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"Stability,' insisted the Controller, 'stability. The primal and the ultimate need. Stability. Hence all this.' All's well with the world." (BNW, page 34) Brave New World tries to achieve its motto of "community, identity and stability" by portraying a futuristic society (which could be seen as a disguised oppression) with highly contrasting views on morality to that of today's perspective of 'the natural order' of society. These contrasting views have been created through the process of genetic and engineered conditioning directed at subjugated levels of social structure, the comparison to the Reservation as well as the acknowledged and accepted use of drugs (Soma) to induce a state of 'happiness'. A major instrument of social stability used by the Brave New World is Bokanovsky's Process- a series of arrests of development to "stabilise the population" (page 5). "Predestined" embryos are concentrated to become purposeful members of society, "as future sewage workers or future Directors of Hatcheries" (page 6), developed in a matter of hours rather than months and designated a growing space until they become of adult age. While this chilling aspect is in fact a serious and important one for the Brave New World, the eugenic-style of breeding is disturbing for someone raised in today's society to comprehend. A Brave New World Controller talks of the past society (similar to the one in which we live in today) as a vile and ignorant world. The talk of motherhood and family is taboo and hardly spoken of. The multitude of religion, "their world didn't allow them to be sane, virtuous, happy." With all the diseases, pain, mother and lovers, lonely remorse and endless isolating pain, how could they be stable? The mindset of the utopian is influenced by hypnopaedia teaching (brainwashing) and mandatory attendance to community gatherings. The author bitterly satirizes totalitarian propaganda and political technique...
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added: 12/27/2011
Why did Voltaire chose to use the format of a tale to present the story of Candide, why did he chose to use a tale to present his ideas of the world, how he perceive the world as true love does not conquer and religion will not save you, more precisely to say is that true happiness of the heart can only be fulfilled when one can ignore all the worldly desires and troubles, to be totally settle down to cultivate the fulfillment in mind through simplicity? A tale by definition is a malicious story, piece of gossip, or petty complaint; a deliberate lie; a falsehood; a narrative of real or imaginary events; a story. (American heritage dictionary) These definitions seems to fit into Voltaire's idea to present Candide more like a comic story then as a real life situation, due to the fact that the characters in the story had all went through many deaths and miraculously escaped from the misfortune and came back to life. All the seemingly impossible adventures of Candide in the tale were creations of Voltaire's fantasy and thus contributed to this malicious story or so called a deliberate lie as El Dorado is only a creation in the mind. The world where Candide had lived in is only a lie and the final peace in mind and harmony which they were able to obtain can never be achieved through modern live and thus all these fancies on a perfect world of Voltaire's are just a tale to be told, or imagination went wild. The attack on optimism was vulgar, he had not missed a single chance to criticize on Pangloss's philosophy of 'all is for the good' and he was so satirical that the readers start to laugh at Pangloss's nonsense of such philosophy. "'It is...
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added: 12/23/2011
Othello How Does Shakespeare Explore Jealousy in this play? The theme of jealously is so prominent throughout Othello that it is the apocalyptic element which mutilates every essence of the milk of human kindness within it's prey; Othello, aswell as fuelling contempt for the tragedy to flow through it's damned route. The first hues of this green, self destructing passion are exemplified Roderigo's spite is unleashed from him by Iago, the ring-keeper of the play who manipulates the emotions of characters such as Roderigo, Othello and Cassio, to some extent also controlling their actions, and terminally, fate. In the first scene of act one, Shakespeare demonstrates how jealously can be channelled by the human mind into a disguise of a different feeling; Roderigo mirrors Iago's discriminative language towards Othello, by doing so his jealously for Othello over his marriage to Desdemona seeps from him in racist comments, referring to Othello as 'thicklips.' While Iago, partly thriving on the bitterness struck by Othello's appointing of Cassio to be his lieutenant, uses crude, de-humanising metaphors to describe Othello, never mentioning his name, instead denying his identity by calling him a 'Barbary horse or an 'old black ram' suggesting a perverse nature of his relationship with Desdemona. By referring to Othello as a ram, a cloaved footed animal, the implication found later on in the text when Iago mentions his suspicion amidst his obsessive twisted thoughts that Othello 'twixt my sheets he's done my office' is enriched, we begin to taste the bile from Iago's brain. For Iago's yearn to lead Othello to his death is not fuelled by jealously but by the theory of motiveless evil which can only attempt to take on jealously as concealing excuse. Drained of the milk of human kindness that partly submerges the world into a sense of morality, Iago is...
