Discuss Stevenson's portrayal of the Nature of Good and Evil and the Dual Nature of Man's Personality in the Novel.
'The Strange Case of Dr Jeykll and Mr Hyde' by is a novel, written in 1886 by Robert Louis Stevenson in a Victorian society that has very strict views about, and about the separation of good and evil. In this era, the Victorian ideal was to have a marriage, to be religious, for everyone to live in happiness and to have a family. However, sex outside marriage was very wrong. This idea about sex outside marriage was very hypocritical due to the raising levels of prostitution and in true reality, many were poor and no one who came from a poor background had a chance to get very far in life as the Victorian world was very much dominated by class. Because of this era dominated by class, many people were condemned to live in poor accommodation with overcrowding due to more and more people becoming poorer and poor people couldn't afford good health services so therefore, many of the population died from disease. The idea of this novel is to show people the relationship between good and evil in a realistic society against the Victorian ideal. In this novel, Mr Hyde is the evil side of Dr Jeykll. No one knows that they are together but in the novel, Mr Utterson is obsessed by this 'Hyde' and is desperate to know about him and know what he looks like. This is because in an ideal Victorian society, the poor and evil are set aside from the rich and good and Utterson seems desperate to define evil so that everyone can know what evil looks like because it seems that he is an obvious representative of evil. At the beginning of the novel he tramples on a little girl and later on murders an old man and draws huge attention to himself...
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Discuss the Development of Lady Macbeth's Character Lady Macbeth's character changes greatly throughout William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth'. In this essay I will use the scenes featuring Lady Macbeth to establish the changes in her character. I will incorporate themes such as change and background, which further the show the gradual development, and diminishment, of her character. The first impression of Lady Macbeth comes in Act 1, Scene 5 when she has received Macbeth's letter. She recites the story of the three witches and their predictions; Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor and King, and Banquo's children will be Kings thereafter. Lady Macbeth's character is then unmasked and you see her need for power and success. "Hie thee hither, that I may pour my spirits in thine ear". She wishes for Macbeth to hurry back to Dunsinane so that she can dismiss her fear that he is "too full o' th' milk of human kindness". She feels Macbeth would want to be king, and that he would be a good one; "Thou wouldst be great". However, she feels this could only happen without the evil that would come with it; "What thou wouldst highly, That wouldst holily", meaning 'You want greatness but only by fair means'. Lady Macbeth is headstrong and is determined to quench Macbeth's loyalty and respect for the King "To catch the nearest way" meaning to kill Duncan, thereby leaving the throne open for them. Here you see the great power she holds over Macbeth, she can manipulate his mind to consider killing someone he greatly respects and honours. Lady Macbeth calls evil spirits to "unsex me here". She wants the strength to do what she is planning and feels the only way to do this is to lose her femininity and become masculine and bitter. She wants "no remorse" to...
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Discuss the function of the inspector in the play as a whole An Inspector Calls was written by J.B Priestly. This play intertwines the life of a pretty young woman who was driven to suicide by a well known respectable family. But it has a deeper more sinister meaning and morale to the story. That mankind has to learn from mistakes or it will have to repay them in blood and anguish. The inspector's role in the play is more than being a police officer, but being with God and teaching mankind a lesson. The play is set in 1912; it was performed and written in 1945. Priestly shows the inspectors important role by the phrases he uses. He portrays the faults of mankind and the consequences of those blunders that the audience had to face some thirty years earlier. Before the inspector arrives the mood is light hearted, jovial and happy. Birling's speeches before the inspector has arrived are very ignorant, and he doesn't see what's in front of him and what could happen to him if he doesn't smarten up. As the inspector's arrival draws closer Birling's talking to Gerald about how he could get a knight hood, he continues by saying. "So long as we behave our selves, don't get into the police or start a scandal". But he doesn't consider what his words could bring about. Also its quiet a slap in the face when he says this and an inspector arrives, what a coincidence as he makes that comment a police officer arrives. The inspector is due any moment while Birling is making a speech about community and how you have to look after number one he says "But the way some of these cranks talk and write now, you'd think everybody has to look after everybody...
