   [tags: Classics]

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Ralph, Jack, and Piggy in the Lord of the Flies

- How are the characters of Ralph, Jack and Piggy established in the opening chapters of the novel Lord of the Flies At the start of the novel we learn that during a nuclear war, there was an atomic explosion. Many boys were evacuated on an aircraft with a detachable passenger tube. They were flying over tropical seas via Gibraltar and Addis Ababa when the tube was released and crashed-landed in the jungle of an island. The aircraft flew off in flames and overnight the remains of the tube were swept out to sea in a storm....   [tags: English Literature]

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What Christians Mean When They Refer to Jesus as Lord

- What Christians Mean When They Refer to Jesus as Lord When we think of the name Lord as Christians we think of God, as he is powerful, almighty and great. Jesus however was a human and to be called "Lord" is very special because no one in history has been called that before. As Christians we would say the name Lord means miracle worker, ruler and faithful. Jesus was mainly all these things as he performed many miracles in his life which many different types of people benefited from which are recorded in the Gospels....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Three Video Versions of Macbeth, Act One Scene Seven

- Comparing Three Video Versions of Macbeth, Act One Scene Seven The first video version that I am observing, out of the three versions, is a production starring John Gordon Sinclair as Macbeth and Louise Lombard as Lady Macbeth. This video appears to be modern for the time in which the story is set. The second video production I am looking at is a production by the BBC. It was created to celebrate the anniversary of William Shakespeare. It stars Nicol Williamson as Macbeth and Jane Lapotaire as Lady Macbeth....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning

- Comparing My Last Duchess and Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning These poems by Robert Browning were written in the Victorian era. The Victorians from the outlook seemed to live on high standards and rules, but underneath they craved for scandal and gossip. Robert Browning gave this to them through his poems. They were filled with adultery, passion, sexual tension and murder. ===================================================================== 'Porphyria's Lover' starts off with pathetic falacy which reflects the narrators mood, he does this by using personification which also sets the scene....   [tags: Papers]

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The Deaths of Romeo and Juliet in William Shakespeare's Play

- The Deaths of Romeo and Juliet in William Shakespeare's Play Romeo and Juliet are portrayed as innocents stuck between two warring families. Through studying the play we have looked deeper into the relationships between characters and therefore the part played by each character in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet. From this I have been able to decide that Friar Lawrence, Nurse and the parents of the two lovers have most blame. Lord and Lady Capulet have a large part to play in the deaths of the children because they didn't have a close relationship with Juliet....   [tags: Free Essay Writer]

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An Exploration of the Way Shakespeare Presents Madness in Hamlet

- An Exploration of the Way Shakespeare Presents Madness in Hamlet Does Shakespeare intend to present Hamlet and Ophelia as insane. This is a question which has baffled English literary critics for more than 400 years. There is still no definite answer, and throughout the play there are numerous points where you stop and wonder whether Hamlet and Ophelia are sane or not. They both change dramatically from one scene to another, often drastically. Although in my opinion, Hamlet is not crazy at all, he is merely forced to act insane to avenge his fathers’ death....   [tags: Papers]

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Contrasting Views of Love in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the views of love held by the character Romeo contrast sharply with the views of Mercutio. Romeo's character seems to suffer from a type of manic depression. He is in love with his sadness, quickly enraptured and easily crushed again on a passionate roller coaster of emotion. Mercutio, by contrast is much more practical and level headed. His perceptions are clear and quick, characterized by precise thought and careful evaluation. Romeo, true to his character begins his appearance in the play by wallowing in his depression over Rosaline who does not return his love: ROMEO (Act I Scene I Lines 185-193) Why, such is love's transgression....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Fire and Water Imagery in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

- Fire and Water Imagery in Jane Eyre     In Jane Eyre, the use of water and fire imagery is very much related to the character and/or mood of the protagonists (i.e. Jane and Rochester, and to a certain extent St. John Rivers) -- and it also serves to show Jane in a sort of intermediate position between the two men. However, it should also be noted that the characteristics attributed to fire and water have alternately positive and negative implications -- to cite an example among many, near the beginning of the novel, reference is made to the devastating effects of water ("ceaseless rain sweeping away wildly", "death-white realm" [i.e....   [tags: Jane Eyre Essays]

