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Is Housekeeping a pessimistic novel? In my point of view, Housekeeping is a pessimistic novel. It is a novel written by Marilyn Robinson to inform us the poverty and the suffering of the world. As other people have argued, housekeeping is not a pessimistic novel as the negative things often turn into positive things. Although sometimes a negative thing can turn into a positive thing, we are not reading the novel for "the fun of it". It is only forced to realize that there is still beauty in the world when people have experienced or have seen the horrors in the world and have suffered in pain. It could also be read as that for every optimistic result, there are always pessimistic circumstances. Having many pessimistic scenes has made the novel pessimistic and positive things don't necessarily make it better. Many unfortunates have happened in Housekeeping and have often made it depressing for the reader to read. I have to admit; it is the first book that I have ever read that contains so many deaths and sad separations. To be honest, the question "Is Housekeeping a pessimistic novel" cannot be answered correctly. Other students have done an outstanding job with tremendous effects to analyze this question. This is just my point of view. The following is a list of things, which I find pessimistic. I have made points and quotes under each title and have explained "the society's view on transients" in detail. -How Grandfather and Helen's escaped from this world *It is sad to see that the world is so unfriendly. Instead of leaving this world, Robinson has purposely described their deaths as "escaped from this world". * "Edmund Foster…who escaped this world years before I entered." Ruth views her world as a prison. -Grandma's death, Nona and Lily's farewell *More death in the family...
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added: 12/26/2011
Many things create fear, loneliness, isolation, the supernatural, darkness. all of these things are fears of one things, the unknown. The Whole Towns Sleeping's structure is unusual in the way in which it ends abruptly leaving the story open to be finished, leaving the reader wanting more. Building up tension throughout the story and quickly dispelling it but at the end the tension is never explained away making the ending of the story hang in your mind and making you realize how involved with the story you are. The story also has an unusual twist in that the event that the whole story builds up to happens just when you think it will not. Lavinia who you are expecting to get attacked by 'the lonely one' outside in the ravine or as she is running to her house infact happens after she reaches the apparent safety other house. We start the story at her house she is safe and the moo created is of a calm relaxed safe mood. It is only as she leaves the house that we learn of 'The Lonely One' and the dangers that lie in the ravine and out in the open streets. After the rises and falls in tension including the discovery of the latest victim of the lonely one. The structures of the two texts are very different whereas one leaves the reader with full knowledge of what has happened therefore eliminating the fear "The Whole Towns Sleeping" leaves almost all mystery's unsolved and so fear is present until the end of the story right until the last word. The viewpoint of the two stories is also very important to the creation of fear. With the view of Watson we believe that we know everything but infact the reader knows very little but with the...
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Dynamic characters are an essential part of any writer's library. The author's create personalities that keep readers captivated. Also, the author's make us analyze what his purpose is of having dynamic characters in their work. Do they do this to give their work authencity or to give their play suspense and humor? Only the author knows the true answer. What I know is that dynamic characters are very important for plays. It makes the readers more interested in the story behind the play. Also, it makes us understand the attitude of the character at the beginning and end of the play. We can experience this in the plays " The Rising of the Moon" by Lady Gregory and " A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry. These are plays that use dynamic characters as main characters who make us laugh, cry, understand and sympathize with them as they go through their change from protagonist to antagonist or viceversa. The play that shows the main character's change from stubborn to considerate was " The Rising of the Moon". In this play, the Sergeant ( protagonist ) is serious and determined. He believes in law and order and has a unique way of percepting things. From this description we can say that " he is a large man with a peasant's sturdiness, similar to a large dray horse". He becomes the most interesting character in the play because we see that he needs to analize the situation as to whether he would let the criminal make his escape. But we see that as thye two men start to know each other, the Fugitive revives the Sergeant's patriotic feelings, letting the criminal escape. The Sergeant lets him go because he realizes that he could have been in the criminal's situation. There is a passage in...
