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The Influence of The Bible on English Literature

- THE INFLUENCE OF THE BIBLE ON ENGLISH LITERATURE On William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience William Blake, a true exemplification of a renaissance man, wrote and produced works of art which were revolutionary in many aspects and ahead of his time. He led an extremely enigmatic life – engaging in things he liked the best and in the course of it, facing setbacks in the form of criticism. Blake attended the Moravian Church as a child and hence the Holy Bible had a great impact on his life and all his works....   [tags: English Literature]

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English Literature Poems

- English Literature Poems Compare the methods that ‘Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan’ employs to highlight the importance of cultural identity with another poem. I have chosen to compare ‘Presents’ and ‘Hurricane’ as both poems highlight the importance of cultural identity in society. Both poets ‘Alvi’ and ‘Nicholas’ employ many different and similar methods to illustrate the importance of cultural identity. The poem ‘Presents’ is about the writer herself at a younger age feeling insecure as she is of dual heritage (mixed race) ‘in my English Grandmother’s dining - room....   [tags: English Literature]

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G.C.S.E English and English Literature Coursework Poetry Assignment

- G.C.S.E English and English Literature Coursework Poetry Assignment We have been set the task to compare the ways in which the poems I have studied deal with the passing of time. The three poems are “To his Coy Mistress”, “Ozymandias” and “To the Virgins to Make Much of Time”. All three of the poems clearly deal with the passing of time in different ways. “To his Coy Mistress” is about a man telling a woman that if he had all the time in the world, he would spend it with her. In the “To the Virgins to Make Much of Time” a man is trying to persuade a woman to make much of her youth with the time she is given....   [tags: English Literature]

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Tom Jones is a great novel of English Literature

- Tom Jones is a great novel of English Literature Tom Jones is a great novel of English Literature; it presents a dilemma raised in a humorous way. The 18th century masterpiece develops in the countryside of England at the village-like place of Summerset. Sexual temptations, moral assumptions, and unique characters make the story as captivating a creative painting from Picasso. Most important; the character of Tom Jones is very identifiable for his realistic approaches, sexual adventures, and heroic actions....   [tags: English Literature]

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Ap English Literature And Composition Exam

- AP English Literature and Composition Exam: What is the AP exam and what are ways to study for it. The Advanced Placement Program was developed in the mid-twentieth century to offer college level curriculum and assessments to high school students. This program developed following WWII then the gap widened between secondary and higher education. The Ford Foundation developed the fund that began the Advancement of Education foundation. This allowed motivated students to work at a higher level and advance quickly....   [tags: Writing, Literature, Essay, Essays]

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I Am A Scholar Of English Or Literature

- I am not a scholar of English or literature. I cannot give you much more than personal opinions on the English language and its variations in this country or others. I am a writer. And by that definition, I am someone who has always loved language. I am fascinated by language in daily life. I spend a great deal of my time thinking about the power of language — the way it can evoke an emotion, a visual image, a complex idea, or a simple truth. Language is the tool of my trade. And I use them all — all the Englishes I grew up with....   [tags: English language, Second language, United Kingdom]

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Role of Personal Experience in English Romantic Literature

- Despite their differences, each English Romantic writer’s personal experience functioned as a muse for their art at some point, resulting in works that describe observations they made, recall childhood moments, include other writers as either subject or addressee, detail moments of personal discovery and express an appreciation for their surroundings. In their writing English Romantic authors included observations they made about the world around them.  Both of William Blake’s contrasting poems titled “Holy Thursday” reflect his observations of the tradition of poor children marching from charity schools to St....   [tags: English Romantic Literature]

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The Father of English Literature a Fraud?

- William Shakespeare was born on April 23, 1564 and died on April 26, 1616. Stratford- upon- Avon was William’s place of birth and lived there up until his death. The renaissance was a time for the rebirth of art and literature; it took place during the years 1500-1688s. William Shakespeare long considered the greatest play writer in the English language has been questioned about whether he truly wrote his works. Shakespeare could not have written those plays by himself when all evidence is considered one must accept that....   [tags: shakespeare, writer, plays]

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Hamlet As An Icon Of English Literature

- The character of Hamlet is considered an icon of English literature. Even more so is the question of his madness; is it real or is it feigned. “Madness by definition precludes the realization of a stable, coherent subjectivity in opposition to the disorder from without” (Coddon 59). The question of Hamlet’s madness has been a debate over the last few centuries. It is clear to see that in the beginning of the play, he was already experiencing grief with the loss of his father. What made the death of his father even harder to bear was the fact that his uncle was responsible for the murder....   [tags: Characters in Hamlet, Hamlet, Polonius, Gertrude]

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Psychological Anxieties in English Literature

- ... Lack of faith in God and religion caused man to develop confused conceptions in their own identities and an apprehensive anxieties as an integral part of their life to some extent was self-created leading them to live a purposefully incomplete life. An important characteristic of the modern novel is its diversity of themes and variety of themes were not prevalent during Marlowe’s Age. Doctor Faustus Theme- The play opens with the chorus which announces the theme of the play- being neither exploits of war, nor ‘dalliance’ of love, nor ‘proud audacious deeds’....   [tags: psychological tormented characters]

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Graduate Program For English Literature At Vanderbilt