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added: 01/01/2012
At the beginning of a novel a reader needs to find out where and who the main character is and what they are doing there. You would expect to find description of their surroundings and then what is going to happen in the story. "Great expectations" does all of these in the first two chapters it firstly tells you Who the main character is and then it goes on to explain were pip is by describing his father's tombstone, "I gave Pirrip as my fathers name on authority of his tombstone". Next it goes on to say how he lives with his sister who has married a blacksmith "Mrs Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith", his sister is not known as her name but by her husbands. He next describes what he thinks his farther looked like by his tombstone, "The shape of the letters on my fathers tombstone, gave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair". He also describes his mother, "Also Georgia wife of the above, I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly." He also mentions his five brothers who had died early in their lives. Then it describes where the graveyard is and where pips house is "Ours is the marsh country, down by the river." He starts the story with a convict threatening him, instantly grabbing the attention of the reader. "Hold your noise, cried a terrible voice." He goes on from this to describe what the convict looks like, "a fearful man, all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg." He says how he looks very worn and tattered, "smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars, who limped, and shivered." He sees the convict is hungry, the...
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added: 12/11/2011
In the opening scenes of 'Educating Rita', Willy Russell tries to convey a lot about the characters of Frank and Rita, as well as interesting and entertaining the audience, while he does so. At the beginning of the opening scene, Russell confronts the audience with Frank frantically searching through a bookcase, muttering the names of canonical figures of literature. At the exclamation of 'Dickens', we assume he has found the book he is looking for, only to see him draw out a concealed bottle of whiskey and pour himself a glass. After this revelation, Russell uses the medium of a one-sided telephone conversation, with witty remarks about the cooking of 'ratatouille'. During these first few minutes the audience will have gathered a great deal about Frank, and will have experienced Frank's rather eccentric personality. From his furtive actions at the start, and the humorous phone conversation, we already know that Frank is an alcoholic, has a dysfunctional relationship, is clever, and rather dislikes his profession. We are even given supposed reasons for his alcoholism, as he seems to use it as a reason to stay away from home and his partner or wife and uses it to 'wash away' a day of teaching, and bury his problems. The entrance of Rita is the climax of the opening and a critical moment. As it is a very dramatic moment, instead of walking meekly into a room, as we would expect a student to do, she wrestles with the door handle for a while and then the door bursts open 'revealing' Rita. Immediately we are introduced to Rita's character, by the door 'revealing' Rita, it is a powerful image on the stage, by her having to really struggle to open the door, it is symbolic for her having to struggle against the constraints...
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added: 02/12/2012
The first chapter presents a very oppressive and negative view of the surroundings in which the narrator lives. A prison-like image of the scene is created through use of descriptive imagery to describe the 'Aunts' and 'Angels'. Whilst it is not clear as to the purpose of the imprisonment of these women, we are given a few clues within the first few paragraphs. This makes it a very effective opening to the novel, as it feeds the readers imagination and makes them want to read more. It also gives a good insight into the themes and genre etc. which follow in the book, enabling the reader to make predictions about the time and situation in which the narrator lives. The chapter begins with factual and imaginative descriptions of the setting. The use of past tense, 'formerly played there', creates a reminiscent and almost dreamy tone, helping the reader to picture the hall before the book's 'present' day. Although the narrator seems to describe a modern, i.e. today's society, American high school hall, we immediately assume the book must be set somewhere in the future because of the use of past tense in reference to modern images. The detailed descriptive language of such modern images helps to create this effect. Examples of such images include that of a recent-day high school prom or dance, 'dances would have been held there'. These are also portrayed to be modern day by the descriptions used, 'garlands made of tissue paper' reminds of a float, perhaps used for a prom king or queen in an American high school. Also reference to dress and style helps us to determine time of setting, 'mini skirts', 'one earring' and 'spiky green streaked hair'. All these images would not have been typical in time other than that near to present...
