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Shylock in the Merchant of Venice – Sample 2520 words

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J. R Brown writes in his introduction to “The Merchant of Venice” that as modern readers we “carry our knowledge of the holocaust throughout the text. ” Due to the atrocities of the Nazi regime, modern readers are quick to sympathise with the play’s Jewish character Shylock and pity his isolation and rejection by Christian […]

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Romeo and Juliet (#19) – Sample 1717 words

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The soliloquy is an important dramatic device which allows a character in a play to ‘step-out’ of the main action and engage directly with the audience, as if in a one to one confession about their thoughts and feelings, motives and decisions. As seen in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and ‘Othello’ the convention is a forceful […]

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Response Journal for “Boys and Girls” by Alice Munro – Sample 1252 words

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Alice Munro’s “Boys and Girls” tries to view a young girl’s rite of passage into womanhood, through a limited feminist perspective. The narrator battles with conformity on a 1940’s Canadian Fox Farm. As this time period was still centred on male dominance, her desire to become a powerful woman wastes away when she finally submits […]

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Protofeminism in The Scarlet Letter – Sample 599 words

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In the eyes of some, The Scarlet Letter may seem like a protofeminist novel. In the eyes of some, had Hester been a man, her punishment would not have been nearly as embarrassing and deceitful. In the eyes of some, Hester did nothing but the right thing based on her trying to protect other women […]

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Pride and Prejudice Personal Response – Sample 349 words

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Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, is a great representation of how life in the 1800s would have been. Placement in society played a major role and most of her characters only did what society permitted them to do. The people who you were surrounded around either broke you or made you an influence on […]

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“Patriotism by Yukio Mishima – Sample 1027 words

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Many people consider suicide a moral wrong or cowardly in that it is taking the easy way out of a tough situation. And, by our modern standards, that is typically the case. But, in the case of the story, “Patriotism,” written by Yukio Mishima, the suicide Lieutenant Shinji and his wife Reiko committed was the […]

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