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Assignment 2 How a key scene (Act 1) from the play might be staged and explaining the role of a chosen character (Birling) in the part of the play. As the curtains are drawn, the audience should immediately be able to see that the house belongs to a prosperous family. The furniture in the room would show this. It should be large, solid furniture of the time, as Priestley described it, substantial and comfortable looking however not welcoming and homelike. It should be more like a show room, a chance for the family to show their wealth with many ornaments and precious antiques on display. The dinning table should be in the centre of the stage so to dominate the room, as this is were the characters will be. The table should also be at an angle so as the characters are seated their back would not face the audience. I imagine the seating plan to be as follows; Birling would at the head of the table, Gerald would be on his right and Eric would be on his left. Before the inspector enters the room, the lighting should convey a warm and intimate atmosphere in the room, as it is a special family occasion, Priestley suggests pink light. On arrival of the inspector, there should be a fairly strong spotlight on him to create a feeling of superiority. Once the inspector has sat down the intimate lighting should fade away and become stronger since Edna had been instructed by Birling to give them more light. Also it would help create an instant change in the atmosphere from being "pink" to it being white, cold and harsh. Once the inspector arrives he would take his place directly on the left of Birling, as Eric would move down one chair away from his father. Edna should...
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Speak is structured into four narrative dialogues or "marking periods," equating the healing processes of denial, anger, grief, and acceptance as navigated by a young girl struggling to cope with rape. In the first narrative, Anderson sets up the theme by introducing Sordino as a traumatized freshman to whom something terrible has happened that she is not yet ready to face. Stress mounts and denial is apparent as Sordino laments, "I can't tell them what really happened, I can't even look at that part myself." Anxiety is further revealed with Sordino's cry, "I put my head in my hands and scream to let out the animal noise and some of that night". An encapsulated "report card", introducing a trend towards academic and psychological failing grades transitions the reader to the next phase, anger. Anderson processes anger as Sordino declares, "there is a beast in my gut… … scraping away," as she continues self-mutilation, noting "the scabs on my lips are especially gross", and considers suicide while scratching a paper clip across her wrist, drawing "windowcracks of blood". Events evolve as her grades continue a downward spiral. Grief transitions as Sordino bails from her classes ("why go to school?), is abandoned by her girlfriend (who tells her they never really were friends), gets stuck in parent-teacher conferences, and finally bottoms out with failing grades. Lastly, in the forth marking period, Sordino analyzes her experience by weighing how TV talk show would explore it ("Honey, you were raped"), accepts the fact that she was the victim, and begins to move on ("I have survived"). In lieu of a final grade summary, Anderson provides Sordino's successful mastery of her own future as she crosses into the realization that she will survive and she can grow; the process of healing now complete. Anderson, Laurie...
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To teenage girls magazines are very important along with television and the internet as it is one of the only ways that teenagers can keep up with trends, what make up to wear, who's hot and who's not. For example for the average teenager it could completely crush your "street cred" if when asked for example what you think of Justin Timberlake, and you reply "Justin Who." To not be the first to know the latest fashion craze and what music is popular can be crushing, for at the very least their self confidence. I myself am caught up in this gossiping craze for the fight for popularity. In order to keep up with the latest trends and music I started buying magazines at the tender age of 10 when everyone else started bringing them to school and I started to be left behind. Nowadays the younger generation are buying magazines much earlier, filling their impressionable minds with stereotypes. I now buy 4 magazines these being Sugar, Sneak, J17 and More. I have to limit myself to these of I'd end up buying them all. This little lot can cost me £10 a month, that's £520 a year and for some who can buy over 10 magazines it will cost them a lot more. In my study I will be focusing on J17-£2-Monthly and Sugar-£2.10-monthly. As I found that these were the most popular. Content In J17 there main focuses are on Boys, Make up, hair styling and Pop music. In Sugar their main focuses are on Boys, Make up, hair styling and Pop music. To an outsider i.e. and adult of a male this would lead them to believe that all teenage girls only think about these things. My brother for example thinks that my mine works the same as his 18 yr...