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added: 10/11/2011
How effectively does Owen convey the horror or war? I am going to analyse the poem 'Dulce Et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen and attempt to answer the following question: "How effectively does Owen convey the horror of war?" I believe that throughout this poem, war is described as an awful thing where everyone suffers. He manages to convey this horror well by using many different methods. The first paragraph generally sets the scene of war and the state the men are in. The men are described as 'beggars', this suggests they are living in poor conditions and in many ways are like beggars. The next line backs this up: 'Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through the sludge,', as this once again suggests they are in bad condition, and that they are having difficulty walking on the muddy ground. The poem says that many of the men had 'lost their boots' showing that they had very little during the war, and that they had to keep on going even in bad conditions. The line: 'But limped on, blood-shod.', conveys a sense of pain within the men. The word 'limped' suggests they are moving painfully and slowly, and the word 'blood-shod' simply shows they were covered with blood. The first verse on a whole suggests the men have given up all hope. The men no longer care: 'Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs', as this shows they have turned their backs on the war and the memories of death. The next line gives the impression the men are slowly nearing their death: 'And towards our distant rest began to trudge.', as if the words 'distant rest' means death. It could also simply mean the men have a long journey before they can rest again. As the men are shown to no longer care about the war, they are also shown...
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Have you ever spend a little time maintaining your car? People use their cars everyday for different purposes. Mostly they use it for travaling to places. Cars are proven to be safer and cheaper than sports bikes. Some people do not maintain their car on regular bases; those are the people who we see often on side of a road waiting for a towing truck to come. Do you have any idea on how costly can a car be? I have Nissan Maxima. I got my car when I was 17 years of age. Just after I graduated I had received my first car. I was so happy that, for a moment I felt like getting my first car was more exciting then my graduation. I also had gotten a job at Walgreen's where they paid me good enough. I started going to College of DuPage with my own car. I had seen everybody's car and also wanted my car to look like others. So, I went to paint shop and had my car painted green with brand new design. It looked really great on my car. My next stop was Auto Zone where I bought a set of neon lights for under my car. After spending all that money, my car was a charm afterwards. But my money started getting short. I stopped wasting money on my car. Afterward I only did regular maintenance on my car. For example; oil change and all the other fluids change are necessary. When I was a kid I always wanted to have a car. When I received it, it was like a dream come true. I had to start saving money for my college and pocket money and also for car maintenance. At that moment my hobby for cars kind of started to go...
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Ishmael Chambers may not be a typical hero. He is not physically heroic as for example, Carl Heine was seen as an "extraordinary specimen of manhood" by his fellow islanders. However, it remains to be discussed how far Ishmael can be perceived as the literary hero of the novel. There are reasons why Ishmael could be seen as the hero, and there are also arguments against this statement. As the reader gets a clear insight into Ishmael's thoughts and feelings, through reading about his love of Hatsue and his war experiences, the reader becomes more emotionally involved with Ishmael. He/she therefore sees how sensitive, moralistic and "decent" he is. As the novel lacks a 'true' hero, the reader may choose to interpret Ishmael as the hero due to his decency and the personal insight we get from reading about his past. When Ishmael Chambers comes across a piece of evidence that may help Kabuo he goes through an internal debate throughout the trial whether to reveal the truth and help save Hatsue's husband or keep quiet and try to get Hatsue for himself. "An enemy on an island is an enemy forever." Politeness is crucial, and ultimately the book's protagonist, Ishmael Chambers, apprehends this. He realises that he must outgrow his bitterness over losing Hatsue, and he decides, nobly, to stop hiding a piece of evidence that he knows will exonerate Miyomoto and sets his rival free. "I'll always love you. I don't care what else happens. I'm always going to love you". Despite this, Ishmael sacrifices his happiness by telling the truth concerning Heine's death. Chambers is used as a role model in this book who is willing to stand up for someone else, even if it means losing his last chance of reclaiming Hatsue as his own. This shows that Chambers has...
