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  • Pygmalion a Play by Bernard Shaw

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    Pygmalion is one of Bernard Shaw’s most famous and beloved plays, which he published in London in 1912. This play was written during the Edwardian era which was characterised by major political, social and economical changes. Politically, the reign of king Edward VII witnessed a relative involvement of social segments such as labourers and women in political life. Socio-economically, the British society was marked by a strict and a clear-cut social class system in the early twentieth century. During

  • Effectiveness of Suffragists and Suffragettes

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    Effectiveness of Suffragists and Suffragettes The suffragists and suffragettes campaigned for votes for women from 1906 to 1914. The suffragists campaigned politically, organising petitions, marches and meetings. The suffragettes were violent protesters, vandalising public property, private property, and men's affairs. But how effective were these campaigns, of violence and peace. The suffragist's greatest achievement was arguably the introduction of the conciliation bill. Whilst Asquith

  • The Development of the Railway System in Britain

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    period of amalgamation by which the larger companies absorbed smaller companies, sometimes in one fell swoop, and sometimes by running powers moving into complete operation and finally absorption. The golden age of railways was arguably the Edwardian era from 1901 to 1911 (really 1914). Railways had no serious competitors in long distance haulage, the electric tram was providing some competition in short distance passenger routes in the conurbation’s, but motor transport was only just emerging

  • How Priestly Uses the Inspector to Create Tension and Suspense in An Inspector Calls

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    How Priestly Uses the Inspector to Create Tension and Suspense in An Inspector Calls J.B Priestly wrote 'An Inspector Calls' in 1945 just when the welfare state began. J.B Priestly set his play in Edwardian Britain 1912; however Edwardian Britain society was still very Victorian in its attitude and structure. For example the rich, who were privileged, were meant to help out the poor through charities, as there was no welfare state. As well as the fact that social benefits did not exist at

  • Analysis of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Forster's A Room With A View

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    Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ utilises setting to reveal Darcy’s true character and allows Elizabeth to gain a true understanding of his nature. Pemberley estate is placed at the centre of the novel both literally and figuratively. In terms of Pemberley’s literal meaning, it informs the reader that the estate belongs to Darcy, while figuratively it reflects the charm of his character. Elizabeth Bennet’s visit to Pemeberly illuminates’ Darcy’s moral fibre, she is enchanted by its beauty and

  • Popular Culture in Britain in the Beginning of the 1960s

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    Popular Culture in Britain in the Beginning of the 1960s Popular culture is related to the interests of the youth. Before the 60s, there was no such thing as a teenager. In the beginning of the 60s wages increased and more jobs were being offered so youth had more money. In the beginning of the 1960s British youth spent an average of eight pounds a week. This gave them more chance to be independent and more freedom. This created 'the generation gap'. Never before had there been a difference

  • British Cinema

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    Petri, in other terms, young-looking men with glossy hair and dark shining skin. The next one is an Italian-influenced look. Characteristics of this look are the following : a dark skin tone and strong features. The last one this is a version of Edwardian Englishness. Slightly dressed man with greasy hair. This conservative look can be associated to Charles played by Hugh Grant from Four Weddings and a Funeral. The main character of the film ‘is an archetypal hero found in every storytelling culture

  • Middle-Class-Morality and Comments on Class and Social Standing made by Shaw in Pygmalion

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    Middle-Class-Morality and Comments on Class and Social Standing made by Shaw in Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion is the story of Henry Higgins, a master phonetician, and his mischievous plot to pass a common flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, off as a duchess at the Embassy Ball. In order achieve his goal, Higgins must teach Eliza how to speak properly and how to act in upper-class society. The play pokes fun at "middle class morality" and upper-class superficiality, reflects the

  • The Development of New Liberalism

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    The Development of New Liberalism There were many reasons of why New Liberalism developed in the early 20th century. The two main reasons were political pragmatism and compassion for the poor. New Liberalism developed because Lloyd George, Asquith and Churchill believed that the government should help the vulnerable, which could not stand on their own two feet, such as the young, old, sick and unemployed. The other reasons could be Britain’s economic position, the Boer war, the Laissez-faire

  • The Changing Role and Status of Women in Britain

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    The Changing Role and Status of Women in Britain 1. Explain why women failed to gain the right to vote between 1900 and 1914. In the twentieth century women’s role in society was hugely different to what it is today. Women were regarded as being inferior to men and were treated as such. Although girls were given a compulsory state education 1870, few went to university and those who did were not awarded a degree. Women had very few rights under marriage, when a woman married; she and