- I would be incredibly honored to be admitted to the graduate program for English Literature at Vanderbilt because I’ve always had a passion for learning and teaching. I went into college with the idea that I needed to teach children overseas how to read and so for my first year of school I was unmovably focused on achieving that end; however, within a year’s time I would change my tune and set myself on a slightly different course. I tested out of both the required freshman English courses, so my freshman year I decided to dip my fingers into as many different pots within the Humanities as I could, which is how I ended up taking Existential Literature....   [tags: School, Education, College, Graduate school]

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History of English Literature

- History of English Literature I. INTRODUCTION English literature, literature written in English since c.1450 by the inhabitants of the British Isles; it was during the 15th cent. that the English language acquired much of its modern form. II. The Tudors and the Elizabethan Age The beginning of the Tudor dynasty coincided with the first dissemination of printed matter. William Caxton's press was established in 1476, only nine years before the beginning of Henry VII's reign. Caxton's achievement encouraged writing of all kinds and also influenced the standardization of the English language....   [tags: Literature Language Plays Essays]

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Indian English Literature: Kamala Markandaya

- Indian English Literature is a genre deep rooted in the cultural scenario of the Indian soil. As a literary genre, it has contributed towards the formation and the reformation of the processed identity of the nation as a whole. Special mention should also be made about the contribution of Indian women writers in English towards the identity formation of India with regard to their poignant novels. In the realm of fiction, Indian women novelists have heralded a new era and have earned many laurels both at home and abroad....   [tags: women novelist, femenine sensibility]

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English Literature Study Program: Which is the Best Major Study?

- ... Whereas student who does not like to learn about theory but likes to read, observe, interpret, and tell story is better to take Literature despite of Linguistics. The sort of student is proficient in imagining something, and the student who want to be expert of literature have to have powerful imagination. Literature students are able to create their own world by making stories. Student who likes enriching their vocabulary entries, reading English story in original version and in translated version are good in Translations....   [tags: Linguistics, English Literatures, and Translations]

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The Short Stories Of English Literature

- The common theme found through reading various pieces of Scottish literature is the reality that comes to life. The pages of artistic work the writers put forth are astounding. The literature has a beating heart of its’ own. The venues that audiences explore will allow them to see exactly this point. The poetry is designed to fluently glide through Scottish history. Then when readers connect the verse to the short stories they will become aware of the in-depth quality that reflects the important aspects of life....   [tags: Short story, Fiction, Novel, Scotland]

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English Literature in the Victorian Era

- "I'm no lunatic man, I'm a sane man fighting for his soul" this quote from Bram Stoker’s- Dracula, illustrates and foreshadows that in the Victorian era, a quest for meaning was seen by the majority of society as ‘lunacy’, however the characters that Stoker uses, are represented ‘sane’, suggesting Stoker’s encouragement of a quest for meaning and purpose in the Victorian era of increasing uncertainty. Along with Stoker, Charles Dickens and Lord Alfred Tennyson also address the individual’s pursuit for meaning and purpose, linking this idea specifically with themes of capitalism, class and gender inequality, corruption, freedom and oppression; which I will be using to comparing and contrastin...   [tags: Bram Stoker, Charles Dickens, Tennyson]

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The Representation of Foreign Countries in English Literature

- Great Britain as a worldwide system of colonies dominated the world for some three centuries. The first uncertain British attempts to establish overseas settlements were made as early as the sixteenth century. Huge economic and trade success, plus maritime expansion, resulted in the seventeenth century in the establishment of settlements in North America and the West Indies. The East India Company established its first trading posts in India at the beginning of the seventeenth century and the same company helped to establish British supremacy in Penang, Singapore, Malacca and Labuan....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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Pursuing a PhD in English Literature

- Pursuing a PhD in English Literature Education has always been the highest priority in my family. After attending university and graduate school in the US, my parents moved to Florida, turning down a masters in architecture at Harvard for my mother for a position at an engineering firm for my father. Still relatively new to this country and language, my mother established her own architectural firm. In the midst of this transition, both spatially and professionally, my parents insisted on sending my brother to an expensive private school....   [tags: College Admissions Essays]

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English Language and Literature

- English Language and Literature The works of Michael Foucault, Diana Taylor, and Carla Freccero’s thoughts on history share underlying similarities yet differ in their approaches to understand the past. The differences that are brought out by these historians are based on the traditional and contemporary definitions as well as the extent of study directed to history. Within these three arguments, there are correlations as well as deviations in ideologies and interpretations, generating contention and debate on the true meaning of history....   [tags: Language ]

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English Literature during the Renassaince

- An Evolution of the Past Although the literature of England during the Middle Ages may hardly seem comparable to the more elegant literature present during the Renaissance, England=s early literature actually paved the way for the poems and plays of the 16th century. In this respect, English literature of the Renaissance may be seen as a refinement of its earlier works, helped in part by the collapse of the universal church and the rebirth of Greek and Roman ideas. Many of the things written about during this period-- the issues addressed in The Canterbury Tales for example-- were not entirely new subjects, but instead ones that been suppressed by the church or upper-class in previous works...   [tags: Middle Age Lit]

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Femme Fatales of English Literature