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The most interesting person in this play "Othello" is certainly Iago. A cruel vindictive villain filled with hatred and jealousy over people surrounding him. Iago is a character different from all the others in the play. He seems to be everyone's friend and is seen to everyone has on honest guy. Iago even says he is honest although he is not at all. "I am an honest man...." (2,3,258). Iago is a character that is utterly cynical and is not ruled by his intellect but is driven by jealousy. Iago is a very sly and is the most heinous of all characters. Any chance he gets to take advantage of someone someway he will execute it. Iago reveals himself only to the audience but he tries reveals others character to everyone. The rest of the characters only have a partial glimpse and small doubts about him. Iago disguises his characters to a certain extend therefore the audience must also interpret and judge for themselves why Iago does what he is doing. "Thus I do I ever make my fool my purse" (1,3,376). Iago telling Roderigo that he wouldn't make a profit out of a fool. Iago is showing his rudeness and ill-mannered character. Then he actually does it, keep all the jewels and money that Roderigo has given him to pass on to Desdemona to show his love. Iago just ignores it and puts all of the charms in his pocket. Iago is showing his cruelness. Iago is using jealousy to take his revenge on the moor (Othello). Since that was what he felt earlier as the moor did not vote for him. Iago describes himself best "He hath me a daily beauty in his life, that makes me ugly". Iago is ugly he is ugly as sin. The key to...
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how far is censorship beneficial to man? Censorship has been defined as 'the removal of material that is deemed or judged offensive to any sector of the population.' Many have wondered, "Just how beneficial is censorship to man, when is it enough and does it help?" It is my view however; that there is no clear answer to that question, for censorship has its fair balance of advantages and disadvantages. One advantage that most people can agree on is that censorship protects the young, the innocent and the vulnerable. It is built on the premise that we don't always know what is good for us, we don't always discern and as a result we don't always know what should be removed. For example, many movies on television are censored. However, a research study performed by the Concordia University of the United States, found that there are over one thousand images of violence on primetime television per week! People don't realize the effects of this, it's desensitizing, there is increased violence and the inability to differentiate reality from fantasy. It pollutes their mind and they eventually emulate what they see. One example that can prove this, is an incident that occurred in the year 1996 in England. Two-year-old Jamie Bulger was kidnapped by two ten year olds outside a shopping mall. They dragged him two miles on a train railway and beat and mutilated his head continuously. Upon investigation, they said that they had viewed "Child's Play II" over one hundred times and were emulating parts of the movie. This shows the influence of television and the need to protect these minds. However, while this is a valid reason for censorship, I do believe that it goes against freedom of choice. People should be able to choose what they want to view and make...
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added: 10/24/2011
By s Pascoe. This essay will discuss Romeo and Juliet, an extremely famous play by the Sixteenth Century playwright, William Shakespeare. The play introduces us to two families; the Capulets and the Montagues who are have long been sworn enemies. The first act of the play contains a claim that Capulets are better than Montagues, and with a fight between the two houses. Unfortunately, two young members of the feuding families fall in love- Juliet first sets eyes on Romeo at a Capulet party that the young Montague Romeo has sneaked into. Juliet does not care that Romeo is Montague; she says, "That which we call a Rose/ By any other word would smell as sweet" (ii.ii. 44). The youngsters marry secretly with the help of Friar Lawrence, and when Juliet is arranged to be married to somebody else, they hatch a plan to save her. Juliet drinks a poison to fake her own death and thus avoid the ceremony, but there is a flaw in her plot. Romeo (who is in exile following a fight with the Capulets) fails to receive the letter informing him that Juliet is not really dead but asleep, and so believes that she has died. When he arrives at her tomb, he sees her lying as if dead and poisons himself. When Juliet awakes and finds Romeo dead she commits suicide using his sword. On learning of their deaths, the Capulet and Montague tribes agree to reach a truce to avoid any more deaths. This is the main plot of the play but there is also many subplots and additional characters. Romeo and Juliet was advertised as a tragedy in the Shakespearian times but many disagreements go on to argue whether or not Romeo and Juliet's deaths were a tragedy or merely unfortunate. In drama, a...