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In the simplest terms, one can define feminism as the advocacy of women for equal rights with men. Although it is a process that is mostly political, it has been noted that this movement had its roots long before the twentieth century, when it gathered political momentum. Indeed, it was first felt in the literary world with writers like Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), who presented a rather new perspective to the life of women. Like other feminists, she understood and complained about all the ways that men used to exclude women. However, for her, feminism was mostly about women, and about how they should be educated to fulfill their aspirations and potentials. To her, the male and female roles were complementary rather than synonymous, and, this, in turn, made her believe firmly that the male-female relationship could be and should be improved upon. It is believed that Mary Wollstonecraft was one of the first feminists. When her famous 'The Rights of Woman' was first published, Jane Austen (1775-1817), must have been in her formative years. Since we know that she was not restricted in her access to knowledge, it is quite natural for her to have been influenced by W. Mary's writings and views. However, while W. Mary and Jane shared the same ideas, the difference in their social circumstances and their own family influence made them react to them following different attitudes. The latter advocated that the status-quo remain the same specially in the genteel world she lived in and depicted so well in her novels and that the women should be allowed to have a better access to education to improve their chances in life. The former, on the other hand, backed the idea that the women needed to fight for their own rights by themselves, for the men...
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PRAC. ESSAY By Crystal Crofts May '03 Discuss the representation of class in Cloudstreet A class discourse operates as a way of grouping people according to their economic and social status. With class, comes a certain cultural code, being formed by society in which communication between individuals & or groups takes place. It contributes to a general cultural assumption that enables texts to create meaning. Tim Wintons' novel "Cloudstreet" shows class representation, though not necessarily as the feature theme but is very much included in the overall plot. Cloudstreet is the story of two families struggling to make ends meet in a run down house in Perth during the twenty years after World War 2. The focus of class in the novel is more on the valuing of poverty over wealth, not literally being "rich" or being "poor", but the ideology of which generally accompanies these positions of economic stature. It attempts to show the reader that ultimately, goodness itself resides with the innocent, the unsophisticated and the non-intellectual. All of the main characters in question, being on the lower end of the economic scale appear to have these qualities, however they are also noted for all of the good characteristics of the working class Australian, with the ever present larachanism. The birth of Wax Harry being an excellent example as it echoes perfectly the style of writing, emphasising the humour and larachanism, being the typical Australian personality. Larachanism refers to the strong Australian style in dealing with adversity, in the use of humour, the lack of respect for authority and authority figures. The larachan being more particularly a masculine quality, the joker with a good heart, always supporting the underdog, always fair, honest and dependable to his mates. It reflects the laconic nature of Australian society and most importantly, it is the epitome...
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Discuss the role of the journalist in the modern political Scene and whether journalism allows a citizen to play a Wider or narrower part in modern democracy.
Journalists have two main roles in today's modern political scene. Robert W McChesney describes these two roles as "indispensable functions…within democratic theory." He sets them out as such: First, the media system must provide a rigorous accounting of people in power and people who want to be in power… This is known as the watchdog role. Second, the media system must provide reliable information and a wide range of informed opinions on the important social and political issues of the day. (McChesney, 2002) Through these two roles journalists try to involve citizens in politics and issues affecting them with the goal of increasing democracy in Britain. Democracy is "government by the people, exercised directly or through elected representatives" or simply "majority rule." (www.dictionary.com) To have a democracy where "the common people [are] considered as the primary source of political power" (www.dictionary.com) citizens need to be politically active. Which after the lowest ever turnout of fifty-nine per-cent at the last general election they are clearly not. This is mainly due to apathy towards politics, which is seen as both corrupt and boring by many. The disinterest in politics is especially clear in Hartlepool where the football teams mascot, H'Angus the monkey, was elected mayor. It is the role of journalists to give citizens information on politics, through newspapers, television or radio so to allow them to play a wider part in politics. The media is the only source from which most citizens can learn of many political issues. For example, many would probably never have learnt about the now famous Falklands event when 'The Belgrano,' an Argentinean ship, was sunk in controversial circumstances if it had not been investigated and reported by journalists. Citizens have the right to know about events such as this one, especially as it could affect whom they vote into power at...