- Femme Fatales of English Literature The femme fatale, a seductive woman who entices men into perilous and compromising positions by way of charisma and mystery, is a classic, and often enthralling, character who can be found in many sources of literature and mythology of various origins and eras (“Femme Fatale” 1). “If the goddess of virtue is a lily and the vamp is an overripe red rose, the femme fatale is a Venus flytrap.” (Billinghurst 1). In the simple quote above, Ms. Jane Billinghurst, author of “Temptress”, provides explanation of the femme fatale by way of metaphor, likening the way in which the Venus flytrap, or Dionaea muscipula, succeeds in obtaining its next meal by way of temp...   [tags: Symbolism Seduction Women Essays]

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Analysis Of ' Ozymandias ' The Norton Anthology Of English Literature

- Abrams, M. H. "Ozymandias" The Norton Anthology of English Literature. General Editor Stephen Greenblatt. 9th ed. New York: Norton, 2013. Pg. 1794. Print. In the poem “Ozymandias” the speaker mentions encountering traveler who tells a story of an old, shattered stature of a king in the middle of the desert. Although the stature is severely damaged, its sneering face is still visible and there is an inscription that encourages those who pass by to admire his mighty works. Ironically, there are no mighty works around to admire, only a boundless, bare desert remains....   [tags: Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ozymandias, John Keats]

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Beowulf, The Oldest Remaining Epic Of English Literature

- Beowulf, the oldest remaining epic in English literature, serves as an excellent example of the time’s perception of a great leader. The poem as a whole is filled with instances that demonstrate Beowulf’s great leadership skills, and how they evolve over time. Beowulf’s bravery when affronting the monsters, the loyalty for his king Hygelac, and the attentions shown towards his kinsmen are some traits that make him a respectable king. Beowulf first shows fairness, an attribute worthy of a great leader, when getting ready to fight Grendel....   [tags: Beowulf, Hero, Denmark, Beowulf]

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Periods Of English Literature

- Question: Show how the voices of writers through many centuries of literature have depicted a variety of mentalities and lifestyles. . Centuries could pass, and not many changes could be easily perceived by the common man, as those changes came gradually. Yet those changes can be readily discerned when looking at England as a whole, not looking at parts of history individually. The alterations of life, when looked at from a certain literary viewpoint, can be explained when one looks at the different periods in English literature, seeing the depictions of a certain era through writings that unintentionally convey great varieties in the mentality and lifestyles of the people who lived during...   [tags: essays research papers]

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Feminism in Indian English and Tamil literature

- The term 'feminism' has its origin from the Latin word lemina' meaning 'woman'. It refers to the advocacy of women's rights, status and power at par with men on the grounds of 'equality of sexes'. In other words, it relates to the belief that women should have the same social, economic and political rights as men. The term became popular from the early twentieth century struggles for securing women's suffrage or voting rights in the western countries, and the later well-organized socio-political movement for women's emancipation from patriarchal oppression....   [tags: lemina, women's right, indian women]

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English And French Legal Literature

- Literary texts provide insight into the use of the ordeal that was supposed to occur in the medieval legal system. The greater context of these texts is the flourishing of legal literature that marked a transition from unwritten to written custom, which appeared in the twelfth century and flourished in the thirteenth century. A significant contrast between the English and French legal literature was where the former devoted little attention to custom, mainly because common law superseded custom, the latter was largely written as the history of the custom....   [tags: Law, Common law, Plato, Law of the United States]

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English Literature

- English Literature My greatest strength lies in my ability to communicate effectively through my writing skills. As a freshman, I entered college certain that I wanted to be an English major because of my love of literature. I had a rather romantic picture in my mind as to what my studies would include: late nights relaxing with a cup of tea and a Virginia Woolf novel. Though my courses did offer me the opportunity to read many fabulous works of literature, they also challenged my analytical skills far more than I ever imagined....   [tags: Graduate Admissions Essays]

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English Literature

- “The striking peculiarity of Shakespeare’s mind is its power of communication with all other minds.” This is the first quotation that really jumped out at me. I have always wondered what make some books really popular while other books tend to just fizzle out and never really get much acclaim. Why do books like The Da Vinci Code go to the top of the New York Times bestseller list while others like Literature, Criticism and Theory never even come close to achieving the audience of the former. This quote seems to sum that up....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Memory, Experience, and Subjectivity in Romance Era English Literature

- During the reading of Renaissance era literature the impact of large cultural changes begin to be reflected in more vivid and less empirical ways. The literature of this period makes many claims to how societal forces, and perhaps existence in the “real” world itself corrupts the “being”, as well as inspecting the positives and negatives of a society in which the meaning of the word value has completely changed how it means to exist. With these changes however, I found the Renaissance era to be very interested in this concept of value and existence, and how those forces interact with internal perception....   [tags: Sociology, Culture, Quincey]

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The English Church Exposed in Canterbury Tales

- The 14th Century is a time in which the power of the English Church started to vanish because of multiple reasons. And Geoffrey Chaucer’s greatest work, the Canterbury Tales, can be a good evidence of the profligacy and immorality of the England Church at that time. In this magnificent piece of English literature, Chaucer expresses both his disappointment and admiration for the England Church through many different Church pilgrims form high social class to common people. By his description about the living qualities and moral standards of the various Church people, we can see that Chaucer thinks the English Church is a greedy institution where money comes before religion....   [tags: English Literature]

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English Literature: Analysis of Julio Cesar and Mayor Characters