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Importance of the Players and Their Play within Hamlet

- In Shakespeare’s tragedy, Hamlet, the players and their play emphasizes the importance of theatre and its’ power. The players arrive in Act2 Scene2. They are announced by a flourish of trumpets, which is the usual occurrence upon the arrival of actors; yet, this is the second time in the scene we have heard such a grand entrance, the first being that of the King and Queen at the start of the scene, therefore a similar feeling of importance is evoked for the players Immediately. Hamlet himself welcomes them with great warmth and ‘entertainment.’ He has great admiration for these people and their lifestyle, which has the freedom from duties and of expression that Hamlet lacks....   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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September 11: An Attack on Privacy and Civil Liberties

- Abstract: On September Eleventh, terrorists attacked more than the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and rural Pennsylvania.  They also attacked American ideologies and feelings of security that hundreds of years had built.  Before these tragedies occurred, Americans viewed themselves as individuals and cherished the remnants of their individual lives that technology had not stolen from them.  Now Americans are coming together in mourning, and, in the process, changing their views on the individual and the balance between privacy and security.  This paper looks at how America has changed its stance on the privacy debate....   [tags: September 11 Terrorism Essays]

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Women in Homer's Odyssey, Joyce's Ulysses and Walcott's Omeros

- Women in Homer's Odyssey, Joyce's Ulysses and Walcott's Omeros        This essay explores the role of women in Homer's Odyssey, James Joyce's Ulysses (1922) and Derrick Walcott's Omeros (1990), epics written in very different historical periods.  Common to all three epics are women as the transforming figure in a man's life, both in the capacity of a harlot and as wife.               In Homer's Odyssey, Kirke, represents the catalyst who encourages Odysseus's transformation into a mature man....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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A Darker Side of Our Soul Exposed in Hamlet

- A Darker Side of Our Soul Exposed in Hamlet       We live in a curious age of, tabloids, talk shows, and TV sound bites that purvey a shocking type of tawdry news. These sources of scandal make a lucrative business out of outrageous headlines. But this is nothing new.  Mankind has always had burning desire for uncovering secret truths--even in the time of Shakespeare.  For as Polonius said, "If circumstances lead me, I will find/Where truth is hid, though it were hid indeed/Within the center" (2.2.158-60).  The implication is that we are somehow better off in knowing the furtive facts.    But are we better off in knowing such things?  Since the time of Shakespeare, human nature has r...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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Comparing Escape in Madame Bovary and Fathers & Sons

- Madame Bovary and Fathers & Sons Many people have a difficult time dealing with the real world. These people search desperately for one thing: release from the toils of everyday life. Basarov in Fathers & Sons and Emma Bovary in Madame Bovary are also searching for an escape - through romance. Each character follows their own misguided thoughts and emotions. And by the end of their respective novels, each will have to come to terms with their decisions in dealing with an idealistic romanticism....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Uncertainty of Happiness in Anton Chekhov's About Love

- In Anton Chekov's "About Love" Alekhin also known as Pavel Konstantinovich shares a story within a story about his one true love Anna Alekeevna with Burkin, the high school teacher and Ivan Inanovich, the veterinary surgeon. The story shares how he and Anna grew to share an unconditional love for each other. The two sacrificed their love for each other for the happiness of others since Anna was already married and had two children. Later on in his life, Alekhin realizes that he had missed his one chance of true love, when he had the chance they should have sacrificed everything and attempted to live a happy life together....   [tags: About Love Essays]

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Opposition between Art and Reality in Shakespeare's The Tempest

- Opposition between Art and Reality in The Tempest       The Tempest is a self-reflexive play that explores the boundaries of art and reality. Shakespeare's island is a realm controlled by the artist figure; where the fabulous, the ideal and the imaginative are presented as both illusory and palpable, and where the audience is held in an indeterminate state, a "strange repose". The juxtaposition of the world of art with political and social realities explored by representative characters is the central contrast of the play, and is foregrounded by the use of non-verbal techniques....   [tags: Tempest essays]

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Representation of Colors in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale