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In this essay I will be look at two different poems and what image they make of London, and their views. Wordsworth has written his poem 'Composed Upon Westminster Bridge' in a sonnet form, which is usually only used for poems about love, this implies that Wordsworth's poem will be about how much he likes London. Blake has written his poem in quatrain verse, which at the time was the most common type of style for writing poems. Blake describes London as being controlled and restricted, we know this because in the first line of his poem he writes "I wander thro' each charter'd street". I believe that by describing the streets as charted he is saying that they are being controlled, like streets on maps are charted. He also describes nature (which to a romantic poet is very important) as being controlled. He says this in line two of his poem "Near where the chater'd Thames does flow". Rivers are usually viewed as powerful, uncontrollable forces of nature. Wordsworth views the river as a free, peaceful symbol of freedom in London. This can be shown in line 12 where he writes, "The River glideth at this own sweet will." William Blake views the people as sad, downtrodden and without hope, this can be seen in lives three and four where he writes: "And mark in every face I meet, Marks of weakness, marks of woe" (London, lines 3-4) this implies that the people of London are unhappy and not free. Another example of them not being free and restricted is in lines seven and eight where he writes: "In every voice, in every ban, The mind-forg'd manacles I hear" (London, lines 7-8) This shows that he believes the people are being controlled and restricted by themselves and are not free, I believe this because he uses the word ban, bans are...
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Evaluation and Essay 2. My chosen genre for my piece of writing was a diary of my two week holiday in Corfu – Greece; I detailed my perceptions and experiences for each day throughout my vacation. The decision to create this form of written work was not reached easily. I was daunted by the fact that I was required to write a written piece of any genre without any specifications. I have never been the creative type and thus the notion of creating a fictional piece was out of the question. I tried to concentrate on what I knew about writing, but I had writer's block, I was unable to conjure up any ideas. Throughout my academic career I have written many essays but the forum for my writing had always had a starting point – a question or idea at least. I made the decision that I needed to write about something of which I had experience of; Parker (1993) argues that when one has some concrete notion or personal experience of a topic a written piece is more easily produced. I finally settled on the decision to produce a diary, I was able to mould, detail and express my own personal experiences through written language. Each evening on my holiday I settled down to recall my thoughts, feelings and events of the day; I was in a quiet place with no distractions. The time I dedicated to writing in my diary varied, eventful days resulted in more time being spent recounting what had happened whilst those days where little occurred could only result in a lesser input from my part. The planning that I undertook to produce my diary did not take the conventional form that one uses to produce a written text such as a story, essay or persuasive argument,...
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Mark Herman's Little Voice and Tennessee Williams Glass Menagerie are very similar, in many ways yet the two also have their many differences. In both stories, the girl, Laura or LV is searching for freedom, and they live in a one-parent family where the dad either died or ran off a long time ago. The Glass Menagerie is set in America in the 1940's-1950's. The Wingfield family consists of Amanda: Amanda is physically small, full of life, but grasping for another era of gentility or civility that no longer exists, however is also admirable, pitiable and laughable at the same time; Laura is the daughter of Amanda and the brother of tom. She is crippled and walks with a limp and a brace. Laura has retreated into her own fragile world that centers around her collection of glass figurines; Tom is an aspiring poet, and works at the warehouse to support his sister and mother. He can't take much more of the numbing life he now leads; he plans to make an escape. The Glass Menagerie is a memory play. Tom is the narrator and it is through his memory that we gain access to the action of the play. He is a struggling poet, working miserably at the shoe warehouse to support his mother (Amanda) and sister (Laura). The father ran away years ago and except for one postcard, he was never heard from again. The family situation is like a time bomb waiting to go off. Laura is a bashful, modest and reserved creature who has retreated from her world into a world or her own making: a collection of glass animals. Amanda is a woman grasping desperately for the elegant fashion of her youth, now non-existent. Although she wants the best for her children, her nagging and intervention are overwhelming....