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Tony Harrison is one of Britain's leading film and theatre poets. He has written for the National Theatre in London, the New York Metropolitan Opera and for the BBC and Channel 4 television. He was born in Leeds, in 1937 and was educated at Leeds Grammar School and Leeds University, where he read Classics and took a diploma in linguistics. Harrison's most vengeful and acclaimed poem 'V' was broadcast on channel 4 television in 1987 2 years after its original publication. 'V' is an extremely long poem in rhyming quatrains deliberately echoing Gray's Elegy in a Country Churchyard. Displaying many similarities to early 19th century poetry with each stanza presented on only 3 lines and is written in the traditional manner of poetry using iambic pentameter consisting of 10 syllables and 5 accents or stresses per line. Giving Harrison's poem "V" a distinct feeling that we get when reading aspects of sonnets and plays by William Shakespeare or Christopher Marlow consider, "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day" and "Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships And burnt the topless towers of Ilium? " When read aloud the style of writing creates a sense of a beat. Although Harrison's "V" is in certain aspects similar to the works of 19th century poetry and is written in iambic pentameter like most of English literature's greatest sonnets and plays. The poem does how ever contain irregularities within the language and also in the setting of the poem. Typical 19th century poetry is usually set within a rural surrounding discussing or outlining non-political issues and focuses its attention more toward the beauty, fragility and brilliance of a rural setting. Harrison's poem "V" is set within an urban community and in a contemporary context outlining political and social issues. Harrison chose...
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Discuss the socially constructed ideas that underpin the play and how they are revealed through the conflicts depicted.
The playwright William Shakespeare wrote the play Much Ado About Nothing, and through his writing, shows dominant ideologies that were present at the time. Shakespeare allowed audiences new ways of understanding the human mind and behaviour. This play is a light-hearted comedy that travels through the lives of lonely people in Elizabethan England that find love through the seeds of deception. The life of each character is not fixed as they learn more about themselves or each other as events take place. Shakespeare added incidents and conflicts which further highlight the dominant beliefs and ideologies of Elizabethan era. The dominant ideologies include the expectations of men and women, which is associated with gender, the socially constructed ideas to do with class, and ideas about dominant institutions which deal with the foundations of the church and marriage. The roles for different sexes is a major ideology in the play. Sex is referred to biological differences while gender is referred to social and cultural differences that are caused by sexual difference. The gender issue affects the way all of the character behaves. During the time, everything was male-orientated which means that men are dominant in all aspects of the walk of life. The traditional male sphere consists of war, honor, triumph, chivalry, and heroism. This explains for their individualistic aspirations, assertiveness, and narrow rationality. Women were considered a possession of men. Women were stereotyped into groups by Elizabethan men. This was to control and justify the place and role of women in society. Women were either a wife-which puts them as a possession of men, or a whore-which was soon to be bought. It was not surprising to see women blamed for the faults of the world as they were a favorite targets for satirists. This shows that any woman who spoke up,...
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'A guy goes nuts if he ain't got nobody. Don't matter no difference who the guy is, long's he's with you. I tell ya a guy gets too lonely an' he gets sick.' A major theme in Steinbeck's novel is loneliness and isolation. Almost all of the characters including Crooks, Candy and Curley's wife suffer from loneliness, although the degree of their exclusion is varied. Intolerance is human nature; people who are different from or weaker than the average are victims of intolerance and become isolated and lonely. Those who are in the normal majority group are expected to be strong and not exhibit their feelings. The normal group or social power group in Of Mice and Men is the white, male workers on the farm. They are younger men who are average sized and quite intelligent. They exclude people who do not fit in with them such as Crooks for being black, Candy for being old and Curley's wife for being a woman. This intolerance and isolation cause loneliness for all the characters in the novel. These lonely characters are driven towards the curiosity of George and Lennie's friendship because they do not have that support in their life. Through his novel, Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck demonstrates how people affected by loneliness will always be in search of solutions to their dilemmas. Candy, an old, physically disabled swamper who has worked on the ranch for his whole life is one of the characters singled out by the power group. Candy is plagued by his age and disability as he feels useless and worthless. He places himself in a state of mind that handicaps him more than his missing hand ever will. He looks down on himself as an old worthless man wasting away his last few years. He is often...