- “Does the end ever justify the means?” a surprisingly simple question that poses more than one moral dilemma. Many causes and groups would say that, yes, the end does justify the means, but is this true. Do the positive effects outweigh the negative causes. Are betrayal and deception warranted to truly if one wanted to do good. If ending a life would in fact save the lives of ten others, would you be morally ‘correct’ in ending the life of the first man. Time and time again, this question pops up, making others question their sense of right and wrong....   [tags: antony, cassius, brutus]

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The Growth of Indian English Novel

- Introduction to Indian English Literature: English, the language of international status, is especially remarkable for its flexible and variable character. It is not tied down to typical English conventions and social, cultural and literary background in various countries when it is read and spoken. It, on the other hand, has come under the dominant influence of the cultural and social background of the countries concerned. The geographical, climatic, social and cultural conditions prevalent in a country have determined the character of written and spoken English....   [tags: Indian English Literature]

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Investigating a Correlation Between Mathematics and English Literature Scores

- Investigating a Correlation Between Mathematics and English Literature Scores Aim: The aim of my investigation is to find out if there is any correlation between individualÂ’s scores in GCSE Mathematics and English Literature. Also, I aim to find out whether the correlation (if present) is negative or positive. Reason for Investigation: I have decided to investigate this as at my previous high school many of my teachers, but in particular my English literature teacher, thought that if a pupil was a high achiever in the English Literature GCSE then it was unlikely that they were also a high achiever in the Mathematics GCSE....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Pop Culture and Old English Literature

- There are simply two types of people in this world; good people and bad people. In Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, the King of Scotland (well at least at the beginning of the play) whom is King Duncan, would be labeled as a good person. Duncan is viewed as Macbeth’s opposite, since Macbeth’s characteristics are all made to be pointed out as a bad person. The story of Macbeth is all about greed, power, and guilt. Macbeth becomes greedy when he kills Duncan in order to become king and to gain power. Lady Macbeth on the other hand is stricken with guilt at what she has caused her husband to do....   [tags: King Duncan and Justin Bieber]

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English Language Learners: Relationship Between Literature and English Language

- Relevancy of the Program Review The topic of my research is to find out why English Language Learners (ELLs) have struggle throughout most of their education with literature, language and shows that the two are closely related. This close relationship is obvious because from all indications, literature presupposes language. It is inconceivable to discuss literature without reference to language. But going by the traditional practice at the secondary school level in El Centro Elementary School District, there are indications that Literature and English Language are treated as two separate school subjects....   [tags: Vocabulary, Hispanic, Students]

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English Literature Review : Accent Studies Of The British Isles Edited By Foulkes And Docherty

- Literature Review This review will consider four chapters found in Urban Voices: Accent Studies in the British Isles edited by Foulkes and Docherty (1999), the four works are as follows: Watt and Milroy Patterns of Variation and Change in Three Newcastle Vowels: is Dialect Levelling?, Mathisen Sandwell, West Midlands: Ambiguous Perspectives on Gender Patterns and Models of Change, Mees and Collins Cardiff: a Real Time Study of Glottalisation and finally MacCafferty (London)Derry: Between Ulster and Local Speech – Class, Ethnicity and Language Change....   [tags: Social class, Working class, Middle class]

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English Language and Literature in the Middle ages

- English Language and Literature in the Middle ages English Society of the Middle Ages saw many developments and new trends, but none so plainly as the developments witnessed in the Language and Literature of that time. It began with the Norman Conquest: eloquent french words substituted for the “harsh” saxon equivalents, primarily in the upper levels of society. Literature began to reflect these changes in the language, and continued to evolve throughout the Renissance. Together, these aspects helped define the Middle Ages....   [tags: essays papers]

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The Study of Literature

- The Study of Literature I finally understand the study of literature. As an English major, a reader/ writer/ poet who has spent a great deal of time reading the works of others and writing about them, I am reminded of something I have heard my father, a teacher, say repeatedly about the modern American attitude toward education. "Nobody learns just to learn," he observes sadly, pointing out the way in which students often view particularly higher education as some kind of training ground for a career....   [tags: English Literature Essays]

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Theme of Revenge in Literature and Movies

- The Roman poet, Juvenal, once said that, "Revenge is always the weak pleasure of a little and narrow mind." Most people would agree with Juvenal that revenge is an abhorrent human need that can only satisfy narrow-minded people. Even though, we know revenge will generally not bring us much satisfaction, we still constantly lust for taking revenge on someone. It is because revenge is such a natural part of human nature that writers so often use it as their theme. Revenge can easily be an awe-inspiring theme for a novel because it is something that all people can relate to, whether they know it or not....   [tags: english literature, films]

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Politics and The English Language: George Orwell´s Literature

- ... After discussing the matter with the class, I concluded that I disagree with David, as even though Orwell does indeed employ a heavy use of rhetoric throughout his essays, emphasising the need to be clear, he states on numerous occasions that he is a “victim of these methods.” Yet, I find that in order for Orwell to clearly communicate to the masses and to encourage this lingual clarity, he must occasionally manifest the political writing style which he has been inadvertently opposing, as his audience live in a world indoctrinated with “prose that is like a window pane” smeared with politics, void of individual thought....   [tags: democracy, style, literary devices]

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English Composition : The Act Or Process Of Composing Or A Piece Of Writing

