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Science Fiction and Fantasy Essay Science Fantasy -Fantasy is the discovery of the real world within the unreal, the credible within the incredible, it constructs new futures for the exploration of the great complexities of human existence, life, love, death and morality. Ursaula K.LeGuin Science fantasy is no doubt "the discovery of the real world within the unreal, the credible within the incredible, it ……." as quoted above by Ursaula K.LeGuin. We can clearly experience these concepts in Sara Douglass's "Battle Axe". Sara Douglass takes us on a magical journey though the created and magnificent lands of Achar (Tencedor), though this journey we experience the thrills of discovering a new world, a world complicated by wars, race differences, life, love, religion, survival and so much more. It is a hard book to put down once picked up. The creation of a real world within the unreal is evident before you even read one word of the story. There is a map of the world, on which the story is based, the features on the map (islands, hills, mountains, rivers, cities etc) in this unreal world are familiar to us, and therefore it does not alienate us from the unreal world that Sara Douglass has created. This world has a medieval feel to it with the clothing of the people, weapons being axes, swords, arrows, etc but with a twist of magic and enchantments. The Acharites people in the story are very much like people in our world in the medieval times. Though this technique of using combination of scenery and characters who feel: love, hate, hardships and more, it makes us believe in the people and the unreal world that has been made and makes us want to explore the part of the world that is not familiar to us, so we can relate to...
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In the Short Story "Two Friends" the climax is to a great extent effective. This short story is about two Frenchman who decided to go fishing. The 2 friends were then caught by the Germans who wanted to get the password to enter France. At this moment the climax occurs. It is effective because it is unexpected, fills the reader with suspense, and makes the reader have particular feelings when the conflict is resolved. First of all, the climax was a surprise for the readers because the two friends wee just fishing, and then suddenly have to choose to die or give the password. This creates suspense; the reader wants to know if the two friends will give the password. The reader also wonders what would happen if they do not. The conflict is resolved when the two of them choose to die. It reveals the theme of the story; loyalty to country, friend, and themselves. The climax is striking because the reader feels sad for the French man, angry about the war, but proud because there are such people. In conclusion, the climax of the short story "two friends" is very effective because a enjoyable fishing trip turned out to be unexpected, full of suspenseful and made the reader wonder about more issues. Two Friends is also very much of suspense and the wonder of the fishing trip is very unexpected. The climax is striking because the reader feels sad for the French man, angry about the war, but proud because there are such people....
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Essay Question: The situation, the characters, the capacity of the play to keep one guessing and the use of the vernacular are qualities which make 'Summer of the Seventeenth Doll' more than an ordinary play. Discuss. An extraordinary play is where the play, via the actors, exchanges something and leaves and impression on the audience. 'Summer of the Seventeenth Doll' written by Ray Lawler tells about the struggle of how a group of midddle-aged adults, living in the '50s, have to cope with the realization that their youth is over, aging is inevitable and change is a season in life. It is written in a very austere, yet simple manner, truly mirroring the openness of the Australian character. Lawler cleverly combines the different qualities including written textual features such as the situation, the characters and the use of the vernacular to deepen the capacity of the play. Lawler uses all these qualities to force the audience to repond, to keep guessing, to tease their expectations and emotions. In this way, 'Summer of the Seventeenth Doll' is more than an ordinary play. The situation that the play is balanced on, is vital in keeping the audience guessing and clinging to the edge of their seats. 'Summer of the Seventeenth Doll' does not have a tranquil or calmness of atmosphere. It is always changing and brewing, even from the beginning, when Pearl who is 'the outsider', replaces Nancy. Slowly, conflicting situations--differing opinions, conflicting outlooks, arguments, fights, twisted emotions--within the play emerge and grow between the various characters. The situation is easy for the audience to relate to as it is totally relevant to the Australian lifestyle and background. It keeps the audience intense, waiting for the ever-building climax where all pretended gaiety and pride is stripped away, leaving emotions raw. It keeps the audience...