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Discuss The Theme Of Love And Marriage In 'Romeo and Juliet' And Show What It Tells Us Of The Literary And Social Background Of The Play
'Romeo and Juliet' is a tragic love story full of depth and emotion, where two 'star-crossed lovers' are compelled to take their lives because of a family feud. The word love in the play is portrayed in many different ways, whether to do with marriage or not. The characters differ in their interpretations of the word love. In the first act we witness the literary background of the play, where we first encounter Romeo acting in a love sick manner. Romeo is not yet acquainted with Juliet and his feelings are aimed at a young woman called Rosaline (whom he choses not to name). Romeo is very melancholy, absent minded, self indulgent and self pitying. He will not sleep or eat and cuts himself of from society because he is 'Out of her favour where I am in love' in other words suffering unrequited love. Romeo is also seen by Benvolio walking underneath the sycamore grove which Shakespeares audience would have recognised as being associated with dissapointed love. Romeo's language is very misshapen and unclear. He talks in riddles which portray images in the listeners mind. He producing speeches are poetical and lengthy. Romeo submits contradictory statments which was fashionable in the love poetry of Shakespeares era. The strange phrases like 'O loving hate', 'O heavy lightness' and 'sick health' are known as oxymorons. Romeo trys to produce a point that he is extremly deep in love, but we are given the impression that Romeo is more in love with the idea of being in love and trying to act how he thinks a lover is supposed to act rather than acting on impulse and the feelings and reactions which should come naturally. Romeo's behaviour is following a medieval tradition as a conventional courtly lover. Mercutio's perspective of love are very different to those of Romeo. Mercutio's...
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'Romeo and Juliet' is a play that shows true love conquering hate. Shakespeare's tragic drama of the 'star-crossed' young lovers is seen to be an extraordinary work and was probably written in about 1594 or 1595. During much of the twentieth century, critics tended to disparage this play in comparison to the four great tragedies that Shakespeare wrote in the first decade of the seventeenth century ('Hamlet', 'King Lear', 'Macbeth', and 'Othello'). Appraised next to Shakespeare's mature works, 'Romeo and Juliet' appears to lack the psychological depth and the structural complexity of Shakespeare's later tragedies. But over the past three decades or so, many scholars have altered this assessment, effectively upgrading its status within Shakespeare's canon. The play opens with a prologue spoken by a Chorus in the form of a fourteen-line sonnet. This is appropriate because it is a very structured play about love, and sonnets represent love. In this concise manner, we are told from the start that the play's setting is the Italian city of Verona, that a blood feud between two families (Montagues and Capulets) is the context in which the star-crossed lovers (Romeo and Juliet) will fall in love, and that only with their deaths will this conflict come to an end. The first scene is a contrast to the prologue because it involves fighting and sexual innuendoes. Officers break up the fight, and the Prince, representing law and order threatens to kill "if ever you disturb our streets again". In Act 1, Scene 5 Romeo meets Juliet for the first time and they fall in love. This leads to Romeo sneaking out in the middle of the night and going to visit Juliet at her house. In Act 2, Scene 3 we are introduced to Friar Lawrence who agrees to marry Romeo and Juliet, thinking that by...