- English Composition II Composition is “the act or process of composing or a piece of writing” (Webster). English Composition is a form of writing that incorporates the English language in to a proper arrangement. The arrangement can come in the forms of essays, poems, stories, or other types of literature. The word English Composition gained popularity during the late eighteen hundreds due to higher education. English Composition should be the foundation of any education achieved. Most universities and colleges have two different levels of English Composition level one and level two....   [tags: English language, Writing, Literature]

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English Prose Study Essay

- English Prose Study Essay Miss Havisham is first introduced to the reader when Mr Pumblechook (Pips Uncle) announces that Miss Havisham Requests Pips presence to play at her house. Miss Havisham fits into the main plot because she trains Estella to “ break their hearts.” When Pip sees Estella for the fist time, he instantly falls in love with her. Miss Havisham sees this and she encourages Pip to do so. Miss Havisham was also, in Pips eyes, the cause of his ‘Great expectations’ Miss Havisham may also have been placed in the novel by Dickens, To explore how the effects of bad experiences on people....   [tags: English Literature]

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English Language Coursework - A Christmas Carol

- English Language Coursework - A Christmas Carol A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens and published in 1843. This is based on the lives of poor people that in past was so hard to survive as they didn’t have enough money. They were treated as animals by the upper class people. They always did the hard work but never not get enough paid. They were unable to provide their families the certain expensive things like fresh food, clothes, and beautiful house with the best furniture. Christmas is acknowledged as a very particular day and instant of life for all Christians....   [tags: English Literature]

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World Literature Essay Number Two:

- World Literature Essay Number Two: The symbolism of Blood and Water in the play “Blood Wedding” The two word title of the play “Blood Wedding” by Frederico Garcia Lorca presents both a contradiction and a concurrence. These themes continue throughout the play, and the two words of the title are used to capture the essence of the contrasting movements of its action. The wedding symbolises the harmony of man and woman, and the continuation of life. Blood too symbolises these things, however it also evokes contrasting feelings of violence, death and destruction....   [tags: English Literature]

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Langston Hughes's poem Theme for English B

- Langston Hughes's poem Theme for English B is a complicated piece, which is able to stimulate the mind of any person that gives it a chance. Langston Hughes's poem Theme for English B is a complicated piece, which is able to stimulate the mind of any person that gives it a chance. This poem touches on the ever present topics of racism, commonality and differences, with insights on how people are so frequent to prejudge others without even knowing their name. Racism is still present today, even most who would not consider themselves raciest have used some sort of raciest remark or gesture....   [tags: English Literature]

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Gcse English Poetry: Auden compared with Calrke

- Gcse English Poetry: Auden compared with Calrke GCSE ENGLISH POETRY The two poems that I will be analysing are ‘Stop all the Clocks’ by W.H. Auden and ‘The Vet’ by Gillian Clarke. My discussion will be based on the theme of the poems and look at how the poets used form and language to help his readers understand and make meaning out of the poem. STOP ALL THE CLOCKS THEME The theme of this poem is about grief. The poet takes his readers through a simple but complex journey that explains the different stages of grief that a person feels when a loved one dies....   [tags: English Literature]

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Keiran Austin, Yr 11 English, Mrs Ferguson

- Keiran Austin, Yr 11 English, Mrs Ferguson THE DIVINE WIND The description of the situation in Broome portrayed in The Divine Wind is a complete accurate account of the events that occurred during 1938- 1946. Practically everything in the novel was precise including the description of Broome, the Japanese internees, the dates and things as detailed as street names. It is quite obvious that Garry Disher had studied the town in depth before writing the novel. The fact that Broome is described as a pearling town with a tropical existence is true....   [tags: English Literature]

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English Coursework: Macbeth

- English Coursework: Macbeth In this essay I will be discussing who is responsible for the death of King Duncan In Shakespeare’s play ‘Macbeth’. The main character in the play, Macbeth, murders King Duncan. However, I feel that he was not totally to blame. I believe that both Lady Macbeth and the three witches played a part in his death and this should not be overlooked. The three witches are all sisters. We first meet the witches in the very first scene of the play when they are on the heath casting a spell....   [tags: English Literature]

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Postcolonial Indian Literature in English: Narayan, Jhabvala, Rushdie

- Postcolonial Indian Literature in English: Narayan, Jhabvala, Rushdie Indian literature in English which is accessible to us in the West, still has its roots in colonial literature and the tensions between East and West. A European naturalism is often present; a concern to posit India as an arena within which Western readers can identify realities is inherent within much of this writing. The following are three examples of the progression of post-Independence literature. Twenty years after Independence, R.K.Narayan was still tackling issues of colonialism....   [tags: Essays Papers]

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Consider Why Visions of the Future are Common in Literature. Make

- Consider Why Visions of the Future are Common in Literature. Make Specific Reference to The Chrysalids and at Least One Other Text. In this essay I will try to explain why visions of the future are so common in literature. To do this I will make reference to "The Chrysalids" by John Wyndham, "Brother In the Land" by Robert Swindell, "Z for Zachariah" by Robert C. O'Brien and also a television series called "Futurama", created by Matt Groening. This essay consists of three main parts: an introduction, an explanation on why visions of the future are abundant and a conclusion....   [tags: English Literature]

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To what extent is Frankenstein typical of gothic literature?

