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The masculine world of Shakespearean drama

Torvald refers to Nora as “my little squirrel” and “my little spendthrift”. By using this language he is therefore defining her as irresponsible and perhaps even an indulged child. When Nora says “You haven’t any idea how many expenses we skylarks and squirrels have, Torvalds” she is reaffirming the childlike image that her husband has…

Representing Ophelia: Women, Madness, and the Responsibilities of Feminist Criticism

Death of female characters is a main theme in all three texts, including A Doll’s House. In the most famous tragedy Hamlet, all the characters die, including the female ones, Gertrude and Ophelia. Ophelia’s death can be blamed on her madness. Ophelia’s madness drove her to commit suicide, although some may argue that it was…

What do scenes 1 and 3 tell us about Elizabethan beliefs

Scene 1. The opening speech to Scene 1 demonstrates how Elizabethan people began to think differently, due to the Renaissance. Lines1-3 tell us abut Faustus’ education, as does the use of Latin; this shows that Faustus is educated. Followed by line 4 -‘Yet level at the end of every work’, that shows how he now…

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A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg

Peter Nichols wrote ‘A Death In The Death Of Joe Egg’ in 1967. It was taken to the Lord Chamberlains office to be censored, as all plays had to be before they can be performed on stage. Only a few lines had to be cut but it was thought that the play as a whole…

Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre

It was in the early 1800s, after Lord Byron’s work ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’ was published, that the Byronic hero was introduced to Britain, sweeping up the Romantic and Gothic Movements and irrevocably changing the face of the English novel. Characterised by Caroline Lamb, an ex-lover of Byron, as ‘mad, bad and dangerous to know’1, the…

Of Mice and Men

America in the 1930s- completely torn at the hinges, socially, economically and politically. This was of course, the monumental Great Depression. Steinbeck took great inspiration from this period, spending time with a group of migrant workers exiled by the Dust Bowl for a San Francisco News series. He felt passionately about the in just of…

An Ideal Husband

In this play, there are several moments when new and surprising information which changes everything is dramatically revealed. Explore one such moment bringing out how the character’s words and actions make the moment so dramatic. I think that the moment that is the most dramatic would be when it is revealed that the diamond broach…

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and The Remains of the Day

Love is presented in many ways and is achieved through a variety of techniques used within both novels Captain Corelli’s Mandolin ad The Remains of the Day. The theme of love is apparent through out the novel and is presented through the relationships between parent and child, the conversations and the varying narrative perspectives. In…

How much is Desire a force for destruction in the play A Streetcar Named Desire

The play ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ obviously has the theme of desire playing a key role in it, since the play is so named. However, due to it being only a title, it cannot distinguish the role of this emotion, the many different subtleties of this emotion, and even the diverse range of ways it…

Brideshead Revisited

Traditionally, the pastoral genre celebrates the beauty and aesthetics of the countryside which is often depicted as promoting prosperity and joy within its inhabitants. However, considering Brideshead Revisited, She Stoops to Conquer and Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience were all written during times of change and development in which the urban is presented to…

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