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Composers express their beliefs about consumerism in many ways, mediums and styles, due to its power of influence over the majority of the civilization. Bruce Dawe communicates his views and believes through the medium of poems to emphasise the grave reality of consumerism overtaking our social, ethical and moral issues of our culture. His cynical views are brought forward using numerous poetic techniques some being, figurative language, caricature, imagery and epigraph these clearly outline his way of thinking concerning this topic. Such as in the poem 'Enter without so much as knocking' by Dawe, the responders clearly see his incite through the many techniques used by him. Similarly in Breakthrough most his main ideas remain unchanged while new ones are brought out. Dawe incorporates many of his beliefs and ideas into 'Enter without so much as knocking.' In this poem Dawe talks about a child being born into our consumerist crazed society. Since this is a sequential life poem, we see when he was born and the first thing he heard was Bobby Dazzler. Next see the child as when was young and how he noticed nothing but the stars rather than the driven movie he was watching with his family and was swept off into another realm where consumerism did not dominate. But as time went on he matured, and soon became a part of our "money-hungry back-stabbing miserable so and so" society. Finally Dawe presents us with his unexpected death due to a car accident. Dawe makes a very satirical remark "even adding a healthy tan he'd never had"; this meaning consumerism plays a roll even during the recent time your death. At the end Dawe finishes of by "no parking tickets, no taximeter" "six feet underground nobody interested." By this he means the only know way to escape...
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The development of Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's characters is a strong form and plays a huge role in the story but the way they are created seems plausible as one seems to be the more dominant than the other and vice versa. The story is supposed to be a stereotypical, a reactionary of the medieval times where men would have the dominant role over women. In this case, it seems to be true in the beginning and as it proceeds through the story. But somehow, it switches and the turning point would be established there when Macbeth becomes independent and takes all matter into his own hands leaving Lady Macbeth stranded, as these two very important characters develop throughout the whole story. The way Macbeth is developed is dependent on Lady Macbeth influences and how he reacts to it. At the beginning of the story, Macbeth is described to be brave, 'For Brave Macbeth-well he deserves that name'. And how he fought courageously to help win the battle, 'Confronted him with self-comparisons, Point against point, rebellious arm against arm, curbing his lavish spirit. And to conclude, the victory fell on us'. This best describes him as a noble warrior and a loyal subject to Duncan, king of Scotland. He remains to be what has been described of him but when he encounters the witches, his characteristics begin to change. This encounter with the witches when they spoke of the prophecies that will happen to Macbeth and this triggers the bad side of him, which begins to develop slowly. At first he is stunned to silence when he heard the witches and Ross later hailed him 'thane of Cawdor' which suggest he is stunned by his good fortune. But soon he accepts this, 'Glamis, and Thane of Cawdor: The greatest is behind'....
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Emily Bronte published Wuthering Heights in the Victorian year of 1847. Emily Bronte has used Wuthering Heights and Thruscross Grange to depict isolation and separation along the four miles of moorland. This classic novel uses nature and culture to affect the characters decisions through out the story. In the Victorian era, it was socially acceptable to take young people off the street and into peoples homes to either clean the house, or to complete a family. In rare occasions, it was also not unheard of to marry other members of your own family. Immigrants would travel from Ireland to the mainland because of the potato famine, and at this time, the industrial revolution was at its highest, although the potato famine subject was not mentioned in Wuthering Heights. Some of these cases we can relate to, such as immigrants trying to claim asylum in the UK, but issues such as the industrial revolution, you wouldn't find anymore. Heathcliff is the main character of Wuthering Heights around whom the story is woven. He was orphaned as a child and brought from the city of Liverpool to the bleak North English moors by Mr. Earns75 haw. The one love of his life was Catherine Earnshaw and although they agreed that they were soul mates, Catherine wished to improve herself socially, and married Edgar Linton. As a result of this betrayal, Heathcliff spends approximately 3 years of his life seeking revenge on those that have wronged him, by proving that he can actually be sophisticated and intelligent. As a child, Catherine Earnshaw was wild and determined to get everything she wants. Although Catherine only loves Heathcliff, she has a choice between him and Edgar Linton, as he too loves her. She chooses Edgar because of his money and social class, but ends up hurting both him and...