- To what extent is Frankenstein typical of gothic literature. In you answer make close references to its context and Mary Shelly's use of language. This essay will assess how typical of the gothic genre writings is Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein". The novel was written at a time when electricity was first discovered and Galvanism was being explored, mainly for medical reasons. People at this time were ignorant and sceptical of medicine and so most people would have been disgusted by these studies. At this time the Romantic period was well under way, this movement (which Mary shelly and her husband Percy Shelly who was a poet belonged to) was about freedom of thought, the beauty of nature and the...   [tags: English Literature]

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World Literature Essay

- World Literature Essay “The Jane Austen novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is basically concerned with the education of a young heroine” The statement “The Jane Austen novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is basically concerned with the education of a young heroine” raises many questions. The term education in this context means a journey of ones self rather than a formal schooling education. From the beginning pages of the book the idea of Elizabeth being the heroine is established. Since there are other themes of the novel, themes of love, reputation and class, it can be questioned as to whether the novel is centred on the education of Elizabeth....   [tags: English Literature]

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How does Betchman portray the weakness of English Middle Classes in

- How does Betchman portray the weakness of English Middle Classes in Westminster Abbey. In the poem 'In Westminster Abbey' the poet (John Betchman) speaks in from the view of a lady living in the English middle classes in the period, in which the Second World War took place. The poet has set the poem in the head of the heart of England's church, Westminster Abbey. The poet narrates to the reads the feelings of this lady and her feelings of the war, but what the poet does in mainly stereotype all women in the English middle classes at the time....   [tags: English Literature]

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Thomas Hardy was an English man, who lived in England near Dorchester

- Thomas Hardy was an English man, who lived in England near Dorchester Thomas Hardy was an English man, who lived in England near Dorchester. He lived from 1840-1928 most of what he wrote is set in Dorset and the neighboring countries. He gave these the fictional name Wessex. He wrote 17 novels which one was unpublished. And around a thousand poems the melancholy hussar and the withered arm are both from the Wessex tails book. He lived on the edge of a tract of a wild heath land, which was very isolated this may have resulted in his stories being set out in the country or being isolated....   [tags: English Literature]

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Jane Eyre is one of the earliest English novels with a strong, female

- Jane Eyre is one of the earliest English novels with a strong, female central character. Do you think she sells out by marrying Rochester, thus enabling a conventional, romantic ending to the novel. "He stretched his hand out to be led." (Jane) Form start to finish, this novel has had one strong, female central character - Jane Eyre. We see her fight for independence as a female from her childhood right up until her marriage. These ardent, passionate beliefs do not leave her once married, if anything; they get stronger....   [tags: English Literature]

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GCSE English Coursework – Wide Reading Assignment - Lamb to the Slaughter

- GCSE English Coursework – Wide Reading Assignment - Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl, and The Speckled Band In this wide reading assignment I have been looking at two stories, 'Lamb to the Slaughter' by Roald Dahl, and 'The Speckled Band' by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle. Both these stories are classed as murder mysteries, and I am intending to investigate and compare the motives of the killers in both stories. 'The Speckled Band' is written in first person from the viewpoint of Dr. Watson. The story starts with Watson looking over notes of the cases that he and Holmes have taken in the last eight years; one in particular comes to his mind, and from their Watson tells the story of 'The Speckle...   [tags: English Literature]

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English Coursework: Frankenstein doesn’t have any heroes or villains,

- English Coursework: Frankenstein doesn’t have any heroes or villains, only victims. Do you agree with this statement. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, started being written in 1814 and was finally completed in the summer of 1816, at a time when gothic genre was extremely popular. It was then released in 1818, but Shelley decided to release it anonymously. It is a gothic horror novel that concentrates on isolation and ambition. The idea for the novel was supposedly first invented when Shelley was at a friend’s house when a competition was created as to whom could create the best “tale of terror” story....   [tags: English Literature]

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English Commentary

- English Commentary The following is a commentary on paragraph in P.G 211 a 212 in the Sorrow of War.. The paragraph from page 211 to 212 has a very important significance to the story as a whole. It has a lot of metaphors and similes that add to the sorrowful mood of the story. In the beginning, the paragraph is very poetic, juxtaposing past images of life to future and present images of death and destruction. In specific it juxtaposes the "eternal" beauty of his girlfriend Phuong to the tragic finality of war....   [tags: English Literature]

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The Presentation Of The English Department At Illinois Central College 's East Peoria Campus

- On December 7th, 2015, Jennifer Hopp and the ICC Staff held a celebration within the English Department. The English Department celebrated their 25 years of running the program, Between the Lines. The presentation was also the 162nd presentation the program has had in 25 years. This is obviously a big deal for Between the Lines for having over 25 years of success. This paper will discuss what Between the Lines is, and what the event that took place for the celebration. The actual event was held in room 212 at Illinois Central College’s East Peoria Campus....   [tags: Literature, Novel, English studies, Presentation]

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Tintern Abbey, Frost at Midnight and Ode to the West Wind

- Romanticism was a revolutionary movement which began in English Literature (mainly poetry) around the Eighteenth Century in Western Europe and gained height during the times of the Industrial Revolution. Wordsworth, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Coleridge and Blake were regarded as the ‘Big Six’ of Romanticism. In ‘Tintern Abbey’ by William Wordsworth, ‘Frost at Midnight’ by Samuel Coleridge and ‘ Ode to the West Wind’ by Percy Shelley, we see clearly that nature is the central trigger for the poet’s imagination to take wings and to help each poet to seriously explore his inner world in a meditative manner; the treatment and responses to nature are also similar, despite some individual differences....   [tags: English Literature]