- Representation of Colors in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale Imagine if you can, living in a world that tells you what you are to wear, where to live, as well as your position and value to society. In Margaret Atwood's novel, The Handmaid's Tale, she shows us the Republic of Gilead does just that. Offred, the main character, is a Handmaid, whose usefulness is her ovaries. Handmaids are ordered to live in a house with a Commander, his wife, and once a month attempt to become pregnant by the Commander....   [tags: Handmaid's Tale Atwood Margaret Essays]

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Top Deck - The Magazine for Collectible Card Gamers

- Top Deck - The Magazine for Collectible Card Gamers As a potential reader examines a shelf of magazines to buy, the reader will look for an eye-catching magazine that pertains to his or her interests. The magazine Top Deck targets an audience which ranges from pre-teenagers to mid-thirties readers who share interests such as collectible card games, RPG's (or roleplaying games), and fantasy related items. Although the main focus of the magazine is collectible card games, Top Deck attempts to also appeal to the other interests of collectible card gamers....   [tags: Analysis Magazine Cards Essays]

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Hamlet's Emotions, Actions, and Importance in the Nunnery Scene

- Hamlet's Emotions, Actions, and Importance in the Nunnery Scene "Like sweet bells jangled, out of time and harsh" Hamlet's trust is betrayed by the people who are dearest to his heart (III.i.87). The theme of betrayal takes root before the Shakespeare's tragedy begins, when Hamlet's uncle murders his father and marries his mother. These enormous betrayals, along with other pointed deceptions, justify many of Hamlet's words and actions. A striking example of the deceit Hamlet endures can be seen in act three, scene one of Hamlet: the nunnery scene....   [tags: William Shakespeare Hamlet Essays]

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Origins of the Shadow in A Wizard of Earthsea

- Origins of the Shadow in A Wizard of Earthsea Ged, the main character in The Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin, through an act of pride and spite unwittingly unleashes a powerful shadow creature on the world, and the shadow hunts Ged wherever he goes. After failing to kill Ged the first time, he learns the only way to destroy the shadow is to find its name. What Ged must realize is the shadow was created by the evil in his own heart. Also, the shadow is not entirely evil, and Ged can actually draw strength from it....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Use of Water in Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel

- Water can symbolize many things throughout the novel. Whether it is in Manawaka, the Pacific Coast or Shadow point, what is constantly recognized in the number of times water is used. If one were to closely examine these situations, they would soon discover it's symbolic importance. In the novel The Stone Angel, water is presented in the many fluctuations, in Hagar's life. Hagar goes through many stages in her life, where water is represented but without it being physically present. Without the imagery of water, the story would be less effective and meaningful for the reader....   [tags: Margaret Laurence]

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Compare and Contrast Tennyson's Mariana with Browning's Porphyria's Lover

- Compare and Contrast Tennyson's Mariana with Browning's Porphyria's Lover. What is the emotional state of each speaker and how effectively is this conveyed. Tennyson and Browning were contemporary Victorian poets. During his lifetime, Tennyson was made Poet Laureate. His poem 'Mariana' is very cyclical and minimal. The mood is depressive, which reflected Tennyson's family traits, as Tennyson himself was very susceptible to depression. However, Browning's 'Porphyria's Lover' is very linear as the action clearly moves from one stage to another and is not so repetitive....   [tags: English Literature]

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Comparison of Passages from Great Expectations and Madame Bovary

- The two passages, taken from early sections of Great Expectations and Madame Bovary, deal predominantly with the subject of death and the spectrum of approaches applied by their characters to deal with such circumstances. Both Charles Dickens and Gustave Flaubert draw particular attention to the binary codes of public and private life and the extent to which the characters are compelled to manipulate or conceal their true feelings in order to conform to their societies' dogmatic customs and expectations of decorum....   [tags: European Literature]

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Characters in the General Prologue to "The Canterbury Tales"

- The Canterbury Tales are essentially a Chaucerian satire; the author sets out to deliberately upset the social order present at the time and proceeds to mock the faults innate in the characters. Chaucer gives a compressed view of characters such as the Knight and the Monk; in their descriptions, a preview of the kind of stories we can expect from these people is given. Take for example the Miller; his physical description alleviates him as a thick brute with a filthy mouth that was `moost of sin and harlotries', sufficed to say that his tale is one of adultery and sinful behaviour....   [tags: European Literature]