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ESOL is English for Speakers of Other Languages. English is the most internationally known language in this world. There are of course a lot of different ways in which people can adopt in order to learn ESOL. In this essay, we are going to look into some different approaches that can be taken. Those approaches include the behavioural, cognitive, affective and communicative views of learning. The behavioural view is an approach that is practised in the psychology field. It is mainly habit formation, which simply means acquiring new habits for the learners so that they will keep practising the language. According to Skinner, "special techniques have been designed to arrange what are called 'contingencies of reinforcement' – the relations which prevail between behaviour on one hand and the consequences on the other – with the result that a much more effective control of behaviour has been achieved". (Entwistle&Houdsell, 1977:27) There is obviously a sense of repetition in this approach. This method is acceptable in the sense that being reminded of their lessons is indeed essential to help the learners understand more of the language and hence they can easily use the knowledge in their everyday life. Once the particular type of reinforcement has been arranged, techniques are used to shape up the behaviour of students. This is seen as necessary because using a language is not about using one point at any given time, but may points at the same time. The next set of principles that can be adopted is the cognitive principle. This approach involves the thinking and conscious mind, which relates to mental and intellectual functions. In Ausubel's theory of assimilation, "meaningful learning occurs only if the material is presented in a way which is itself potentially meaningful, and if students adopts a meaningful learning set and has the...
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Romeo: Throughout the play, Romeo changes a lot. At the beginning, he has a crush on Rosaline and mistakes it for love. When speaking about Rosaline, he uses many paradoxes (contradictions), such as heavy lightness, bright smoke, cold fire, and sick health. Also, brawling love and loving hate. He seems to be confused about what he's feeling but still believes its love. When he meets Juliet, his speaking becomes less complicated. For example, "It is my lady, O, it is my love. O that she knew she were." When he sees her on the balcony, he sees Juliet as the sun, and claims that the moon is envious of Juliet. The moon is the traditional symbol for a woman's beauty and purity. When compared to Romeo's earlier speech about Rosaline, Romeo's tribute to Juliet takes on even more significance. When he speaks about Rosaline, he says she has vowed to live chaste, and Romeo believes that in that chaste, her beauty is lost to "all posterity" (1.1.217). When he describes Juliet as the sun, he suggests something much more powerful: 'the eternal source of light and life-giving force of the heavens'. Juliet's warmth and beauty will live forever and don't depend on Romeo's perceptions to be real. She exists without Romeo, and when Romeo thinks of Juliet, he dwells on her and not on what she will do for him. When he kills Tybalt, he doesn't care about the fact that he has killed a man, he cares that he has been banished. His utmost concern is for himself, and what he'll miss when he leaves Verona. However, when he kills Paris near the end of the play, he did not do it for revenge, but simply because Paris was barring him from entering the tomb. Romeo felt bad about that, and so did what Paris asked...