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English: Poetry Commentary Haven’t I Danced the Big Dance? By Jack Mapanje

- English: Poetry Commentary Haven’t I Danced the Big Dance. By Jack Mapanje The poem ‘Haven’t I danced the big dance?’ by Jack Mapanje concerns the traditional rain dance of a proud tribesman. The modern representation of his dance that he sees today provokes this nostalgic and emotional response. The speaker, a formal tribal rain dancer, is thinking back to the time when he used to dance this traditional dance, and looking at the new generation, dancing only for show, with sadness. The poem is divided into three stanzas, the two first ones being dedicated to the past, when he was a dancer, and the last one to the present....   [tags: English Literature]

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Critical Approaches to Literature Should Not be Required of English Majors

- Critical Approaches to Literature Should Not be Required of English Majors In the controversy that surrounds the issue of requiring English majors to take Critical Approaches to Literature, it is not important whether the course is academically justifiable, but whether requiring English majors to take it is justifiable. By thinking about this issue in this way, I have concluded that Critical Approaches to Literature should not be required of English majors. The main reason for including Critical Approaches to Literature as a required course for English majors is to incorporate a sense of multi-culturalism and feminism into the English major....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays]

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- English A Summer’s Reading Respect is a very dominant and important factor in the story of Bernard Malamud, “A Summer’s Reading.” The reach for respect from the people around him causes a lot of dilemma within the main character, George Stoyonovic. And those dilemmas led to consequences that George hated. George, a high school drop out, can not get any job during one summer. He decides to read the magazines found at home. But when he met Mr. Cattanzara, he immediately lies about the hundred books he is reading, in order for Mr....   [tags: English Literature]

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- English The Crucible Essay The Crucible, a tale of superstition and tyrannical oppression set to shake our complacency and make us think. Arthur Miller, the author of this compelling play, deals with controversial issues and subjects which could be classed as taboo such as infidelity and witchcraft. He has a rare talent when it comes to writing and conveying human emotions to his audience. Act 2 opens in the ‘common room’ of Proctor’s house. John Proctor arrives later than usual after a hard days work....   [tags: English Literature]

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The Beginning Sets the Bar

- History is but a story waiting to be told again and again, in different ways. The history of King Arthur is split up into three genres of Arthurian literature: chronicle, romance and fantasy. Each type of genre, whilst different, still aims to prove that the story being told is historically accurate. The authors of texts use the first couple of paragraphs to prove the historicity of their texts. This essay touches on the chronicle and romance genres (specifically Historia Regum Britanniae and Le Chevalier de la Charette), focusing mainly on the beginning of the text and the significance behind the first few paragraphs of a story....   [tags: English Literature ]

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The Catholic Church Exposed In The Character of The Friar

- During the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church was one of the wealthiest institutions in Europe, but the people of the land suffered in poverty. Chaucer exposes the hypocritical greed of the Catholic Church with the description of the Friar in The General Prologue of The Canterbury Tales. Instead of giving aid to the poor, the Friar lived gluttonously and encouraged parishioners to give money in exchange for absolution. Chaucer defines the inconsistency within the Church: the institution and its leaders claim to be available to guide people to live Christian lives, yet selfishly encourage the public to pay for absolution, corrupting the original purpose and meaning of confession and absolution....   [tags: English Literature]

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Geroge Eliot: A Look Into the Victorian Era

- Mary Ann Evans was a woman who lived controversial and unconventional life. Many of her choices in her life have shocked many people. She eventually earned the deserved credit of an accomplished author. Her works stand on their own, and where not overshadowed by her personnel life decisions. She was known as one of the best Victorian writers, she deals with issues of social change and triumphs of the heart. Her remarkable talent that shows is the depth and scope of English life. Many of her novels today are included in the Cannon of Classic Nineteenth Century Literary Works....   [tags: English Literature ]

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A Critical Assessment of the Harry Potter Phenomenon in Contemporary British Culture

- Introduction The first Harry Potter book came out in 1997, and no one at the time could imagine that in the 10 years that followed, it would become the most read children’s book and a $6.4 billion worth film franchise. The aim of this essay is to try to explain the reason for the popularity of the Harry Potter books. The aim is also to show the changes that the series caused, how they influenced the people who read them, how they had an impact on literacy and overall, on British popular culture....   [tags: English Literature ]

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Jane Austen's Life Expressed in Pride and Prejudice

- Jane Austen is one of British literature’s most successful writers. Her enthusiastic writing and specific detailing are one of the many reasons Austen has a broad group of readers. Austen was even quoted by the novelist of that time to have a “talent for describing the involvements and feelings and characters of ordinary life which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with”- Sir Walter Scott (Graham3). Jane Austen’s proper upbringing and social standing in life, as well as her belief in the importance of social stability and class are clearly expressed throughout her classic novel Pride and Prejudice....   [tags: English Literature ]

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Royalty and Their Defense of Citizens

- From the time that people drew together, and began relying on one ruler, there were certain standards a king must uphold. Whether it was the stocking, and division of surplus foods, or the partitioning up of land to the nobles, the king was the ultimate word on such matters. The citizens of the land should be able to look to their leaders, during these times, and in times of trouble. It is through epic tales that we are granted a look into the past, and at the leaders who once held sway over the lands....   [tags: English Literature ]