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The importance of home, family and place and belonging is evident in both The Castle and Radiance, the screenplay. Both films suggest that a house is not something that can be accounted for materialistically, but something that contains irreplaceable memories of family events. While the films differ in numerous ways, they are similar in their emphasis on themes relating to a sense of belonging. Inevitably, people's memories are constantly influenced by their house. The Australian film The Castle reflects the importance of the home in Australian society. While the Working Dog film was made on a low budget, it was extremely successful because of the themes and concepts presented through its characters and situations. The primary allure of the film is its use of humour relating to the everyday, ordinary Australian family. The opening scene introduces the Kerrigan family through the youngest son Dale, and uses simple filmic techniques to set the tone for the film. The opening scene centres on a front-on image of Dale who goes on to introduce his family through a series of scenes. The main focus of the film is clearly the father, Daryl Kerrigan. Daryl is shown taking part in domestic chores and family events, as Dale affectionately describes him as the "backbone" of the family. The awkward editing and stilted camera angles used in this first scene reinforce the simplistic nature of the film and create a unique appeal to the audience. Rather than relying on filmic techniques, The Castle uses an almost "home-video" affect, attempting to give the audience a family that they can relate to. Elements of parody can be seen in the opening scene in the simplistic nature of Daryl and his family. Aspects of traditional family life, such as the dinner table, the backyard dogs and Fathers Day are over-exaggerated in...
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'The Handmaids Tale' has a complex narrative structure due to the fact that the narrator tells stories from the present, past and distant past throughout the novel. There are many scene shifts and time shifts that make the novel a difficult read. The narrators present situation and past history are gradually revealed through these shifts between time. The first chapter of the novel is used to introduce more themes that occur throughout the novel. There are many techniques that are used in the first chapter that are used throughout the book, there are also many ideas and themes that are brought up in this chapter. Atwood hints at the major themes that occur in the story and so the novel is built upon this first chapter. The time change is deliberately manipulated in the first chapter – everything in this first section, as in the rest of the book, is deliberately manipulated – and confuses the reader a little, there are changes between the distant past and the more recent past: "A balcony ran round the room, for the spectators, and I thought I could smell, faintly like an afterimage, the pungent smell of sweat, shot through with the sweet taint of chewing gum and perfume from the watching girls." However, these changes in time mean that the reader can emphasise more easily with the characters, and perhaps feel some of the confusion that the girls in the Red Centre are feeling. Atwood never reveals anything straight away, she reveals the roles of the Handmaids little by little, and she does the same with the Gileadean society. "We had flannelette sheets, like children's, and army-issue blankets, old ones that still said U.S." As you read the chapter and register the familiar things, you have an uneasy feeling that it is a future society being described to us, a world...
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As is known to all, China is a large agricultural country; Chinese agricultural population is more than 800 million. With the development of Chinese society and industry, more and more peasants leave agricultural regions for cities because there have been enough labor forces to husband the limited farmland. They have to go into cities to find work. How to treat these agricultural laborer and the problems with them to cities has become a very important social topic. Someone think that so many peasants go into cities with a rush will cause lots of problems, both to cities and agricultural regions. Of cause, they are not like the man in the state of Qi worrying in case the sky should fall. If too many agricultural laborers crowd into cities out of order, the crowed cities must become more crowed and the agricultural must go backwards for lacking of labor forces. However, in my opinion, it is a good thing to the county and society that part of Chinese agricultural could change to industry population or citizens. The crux of the matter is whether the government has abilities to deal with it. If the government could organize the rest labors from agricultural regions, help them to develop themselves and try to supply more new post for both citizens and rest labors from rural area. I'm sure these people who go into cities from rural area will propel the progress of urbanize the countryside, because part of agricultural population have changed to citizens by finding jobs in cities. Of cause, someone from rural area could get jobs in cities and someone will go back. When they go back to their home town, most of them are not rest labors any more; they open their eyes and maybe get some knowledge when they are trained in cities....