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How do the writers of "the Cone", The Red Room" and "The Man with the Twisted Lip, create atmosphere, tension and suspense? In this piece of course work I will be looking at how the writers of three short stories create atmosphere, tension and suspense, through the choice of setting, the role of the narrator, how the other characters are used, how the stories are structured, the use of language, your own response to the stories. I will be looking at "The Cone" and "The Red Room" by H.G Wells, and "The Man with the Twisted Lip" By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In "The Red Room" Wells uses mans fear of darkness to his advantage "even with seven candles the place was merely dim" (pg7), Wells knows that most people are afraid of the dark and so he knows that the reader can relate to the characters when the become afraid of the darkness, this builds up tension with the reader as they can relate to what is happening. This is the only story out of all three that is set in a secluded place "Lorraine Castle" (pg5) In history castles have been the settings of many horror stories and having his book set in a castle instantly creates a sense tension and atmosphere as the reader knows that a castles are already scary places. This is in contrast to the other two stories as they are both set in outside areas or move between different areas. "The Man with the Twisted Lip" is set in London but in two contrasting parts the respectable area of "Lee" (pg8) and the crime infested East end where the docks are situated. This contrast creates an atmosphere as the reader is kept wondering what will happen next? Doyle uses human fears to his advantage just like...
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Child profile on Reece Name: Reece Date of Birth: 25.02.2001 Age: 2 years and 6months Gender: male Type of family: Reece lives at home with a nuclear family; this includes his parents, 2 brothers and sister. Reece is the youngest in the family. Both parents and siblings spoil Reece, he is very close to his family as he spends lots of time with them. Extended family moved away but visit regularly. Siblings: 2 brothers aged 17 and 19 and a sister aged 15. Type of house: Reece lives in a semi-detached house with a large back garden with loads of room to play in. Area of lively hood: Reece lives in between 2 villages, which both have parks for him to play in and it's also a short work into the town. Play areas within the home: Reece gets to play everywhere down stairs but he is not allowed upstairs as the siblings don't like him in their rooms as he could get hold of something he shouldn't get hold of. He is allowed in the kitchen if he wants a drink or food from the fridge or cupboards. Daily routine: Reece doesn't really have a daily routine, but he does go swimming once a week at 11.30am till 12.30pm and then goes out to lunch in to the local town Windsor. Likes and Dislikes: Reece likes to play with his dogs and his toys. He really likes to play golf, football and basketball. He likes to watch TV and films, his favourite films include animals and monsters. Hobbies: Reece's hobbies are playing games with and without his siblings. He likes to play football, golf and basketball. Personality: Reece is very talkative, easy going, independent, loud, argumentative, very forward for his age, good manners and mischievous and curious. Primary career: mother during the day and father during the night. Parents go to work: mother works from home...
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The Commander is one of, if not the most significant male character in the novel and his character is used to present the contrasts of the lives of a woman – Offred – and a man in the Gileadean society. The Commander is not properly introduced in the novel until page 97 and even in this chapter, we still find out very little about his character. We establish that he is a figure of authority by the fact that everyone in the household gathers once a week at a specific time to hear him read from the bible. When he enters the room that is 'supposed to be Serena Joy's territory' he is 'supposed to ask permission to enter it' but he doesn't. This was probably done intentionally by Atwood to show that he is the head of the household and even has power and authority over his wife. Offred seems to notice that he is trying to establish his authority when she says: 'Maybe he's just forgotten the protocol, but maybe it's deliberate.' She compares him to a 'museum guard' and a 'bank president' both people who hold authority, she makes this comparison simply on the grounds that he is wearing a suit. I find it particularly interesting that when Offred describes the Commander not only is it obvious that she doesn't know him because she is only describing his physical features 'neatly brushed silver hair' but that she makes judgements about his character very quickly. 'He manages to appear puzzled…as if we are something he inherited…and he hasn't figured out what to do with us. What we are worth.' 'Now he looks like a shoemaker in an old fairytale book. Is there no end to his disguises, of benevolence' From this it is quite obvious that although she hardly knows him, she has begun to...