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Question- Films sometimes defy classification as 'documentary' or 'feature film': some documentaries use techniques derived from feature film and some feature films use techniques drawn from documentary. Discuss how and for what purposes, at least one feature film uses techniques of documentary to create parcticular effects. In the feature film The Truman Show there were certain techniques which were drawn from documentary and used in the feature film to create a parcticular effect.The Truman Show is a story about a man who has grown up his whole life in the spotlight- (he has been a star since the day he was born after being adopted especially for the film, although he never knew it) and when Truman (the main character) finds out his whole life has been a setup, he desperately wants to escape.He doesn't want his life to be a stage show anymore. By using techniques such as characterisation (protagonist and antagonist) and music, these techniques which are also drawn from documentary film were able to create a parcticular effect on the viewer- it made the movie not only seem more interesting( by creating emotion etc), but also made the audience determine who the good and bad characters were and therefore enjoy the film more- (it allowed them to determine the sympathetic and unsympathetic characters). Music was one of the techniques used in The Truman Show which was drawn from documentary to create a particular effect.Music in documentary films is used to create mood and emotion- for example if a suspensful moment was going to come up, there would be use of eerie music to add to the effect of increasing the audience's suspicion.This technique is also present in The Truman Show and is used for the exact same purpose- for example, when Truman and his "best friend" are sitting on the bridge talking about how long they have known each other etc and how they would never lie to one another, there...
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How has the composer of the contemporary text used the earlier text to say something new? The text Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard can be seen as being a derivative text of Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. The two text share similar themes and tone, and the plot of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead revolves around two minor characters from Hamlet. There is however a sense of transformation involved; Stoppard has, in a sense, expanded and further explored the issues involved in Hamlet. Hamlet can be seen as being the inspiration behind Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. The similarities in theme and tone spring mostly from Stoppard's use of the discussion of death, his portrayal of appearance versus reality and his interpretation of fate and destiny. These themes are discussed in much the same way as in Hamlet, with Stoppard adding originality to the text, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. The different themes are explored and examined through the plots of both texts, and the different characters are used to ask questions pertaining to the meaning of human existence and concerning life after death. The two plays are able to be examined in concurrence for the simple reason that their themes, tone and techniques are so similar. By using Hamlet as a starting point for Rosencrantz and njunction with one another. Death is indeed a theme that is prevalent throughout both texts. In Hamlet death is discussed with reference to murder, suicide and accidental death. Old Hamlet, Polonius, Gertrude, Claudius, young Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern all meet their deaths at the instigation of another character with Ophelia being the only character to die accidentally or unintentionally. Death is discussed in the form of suicide by Hamlet, "O that this too, too solid flesh would melt" (Act 1, Scene 2), after his...
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The film 'What's Eating Gilbert Grape' encompasses many issues that answer that question. There are countless issues that bother Gilbert in the film which are hassling him and are hindering him from living a 'normal' life. Issues such as the amount of responsibility he has, the fact that he can't leave Endora, his relationships with Becky and his affair with Mrs Carver are all frustrating and obstructing him from moving on. Gilbert has the responsibility of looking after Arnie, as he is mentally handicapped. He looks after Arnie because he is his brother ad also he feels that he is responsible for what happens to his family members. Arnies dependence on Gilbert and his frustrating behaviour really gets to Gilbert at times and Gilbert is forced to care for him as his mother is unfit for parenting. This is also another issue for Gilbert. He is embarrassed by his mother, Bonnie, because of her size. This is evident throughout the film. Because of her obesity she is house bound and Gilbert is forced to act the father figure, which adds to his responsibility. He is the only one who has a job and has to provide an income to support his whole family, which doesn't leave much for him. He is seen throughout the film as the parental figure where all of the family members depend on him and he also has to act as the man of the house by organising the repair of the house and things like that. Gilbert can't leave Endora because he has too much to look after, like his family and his house. He is not stopped physically from leaving Endora but he feels he has too much responsibility and just can't leave it all behind. This leads me to Becky. Throughout the film her character tries to...
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The Great Santini –1- The Great Santini The Great Santini is a very powerful, gut-wrenching movie which portrays the life of a martinetish Marine, Bull Meechum and his family. The self- proclaimed Great Santini and his wife, Lillian have four children Ben, Mary Anne, Karen and Matthew. Bull's position as a Marine pilot has resulted in a numerous variety of relocations, and hardships on his family. The school-aged children are all searching for an identity for themselves while simultaneously learning where they fit in the family dynamic. The Meechum family is similar to many other families in a limited number of ways. The siblings often tease and bicker with each other naturally, while every member of the family shows the utmost respect for Bull and his position in the family. Although the family demonstrates characteristics of a "normal" family in some aspects, much of their behavior represents dysfunction. The actions and beliefs of this family maintain the levels of dysfunction in a vast number of ways. Primarily, it is revealed that everyone in the family is afraid of Bull in one way or another, and the respect that is shown to him is a result of his position in the military and not due to their love for their father's personal qualities. It might be suggested that Bull is more of a military officer than a father figure or a loving husband. This can be demonstrated in his effort to physically abuse his wife for questioning him. Further dysfunction is represented when Lillian comes to the defense of Bull, claiming that harsh words never hurt anyone. The Great Santini –2- Ben's position of the oldest son leads him to receive the prime attention of his father in most instances. Bull expects Ben to strive to be just like him, and uphold the same interests as his...