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How far women both in history and in the present modern world, have achieved happiness and freedom through their success in the male-dominated world. 1.0 Introduction Carry Churchill's Top Girls is an interesting play about how women have defined their roles in a male-dominated society. We are introduced to various women who have pursued their career at the expense of a personal life. The play begins with a dinner party at a restaurant among a group of women. What is notably interesting about this group of women is that they are from different time periods and culture. Churchill does not explain how these women from the past and present are able to converse with each other but the concept of this illogical scene is soon forgotten due to the wittiness and courage shown by all these women to overcome the hardship that they endured in a world ruled by men. The women are; • Marlene : A 20th century woman who has made a successful career for herself. • Isabella Bird : Lived around the 19th century and had traveled widely. • Lady Nijo : Lived around the 13th century. She was the Japanese Emperor's courtesan, who later in her life, became a Buddhist nun. • Pope Joan : Lived around the 9th century and disguised herself as a man. Later she became the Pope. • Griselda : Lived around the 13th century and is an obedient wife who's story is told in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. • Gret : She is the subject of the Brueghel painting in which a woman in an apron and armour leads a crowd of women charging through hell and fighting the devil. In this essay, I am going to discuss how far women both in history and in the present modern world, have achieved happiness and freedom through their success in the...
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People often mistakenly see feminism as a radical idea that is the direct opposite of male chauvinism, labeling "feminists" as "malicious". John Irving's The World According to Garp is a book about feminism. Irving challenges the narrow-minded notion that feminists are man-hating females, but rather people who believe men and women should receive equal rights. Garp is a man who most definitely desires women, yet does not aimlessly follow the cycle that has seemed to follow throughout the novel as seeing women as inferior to men. In his novel, Irving, presents the struggle of seeing Garp as a feminist and the ease Jenny is accepted as one. Being raised at an all boys' school, Garp's interaction with females is limited as he grew up. Nevertheless, during this time Garp has three relationships with women: Jenny his mother, Cushie his childhood playmate, and Helen, the love of his life. Jenny is one of the most important people to him at Steering; he took all the classes she thought were essential to his education. Garp accepted this by thinking his mom was more knowledgeable of what classes he should take, since she had been attending classes at Steering for years. Garp's faith in a woman's opinion in what educational route he should take; shows that he views women as his equals, for example Garp thought he "was probably no more of a natural at intellectual pursuits than his mother, but…believed in his mother". (51) Even through society's negative thoughts of women, which pose double standards, Garp continues to see women as equal to men. He does not see a person's self worth from what is on the outside or from what people say; to him everyone has their own self worth as human beings. The reader concludes from Garp's relationship with Cushie that he...
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There have been many developments in higher education since 1992, including the rapid increase in student numbers, the introduction of tuition fees and the choice to study in different ways. These new options have been made available through new courses such as General National Vocational Qualifications (GNVQs) and the expansion of the Internet. This essay will discuss how these changes have come about and how they have affected the expectations of universities, students and employers. The essay will also look at current issues affecting higher education such as the decrease in the number of lecturers in the UK and the Government's new plan of Top Up tuition fees and what effects these might have. The essay will examine these expectations by looking at how the three groups have reacted to the changes in higher education over the last ten years and their future plans they have as a result. It will analyse university programmes, student's actions and employer's attitudes as a consequence of the various changes. In particular the essay will look at the funding of universities, especially from the students aspect in respect to tuition fees and the quality of teaching and researching. It will also examine what the three groups expect students to get out of going to university. One of the biggest developments in higher education over the last century was the rapid increase in the number of university students. From 1962 to 2001 the number of university students in the UK rose from three hundred and forty thousand to over two million, half of this increase took place in the 1990s. Tony Blair's Labour government has actively encouraged this growth, mainly by trying to get more underrepresented people into universities, as the UK economy benefits from having more skilled workers in it. At the moment 41.5% of eighteen to...
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Obsession is a state of mind that can and does affect all individuals in different approaches. It can determine the individuals way of thinking and may be demonstrated through various texts and visual communications. The texts studied, "Sleeping Dogs", an item from the stimulus booklet, the film "Shine" and two related texts, use many techniques to support and create these concepts and aspects of obsession. These techniques include analysing the obsession in relation to the characters involved, to assist with illustrating the contrasting ideas of obsession that are presented. Firstly the novel "Sleeping Dogs" by Sonya Hartnett includes many aspects relating to obsession that are created in particular scenes. The most concentrated concept of obsession throughout the novel is the family loyalty that is presented within most scenes. An example of how family loyalty is portrayed is through the technique of dialogue when Oliver says, "Some families have to stick together, forever". This quote demonstrates that the Willow family has a resilient obsession with being loyal to one another, and as a family, must strive together through life. The family's powerful ideology of being a loyal family may be shown through many techniques including dialogue to emphasise the concept of obsession. Also, "Sleeping Dogs" contributes to the essence of obsession through the use of dogs as an example of the family and how they are portrayed. The Willow family is exposed as the description of the dogs in the novel, to show their obsessions in relation to the dogs, which is presented as an extended metaphor. This may be exemplified through the statements and short sentences made by Jordan, "They're tame only when they must be. They don't like or love each other. They do things, but not for the reasons we do the same things." (Page 31) Through this technique of...