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

- ... Especially a great English literature teacher. A ‘good’ English literature teacher will teach their student the basis of grammar, composition, and structure then application of English writing. But a great English literature teacher will forever have a lasting impact upon their disciple, a great teacher will be able to provide their students with genuine interest in the mechanics of English literature. A English teacher has the benefit of possibly motivating their students into becoming one of the worlds next best influential speaker, writer, poet, celebrity or artist....   [tags: english literature, ideologies, philosophy]

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Samuel Johnson in Popular Culture

- Samuel Johnson is revered and considered one of the greatest writers of the eighteenth century. However, when it comes to him as a person many times he is regarded as a being disrespectful, unfair or rude. Yet, there were many instances in his life where he was quite the opposite. However, he was still perceived as being pompous or negatively because he was going against, what was the popular “accepted” culture of the time. There are two situations in particular where he took an unpopular stance on issues, those issues were: women’s rights and slavery....   [tags: English Literature ]

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Some Information About Nelle Harper Lee: To Kill a Mocking Bird

- Nelle Harper Lee is best known for her novel, To Kill a Mocking Bird, which was published in July of 1960. Initially named “Atticus” It was an immediate success. Harper Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama in 1926 on April 28th. Among Lee’s childhood friends is novelist Truman Capote. Lee worked with Capote on an article in The New Yorker which later evolved into his nonfiction masterpiece, In Cold Blood. Lee described Capote as, “Beautiful things floated around in his dreamy head,” Lee fashioned Dill, the lonely boy next door after Capote....   [tags: english literature, atticus]

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William Golding is an Example of Never Giving Up Your Dreams

- William Golding is a British authors who has sold millions of novels worldwide. He went through many obstacles before he became a successful author. His novels are still great sellers, not only for their exiting plots but for their philosophical insights into the nature of human beings. William Golding is a great example of not giving up on your dreams. The writings of William Golding were mainly influenced by his parents, World War II, and his profession as a teacher. As a boy, Golding first learned of rationalism and the wonders of science from his father, Alec (Feeney)....   [tags: author, english literature, novels]

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The Romantic Elements in The Work Waverley by Sir Walter Scott

- Sir Walter Scott is considered to be „one of the most delightful figures in English literature and probably the most famous of all the Scotsmen who have ever lived“(Fletcher 2002, p. 127). This Scottish writer is famous for his historical novels which were very popular in the nineteenth century, especially his work that is our subject to discuss in the essay – Waverley. Scott himself was a descendant of one fighting clan and knew a number of people who took part in Jacobite rebellion. This helped him to depict the events better....   [tags: english literature, scottish writer]

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Fear, Death and Gore in Edgar Allan Poe's Writing

- Throughout the human history, there have been writers that have altered the way society thinks about certain occurrences. Edgar Allan Poe, one of the most prominent writers of the English literature, has the honor of being the one, who smartly linked societal and individual distress to fiction. Poe, because of being the pioneer of the detective fiction, is seen as an influential writer of the nineteenth century. Poe's writing was mostly influenced by his childhood and the societal happenings of the time....   [tags: English Literature, Character Traits]

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Comparing Sir Tryamour and Amis and Amiloun

- ... Even without protagonists’ warning, readers of romance would expect Steward to be evil, and he quickly satisfies that expectation. Indeed, readers can be convinced that without applying a role of stewards the romances would not become so interesting as they are now. In both romances Steward’s action is defined by the rejection of his propositions to the main characters. For instance, Sir Tryamour, Marrok, the Steward of Ardus, during the king's absence attempts to seduce the queen, who firmly rejects him....   [tags: medieval romance, english literature]

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Geoffrey Chaucer's Use of Characterization

- Characterization has been the cornerstone of literature for centuries. Character presentation can attain any work fame or shame. Geoffrey Chaucer, a pioneer of English Literature’s works carried mass appeal. His best known works appealed to those of all walks of life. Chaucer’s work resulted in mass appeal because it used many forms of characterization to present the characters to the reader. In Geoffrey Chaucer’s Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, Chaucer uses thoughts and actions, his word, and satire to characterize The Squire and The Wife of Bath....   [tags: Classic English Literature]

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Timeless Treasure of Shakespeare's Women

- Literature has drastically changed throughout the ages, and over time many plays, stories and poems have been forgotten by the majority of society. However, there are many pieces of literature dating back to the 16th century that are still studied to this day. A majority of these works belong to a man by the name of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare is one of the most well-known play authors to date, capturing his audience’s attention by defying the norms of his time. The way he displays the women in his works is quite different than the stereotypical view of women during his time, showing his ability to disobey the norms and expectations of his society....   [tags: Character Analysis, English Literature]

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Oliver Twist Multicultural Paper

- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is a fictional story based in London during the 1800’s. Oliver Twist, an orphaned child, is forced to live in a workhouse where he is abused, starved, and given away as an apprentice. Eventually Oliver turns to a life on the streets, living with a gang of orphaned children. Charles Dickens depiction of the workhouse conditions is considered very accurate according to historians. The conditions were horrible and unfit for humans. Poor people were not valued and were considered a blight on society....   [tags: English Literature ]

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