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ENGLISH ESSAY – discuss the changes taken place throughout Josie's relationships with people by the end of her HSC year The changes taken place throughout Josie's relationships with people by the end of her HSC year has changed dramatically. Her relationship with her Nonna, Michael Andretti and her social school relationships with the girls from St Martha's slowly changes as she starts to mature and realise that she needs to open up her heart and accept who she really is, and to understand other people instead of blocking people that are different to her off her world, which stops her from realizing that she is already widely accepted by the rich snobs in St. Martha. At the end of her HSC year, her relationship with Michael Andretti changes Josie's and everyone's view of her illegitimacy. In the beginning of the book, she is furious at him for how he wrecked Christina's and Josie's life, dreams and socializing. Christina was kicked out of the house when she was pregnant and her dreams of being an artist was flushed down the drain when she was pregnant with Josie. For Josie, she had been teased by and talked about her illegitimacy when Michael wasn't in Sydney. "For him to actually exist was mind boggling. Sometimes I think his a myth.?Chapter1 pg15. "I don't care about him I wouldn't care if he was sitting in this room with us now. I'd look straight through him. We don't need him.?Chapter1 pg16. Although Josie feels this way in the beginning, she ends up meeting Michael Andretti and her hatred towards him changes to nervous and excited at the fact she is meeting him. "I felt sick at the idea of meeting him, though at the same time I desperately wanted to.?Chapter2 pg 18. "He's a barrister and although I didn't...
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A man for all seasons:Prompt: Sir Thomas More may have an adamantine sense of his own self, but he is clearly a naïve individual who underestimates his enemies. He places too much faith in the law, and ultimately betrays his family, his country and his Prompt: Sir Thomas More may have an adamantine sense of his own self, but he is clearly a naïve individual who underestimates his enemies. He places too much faith in the law, and ultimately betrays his family, his country and his monarch. Do you agree? Sir Thomas More may have an 'adamantine sense of his own self', but he is clearly a naïve individual who placed too much faith in the law, and underestimated his enemies. As his belief of his own self was tested, More put aside his family, his country, and his monarch, ultimately betraying them. Being the top lawyer in the country, More had a complex understanding of the machinery that operates the law. His outstanding belief in the law being a 'causeway upon which so long as he keeps to it' he may 'walk safely' dictated to him that he had done nothing wrong in keeping silent, for 'silence gives consent'. 'In the thickets of law', More was a forester, and this confidence backed up the previous argument of silence. His naivety in believing the law is also expressed in his conversation with Alice. He refers to his silence as a 'lifeline' which he didn't 'have to use, but it was comforting to have'. More's silence over the King's divorce had branded him a traitor, but infact his belief in God had overridden the King. A central theme in 'A man for all seasons', Chapuys states that 'no man can work for two masters'. Remove More's understanding of the intricate processes of law, his status...
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ENGLISH ESSAY FORM IV The Catcher in the Rye "Holden's problem is not himself but other people". Discuss with close reference to the novel. Holden's problem is exposed, aggravated and made worse by other people's influences and misunderstandings. Holden, in general, is a misunderstood teenage boy. The most defining point in his life has been the death of his younger brother Allie, and he has never quite recovered from this event. In turn taking away his motivation leading to his cynical attitude towards society and the people outside his family. He becomes jealous of other boys his age who he assumes have never had to go through what he has had to. These combined factors lead to his profound insecurity within himself and his sentimental feelings towards his happier past, shown in his reminiscence of the museum during his childhood. Holden's problem is a mixture of his own character flaws and those of his society to boys of his age in the 1940s era. Holden Caulfield has been exposed to a very tough environment that other seventeen-year-olds could never imagine. Allie's death took away Holden's faith in his own life. However rather than this motivating him, it gradually led to his depression. Allie played a major role in Holden's character even after death, in being one of the few people he could turn to. Towards the end of the novel when Holden is at his most fragile, emotionally, he talks to Allie to help him through. "…I'd make believe I was talking to my brother Allie. I'd say to him, 'Allie, don't let me disappear. Allie, don't let me disappear. Allie, don't let me disappear. Please, Allie.' And then…I'd thank him." The distinct cynical attitude of Holden's is formed when he is made an outcast at school, although this is only by isolating himself subconsciously....
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