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I cannot think of a greater persecution than being subject to live life, day after day after day, as a weasel. Living out of "necessity" may prove to be a simpler task than living out of "choice," but it would be an airless and monotonous routine. I live each day in hopes that tomorrow will be different from today, in some shape or form: perhaps a friendship gained; a wish fulfilled; a new lesson learned. All of these intangible little miracles etch vital lessons and memories into the human heart; without them, the heart would cease to beat. I embrace the human ability to feel both grief and joy. My experience strengthened my own quest for life meaning: how to live. Dillard states, "A weasel doesn't 'attack' anything." If one does not "attack" life with fervor and a "fierce and pointed will," then he cannot say that he has truly lived. It is experiencing the joys, the sorrows, the laughter, and the tears- frozen moments in time- that allows us to say that we have truly lived. The death of a beloved friend and co-worker forced me to stop living like a weasel and realize that I was taking advantage of the miracle of life. At Jeremy's viewing, I stood at my pal's side, "stunned into stillness," gazing at his pale unearthly complexion. Those two baby blue eyes I was not able to see. I longed to be lost in them once more, to retrace and memorize every detail and complexity of his windows to the world. The "yank of separation" tore me in half. I took one last look at him and he vanished underneath the wild roses that adorned his casket. "The careening splash- down into real life" stirred my frozen emotions. A part of me is lost. When he...
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added: 08/18/2011
With any essay that I write, my main objective is to paint a picture with words. There are three basic guidelines that I follow in order to paint this picture. By writing down my ideas, putting my ideas together on a word processor and then going back to revise is how I compose an essay or any other written work. I feel that these guidelines are essential to a well developed essay. When I'm given a writing assignment, one of the first things that I do is focus on the subject or topic of the essay. If it's a subject that I am knowledgeable of, I would add my own input and incorporate it into my writing. And if it's not a subject that I am familiar with, I would do some type of research on the subject. One of the most important processes of my written work is the gathering of detailed ideas. When I am forming ideas about my subject for an essay, the first thing that I usually do is concentrate on what I want to write. What do I want to say to my audience? What is the purpose of my writing? I have learned that by knowing the purpose of your writing keeps you focused on it. Once I have found the answers to these questions, I try to stay focused. I gather details for my subject that will help support and develop it. I try to utilize sensory details, specific examples, facts and statistics, or incidents or anecdotes - if they are needed. The next thing that I do is figure out how do I want to say it. I'll start by writing out a few sentences about my subject and then I determine which one represents my idea most effectively. Once I have found...
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Animal Farm by George Orwell is a great tale of revolt, idealism and ultimately the corruption of power. To the casual, uninformed reader it appears to be a face value story about a group of farm animals who overthrow their farmer with the intention of establishing an ideal society, but it finally results in its descent into a situation much like the one that they were faced with at the beginning of the book. A ten year old is perfectly capable of grasping the morals and characterisation of the story, although they are blissfully unaware of its intended parallels with the Russian Revolution. On second reading an extra dimension is added as similarities in the characters in the story can be seen with the major players in the Russian Revolution itself (the pig that puts forward the idea of the revolt at the beginning of the story clearly represents Karl Marx, the brain behind communism, for example). Undoubtedly this extra knowledge widens our appreciation of the book, but has it necessarily changed its key motive or made us enjoy the book more as a result? The fact that Orwell had previously been a member of a communist party in Spain and had left on the grounds that he saw that communism could not work in practice should also change our reading of the book. With this contextual knowledge it can be seen that Orwell was writing an attack on communist ideals. But how important is the author's intention when surely the only important thing is the response of the reader? From this example it can already be seen that context in literature can have variety of effects on the reader. An appreciation of the circumstances in which events occur in a book undoubtedly makes some of the aspects of the story...
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