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The Gothic Features of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

- The Gothic Features of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte A Gothic novel is a type of literature, which became very popular in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In this time, society was governed by strict moral codes. The "Gothics" would escape into a world of dark, supernatural and wild passions. The word 'Gothic' meant barbarous and wild and many writers liked to involve these elements in their novels. Gothic novels were usually set in foreign countries, particularly in Catholic countries in Southern Europe, and usually set in the past, in the Middle Ages....   [tags: Charlotte Bronte Jane Eyre]

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The Overwhelming Emotional States of Hamlet in Shakespeare's Hamlet

- The Overwhelming Emotional States of Hamlet in Shakespeare's Hamlet Depression, melancholy, disillusionment, and disconnectedness are the burning emotions churning in young Hamlet?s soul as he attempts to come to terms with his father?s death and his mother?s incestuous, illicit marriage. While Hamlet tries to pick up the pieces of his shattered idealism, he consciously embarks on a quest to seek the truth hidden in Elsinore; this mission of Hamlet?s is in stark contrast to Claudius. fervent effort to obscure the truth of King Hamlet?s murder....   [tags: Papers Hamlet Shakespeare Essays]

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Review of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

- Review of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest The play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde definitely proved itself to be “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People.” I saw the play at State University’s State Theatre. The play was long, in a three-act structure, yet it moved along at a good pace. They did a nice job of preparing the audience, there was an interesting lobby display with sketches of each of the costumes with fabric samples and they played music to fit the time period before the show began....   [tags: Papers]

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Importance of Setting in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights

- Wuthering Heights: The Importance of Setting Love is a strong attachment between two lovers and revenge is a strong conflict between two rivals. In the novel Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte uses setting to establish contrast, to intensify conflict, and to develop character. The people and events of Wuthering Heights share a dramatic conflict. Thus, Bronte focuses on the evil eye of Heathcliff's obsessive and perpetual love with Catherine, and his enduring revenge to those who forced him and Catherine apart....   [tags: Wuthering Heights Essays]

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The Perfect Ruler in the Epic Poem, Beowulf

-        The classic poem Beowulf presents the concept of the perfect king/leader/ruler. This is presented in two modes: the ideal Germanic king and the ideal Christian king. Literary scholar Levin L. Schucking in “Ideal of Kingship” states: “I have already tried to prove that the author of Beowulf designed it as a kind of Furstenspiegel (“mirror of a prince”) – perhaps for the young son of a prince, a thought with which Heusler later agreed” (36). So the author of Beowulf had in mind a human ideal of the perfect leader/ruler which he was trying to convey to the young man who was in search of the proper way, the ideal way that a ruler, a king, should govern his kingdom....   [tags: Epic of Beowulf Essay]

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The Lord of the Flies as Social Commentary

- The Lord of the Flies as Social Commentary   The Lord of the Flies is an ultimately pessimistic novel.  In the midst of the cold war and communism scares, this disquieting aura acts as a backdrop to the island.  The Lord of the Flies addresses questions like how do dictators come to power, do democracies always work, and what is the natural state and fate of humanity and society, getting at the heart of human nature in a very male-dominated, conflict-driven way.  The war, the plane shot down, and the boys' concern that the "Reds" will find them before the British, shows Golding's intention of treating the boys' isolated existence as a microcosm of the adult military world....   [tags: Lord Flies Essays]

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Siddhartha: The Journey for Inner Peace and Happiness

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Flag Power in The Red Badge of Courage

- Flag Power in The Red Badge of Courage       Henry Fleming, after receiving his red badge of courage‹a blow to the head‹takes over the role of color-bearer during a vicious combat. As he sees his comrade sink to the ground in pain, he fights with his friend Wilson for the esteemed position of flag-bearer and finally wrenches the Union colors from the grasp of the dying man. With the flag in hand, Henry feels immediately empowered; the ubiquitous symbol of freedom and courage invests him with his own power and valiancy as he rushes headlong towards the enemy lines....   [tags: Red Badge Courage Essays]