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Introduction. Moulin Rouge, the Red Windmill situated in Montmartre, Paris, was recreated by Baz Luhrmann who inevitably made it astonishing for all in many different ways. The director creates an accurate, historical account of the Moulin Rouge at the turn of the century, from the 19th century to the 20th century. Many people quickly welcomed the base lines of the Moulin Rouge. The public had discovered a new dance with rhythm and proposition through the Moulin Rouge, and this was the French Cancan. It came to the public through the Chahuteuses who were the unruly girls. What with its boisterous rhythm and shocking costume designs along with the dance routines, the Moulin Rouge had become quite famous. These dancers who were seen to have elasticity in them because of the way their legs were launched in and out of the air. 'Moulin Rouge' a musical fantasy is set in a notorious, but glamorous nightclub in Paris, one of which everyone would dream to be set in. The director Baz Luhrman devised and utilised a method known as the Red Curtain style in the making of this film. The techniques used in this film were very evident in the opening scenes of the Moulin Rouge. The Red Curtain style at the opening of the film indicates it is a typical Hollywood film, with its one main aim to promote the audience's participation. The story line is very thin, but not as simple as you would have presumed. It is about a writer called Christian who searches the Moulin Rouge to fall in love for the first time, and does so with a courtesan named Satine. Baz Luhrman created the background, ideas, emotions, and priorities of the characters just as they were in the real world Moulin Rouge. It was as if by magic you escaped...
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In this essay I plan to explain all the presentational devices used in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet. Film makers use presentational device to give the audience ideas about the characters' background and personalities. Presentational devices include many things which include framing, location, camera angles and movement, lighting, colour, music, sound effects, costume and make up and editing. The main body of this essay will concentrate on presentational devices in the opening scene of Romeo and Juliette to reveal the qualities of the rival Capulet and Montague gangs. This film is set in Verona beach in New York USA which has roughly the same name as Fair Verona which is the setting in Shakespeare's version. When the first scene opens, we see a yellow open top car which shows life and loudness. Inside the car there are three boys, not men, this is emphasised when the music turns to 'the boys the boys' which gives us a clear idea of these people. Their clothing is very casual, they are wearing Hawaiian shirts. Their noise is very loud however not aggressive, they are obviously out for a play around. They are shouting out statements which are biased towards the Montagues. We know for sure that these are Montagues because their number plate on their car is 'MON 05' The music in the background is very upbeat which again shows that these 'boys' are childish. At the petrol station there is a sign above which says ' add fuel to your fire' which happens later in the scene. As they get to the Petrol station and one of them, which happens to be Romeo's cousin and seems to be the leader of this 3 person 'gang' goes into the petrol station. A very flash car with body kits pulls up the main things you...
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In the first movement of 'Wuthering Heights', Emily Bronte develops an intense atmosphere that is initiated in the very first chapter, and carried on throughout the novel. She develops these ideas, and uses the moors, the weather, the two houses, Wuthering Heights and Thrushcross Grange, and the inhabitants of the houses to do this. Changes occur in the atmosphere, through changes in the physical nature of the novel, and the vivid depiction of anger, hatred and jealousy is only increased as the novel goes on, and the atmosphere builds up. Through Bronte's way of accomplishing this, she puts forward a very suitable and accurate background from which the rest of the novel can flourish. During Emily Bronte's life, it was almost unheard of for this kind of intense, passionate writing to come from anyone, let alone a woman, and this secrecy, this façade that Bronte had to hide behind, a male pseudonym, makes the extreme concealment and the hidden emotions come across even more explicitly. Bronte was also a Rector's daughter, making it even more bizarre that this story could be based on such raw emotion, and is so rough around the edges, though in all societies there has to be an exception, a rebel, someone who will insist on doing things differently, and Emily Bronte is definitely a prime example of this. Lastly, the Yorkshire moors in which Bronte lived were a heavy influence on the novel, 'Wuthering Heights', and through this story Bronte found a powerful way to feed her emotions into the un-accepting society of the 19th century. First impressions of a book are a necessarily important way of getting the reader hooked on a novel, and even before the reader picks up the book, from the title itself we are instantly given an atmospheric picture in our minds,...
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