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While " A Good Man Is Hard To Find," is a story which employs the search for goodness and for individuals with ethical values, the underlying theme is that neither seem to exist in O'Connor's story. O'Connor reveals that few things, or people, are what they seem. The theme that is ultimately embraced in this story is displacement, of both religion and goodness. Most importantly, one must take into account the role of both the grandmother and the misfit. They share some of the same values although it may not be readily apparent to the reader. Throughout the story two basic themes are revealed: Displacement of goodness in religion and the fact that both the grandmother and the misfit parallel the same values. Displaced goodness in religion are exploited throughout the entire story. Indeed, the characters in the story are, on a purely surface level, displaced geographically. They are not only all from different geographical locations, but also have different beliefs. The family seems to be separated from the beginning. The grandmother, who remains nameless, is also displaced within her son's family; she is an extraneous part of the family machine. Understanding both the similarities along with the differences of these characters is crucial in the concept of the ultimate theme that displaced goodness leads to death and destruction. The grandmother is a burden and an annoyance at best. She does not want to go on the trip to begin with - "The grandmother didn't want to go to Florida" (O'Connor 1277). On a deeper level, the grandmother exhibits displaced goodness by acting kind, yet constantly criticizing (even if only mentally) those around her, including her son and daughter-in-law, who she is constantly imposing upon. "Indeed the grandmother is a constant bother to almost everyone." (Coulthard 61). There is a...
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In recent years there has been an overwhelming amount of migration to the Unites States. In these migration numbers there are children whom are entering the public schools and looking to learn English. There are various approaches to teaching English, such as immersion, remedial, enrichment, and pull out. In my paper I will discuss the enrichment model. I will be taking a look at the pros and cons and also getting a point of view from a product of the enrichment model. In the enrichment model the children are taught in two languages simultaneously, and both native and non-English speakers are included. This is a very good way to teach the children a new language, because they are all learning something that they don't know so this way they don't have to feel left out and if they say something in a funny way they wont be laughed at because all the children are in the same situation. Teaching this way is also good for the children, because they are keeping their own native languages as the primary language. Teachers in enrichment classes don't teach the traditional way, which would be directly from the book. The teachers in the enrichment classes use cooperative learning, literacy development across the curriculum. They use critical thinking and learning strategies to create a hands on learning environment for the children. In order to keep these classrooms operating the way they do, the staff/teachers go through an ongoing teacher/staff development in which the teachers/staff will share their different experiences and problems. In these sessions the teachers will offer up suggestions to the other teachers whom may be having problems in their classrooms. This kind of help makes everyone keep up the good spirits about the program and also lets the teachers feel like they can turn to...
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With the growing number of corporations taking over small businesses, and the belief that becoming a proprietor is associated with being wealthy, one must decide which type of business to become involved with. There are several differences between these two types of business. A corporation is a business organization having a continuous existence independent of its members (owners) and power and liabilities distinct from those of its members. (Schiller 32) A proprietorship is a business organization created and owned by one person, this one person is called an entrepreneur. When comparing the two one must look at the advantages and disadvantages in relation to profits and taxes, continuity, capital and management ability, and liabilities. Corporations are the largest business structure and can make billions of dollars a year. There are many expenses that corporations face and they also have to pay very high state and federal taxes. Profits do not belong only to the owner because there is not just one owner, but many owners divided amongst shares of company stock. Potential profits can be reduced because of the following expenses: paying management and employee salaries, paying for employee benefits, re-investing, and paying dividends to shareholders. Taxes also reduce the amount of profit a corporation makes. Corporations are double taxed, first on earnings from products and services sold, then again with corporate taxes posed by the state and federal government. On the other hand proprietorships are the smallest business structure and generate much less revenue. Because of the talent and risk taken on by the entrepreneurs, all profits are his of hers to keep. The government encourages new businesses so taxes are much lower than that of corporations, and also gives tax breaks to proprietors. Continuity becomes an issue when it comes time for retirement. One of the most valuable assets to a...