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The Vengeful Montressor of The Cask of Amontillado

- The Vengeful Montressor of The Cask of Amontillado The story "The Cask of Amontillado" by Edgar Allan Poe is a story of murder and revenge. What is disturbing about this story is the lengths to which Montressor goes to gain this revenge. The statement "At length I would be avenged, this was a point definitely settled - but the very definitiveness with which it was resolved precluded the idea of risk" (1314) tells much about the character Montressor. In this essay, I intend to show that this statement and others in the story indicate that Montressor was vengeful for past injustices and calculating in his plans to kill Fortunato....   [tags: Cask Amontillado Essays]

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Friar Lawrence in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Undercurrents of Imperialism and Colonialism in Star Trek

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Orwell's Perception of the Political Power of Language

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Market Failures and the White River National Forest

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Capital Punishment Is Not Only Unusual, But Cruel

- Capital Punishment is Not Only Unusual, But Cruel The most widely known aspect of the eighth amendment is the fact that it prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. Cruel and unusual punishment is perceived as punishment that causes “an unnecessary and wanton infliction of pain” (Bailey). Is capital punishment cruel and unusual. It is one of the most controversial topics in America today. In effect since the 1600s, the US Supreme Court ruled that the death penalty was “cruel and unusual” in 1972 but reversed this decision when a "cleaner" way to bring about death was found in 1976 (Encarta)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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A Brief History of Christmas and Its Symbols

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The Capitalist Future: A Consequence of Calvinist Annunciation

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A Deeper Insight of “The Cask of Amontillado”

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Aneid Character Analysis of Aeneas First Three Books

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Balcony Scene in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

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Contrasts in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

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Comparing Three Video Versions of William Shakespeare's Macbeth

- Comparing Three Video Versions of William Shakespeare's Macbeth To help us compare and contrast the three video versions of "Macbeth" Act 1, Scene 7, we watched them. The first version was a more modern and in a way futuristic recreation of the scene, starring John Gordon Sinclair as Macbeth and Louise Lombard playing Lady Macbeth. The second version was a B.B.C Television version, the scene was made as a one off with Nicol Williamson playing Macbeth and Jane Lapotaire playing Lady Macbeth....   [tags: Papers]

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Satire in Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest

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The Importance of Studying Mark's Gospel for Christians

- The Importance of Studying Mark's Gospel for Christians Disciples were followers of Jesus. The first disciples that Jesus called were fishermen, Simon, who later became Peter, and Andrew. He told them to leave their nets. He said: "Come with me and I will teach you to catch people." (Mark 1:16-20) Next, he called two brothers, James and John, who left a lucrative family business straight away, to follow Jesus, a stranger that they had heard of. Then, soon after, when a crowd was following Jesus, he saw a tax- collector named Levi....   [tags: Papers]

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Dickens' Use of Symbolism in A Christmas Carol

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Juliet's Diary From William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

- Juliet's Diary From William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet 6th April I cannot believe my mother. Nurse raises me and mothers me and is with me all the day but mother still thinks she can turn up and order me about. If she wants me to marry, then it is a honour I dream not of. Nurse understands, why can't mother be more like her. Apparently the 'valiant Paris' seeks me for his love. I'll look to like, if looking liking move, but I will look no deeper than madam's consent gives me strength....   [tags: Papers]

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Analysis of An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley

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The Oppression of Miranda in The Tempest

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In Praise of Folly - Erasmus' Dichotomy

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Illusion and Reality in Shakespeare's The Tempest

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Chaucer's Views Exposed in The Canterbury Tales

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Macbeth and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605

- Macbeth and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 Shakespeare’s Macbeth was influenced by the gunpowder plot of 1605. The equivocation that was inspired by this event played an important role in the play. The general theme of Macbeth reflects the mood of society at the time that it was written. This relationship is a direct reflection of the mimetic theory. This paper will examine the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and the role of equivocation in the subsequent prosecutions during the time that Shakespeare was writing Macbeth, and show how Macbeth was influenced by the event....   [tags: Comparison Comapre Contrast Essays]

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