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Most people find actions speak louder the words, but do they really? In William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar Antony's words spoke louder then any of his actions. When he spoke at Caesar's funeral, he was able to use his emotions and beliefs to his advantage. The major theme of his speech was Brutus and Cassius. Antony wanted the crowd of Romans to know their intentions of killing Caesar. He stressed how unhonorable Brutus was in his intentions of killing Caesar. Due to Antony's persuasive speech, he was able to cause the destruction of Brutus and Cassius. By the end of Brutus's speech at Caesar's funeral, he had the crowds support. They were cheering along with him and truly felt his side. No one would have thought they would change their opinions until Antony took the podium. He stated right from the start: I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him (3.2.81). As he began talking about how honorable Brutus is, no reader would have seen this change of heart coming. He stressed Brutus being an honorable man, in a way for the crowd to see he wasn't. By using this form of reverse psychology he was able to get the crowd to really see how unhonorable Brutus was to Caesar. This led the crowd to turn against Brutus, Cassius and their partners in crime. As soon as the crowd finished listening to Antony's speech, they were enraged with the conspirators. Brutus and Cassius fled from Rome in order to protect themselves. In hiding, they camped out and their friendship slowly began to go downhill. A fight broke out between them that really tested their friendship. Here Brutus realized Cassius true intentions: The name of Cassius honors this corruption. (4.3.16). Their fight went on and included personal and political insults against...
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According to I.Halmgren, "science fictional worlds" "the distinctive feature of science fiction is in its generic license to create worlds that are other than the world we know." This statement is partly true for Phillip K Dick's novel Do androids dream of electric sheep?. However, the genre of science fiction is better described by the Oxford Concise Dictionary of Literary Terms, "Prose fiction that explores the probable outcomes of some improbable or impossible transformations of the basic human (or intelligent nonhuman) condition."(Baldick230) This essay will argue that Do Androids Dream of Electric sheep?, fits into that criteria perfectly because, although there are some new things that place the novel in the science fiction category, the world created by Dick is basically the world that we inhabit. The nova, which are the new things that are different about the world of Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep, are that it is set in the future in a decaying post-nuclear environment. Therefore there is a lot more technology. People have colonized other planets and they have hovercrafts. The most important technological difference is that now androids are so completely self-aware and similar to humans that it has become difficult to decide who is who. The people in the novel are like us except that their lives and ethics seem different because of their dystopic environment and because of the new dilemma they face concerning the ethical treatment of androids. However, the differences are only surface variations of life, as we know it in our own world. Even at face value, the world of Do Androids Dream of Electric sheep? immediately has elements that reflect our own world. For example, the main protagonist, Rick Deckard at first appears to be an ordinary man with an ordinary, stereotypical marriage and domestic life. He has regular thoughtless ideals...
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Analysis of: "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" Dylan Thomas Author Entry: Dylan Thomas was born in Wales in the year 1914. He is best known for his first three poetic works, Eighteen Poems (1934), Twenty-five Poems (1934), and The Map of Love (1939). Thomas also wrote several works that were somewhat autobiographical. He has been praised for his imagery in his writing, using vividly dreamlike representations to convey his message. During the War years, Thomas wrote several volumes through his childhood eyes, which emphasized his religious principles. Dylan Thomas passed away at the age of 39, a month after completing his last work Under Milk Wood, a vocal play. Theme: The theme of this poem involves one's attitude in old age, when they are approaching death. The message is that although death is natural and inevitable it can seduce people, making them spend their last days waiting to die rather than trying to live. Analysis: In "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night", a somber mood is reflected. The poem deals with the inevitability of death. The author is showing encouragement to his dying father (as indicated in the last stanza) to hold on to life and "not go gentle into that good night." He uses "that good night" as a metaphorical reference to death. When one wishes a person "good night" or sweet dreams they are bidding that person to a dreamland, or promised land. Thus I believe "that good night" is an allusion to heaven. The contrast between night and day is used throughout the poem with reference to life and death. This is a commonly used metaphor, with daytime and light indicating life and darkness and night representing death. The last lines in each stanza alternate between "Rage, rage against the dying of the light" and "Do not go gentle into...
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