Antigone In the story of Antigone, two very headstrong people's beliefs are matched up against each other. Creon, the king, made it law that no traitor to the Kingdom shall have a proper burial, instead they will be left laying on the ground to rot and to be eaten by the animals. This was the case of Antigone's brother, Polyneices. Antigone's love for her brother was so great that she went against the law, even though she knew Creon's punishment for breaking the law was public stoning, which ult
Should Assistance Be Allowed? 1 ENG 1301 3 December 2002 The origin of the word euthanasia is from the Greek eu meaning “good” and thanos meaning “death”. Euthanasia has been traced as far back as ancient Greek and Roman civilizations. These ancient societies approved of voluntary euthanasia. Religion increased as time passed and life was viewed to be sacred. This caused euthanasia to be seen as wrong in all forms. Euthanasia is the action of inducing the painless death of a person for reasons a
Should They Have The Right? 1 English 1301 19 November 2002 In recent years the debate over the question of whether terminally ill people should have the legal right to obtain a physicians help in ending their lives has intensified. People possess assurance in the conviction that mentally ill patients should have the right to seek a physician’s assistance to bring about an end to their lives. Within approximately every state, assisted suicide has not been prohibited or conceded by law. Over twen
Which member of the Birling family deserves our respect? The play “An Inspector Calls” by JB Priestly portrays a very good perspective of the society and the classes in which people lived in and in some cases still live by today. It also shows an insight into a patriarchal period and a very biased system in which people’s very way of life is run. The Birling family is a typical stereotype of the rich and the wealthy of that period, the self made man, as oppose to the aristocratic class of which
Eavan Boland Eavan Boland is a woman with an extraordinary talent. She was born with the ability to make people experience feelings through her words. Boland captures the reader with her personal and lyrical poetry. She articulates the pride of her individuality and the confidence of her shared humanity even from her Nowhere can be found a land without violence. But nowhere but Ireland can be found a land with more violence. Eavan Boland uses the theme of violence in many of the poems that she w
Changes in the Characters of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth Over the course of the play Macbeth and Lady Macbeth significantly change with respect to their characters and their personalities. Macbeth starts off as a brave soldier whom is devoted to his king, but is tainted from the witches' prophecies, as Lady Macbeth appears as a kind wife but underneath lies a conniving, deceitful woman. Lady Macbeth's strong power is used to effortlessly persuade her weak husband. Her strength inspires him at the b
Dead Poets Society DPS Summary Dead Poets Society explores the conflict between realism and romanticism as these contrasting ideals are presented to the students at an all boys preparatory school. Welton Academy is founded on tradition and excellence and is bent on providing strict structured lessons prescribed by the realist, anti-youth administration. With the dawning of each new semester, hundreds of parents abandon their sons, leaving them in the tried hands of Welton staff in hopes that the
Death of a Salesman The book Death of a Sales man is a story in which the character Willy plays a big role in. There are causes for Willy’s downfall, which shall be explained in this paper. Willy was angry at his sons Biff and Happy for the way they lived their lives and not living up to his expectations, and he was angry that he lost his job. The first reason why Willy is in a downfall is because he is angry with his son, Biff, for the way he lived his life. Willy is angry at Biff because he wa
Death of a Salesman In the play ‘Death of A Salesman’ by Arthur Miller, the main character, Willy Loman experiences intricacy during his elderly age where he struggles to be a good father, husband, friend and salesman. Willy’s struggle throughout the play builds up a path to the end and results in his demise. Willy’s demise is initially brought forth by his continuous struggle. Although, struggle was one of the factors that contributed to Willy’s downfall, the wrong decisions, character traits a
Tim Winton – Dirt Music Yr. 12 English Studies Individual Study Brief Overview of story “So what did you play?” ”Guitar.” ”I mean, what kind of music?” ”Oh, I dunno. All kinds, I spose. Anything you could play on a veranda. You know, without electricity. Dirt music.” Dirt Music is the story of three people – Georgie Jutland, a forty year old retired nurse who surfs the net and appreciates her vodka. Jim Buckridge, Georgie’s lover, who is a successful fisherman and the “uncrowned prince” of White
Educating Rita Throughout “Educating Rita” Willy Russell talks about change. What changes are there in Rita by the end of the play and are they for the good or the bad? In “Educating Rita”, Rita is a working class person. She is trapped in her life and wants choice, she has little education and a poor job as a hairdresser and during the play she tries to break free from her social class. Rita wants to be more like Frank, educated and middle class. At the beginning Rita doubts herself and is abso
Character Report! Friar Lawrence Per.2nd English 3/27/03 For me to imagine the physical characteristics of Friar Lawrence is that his caring, helpful and that he want what’s best for Juliet life. His very cooperative priest and that his trying to convince Juliet not to commit suicide but instead giving her hope of something else that will help her love one (Romeo) be with her and love each other. His voice is very convincing and that in fact, his a priest Juliet will listen to him. But his not t
Assisted Suicide English 080 November 26, 2003 Should a person be assisted in suicide if they are terminally ill? This is a question that raises much controversy, some feel it is justifiable while others feel it is wrong any way it is looked at. Should a person have to suffer through an unbearable disease? only to pass away in the end? These are some questions that doctors are trying to determine if it is a reasonable case. Many people feel that death is something that should occur naturally and
Dealing with alienation and loneliness. Most everyone experiences feeling lonely at some point in their life. Moving to a new city or country and leaving friends or family behind can lead us to lonely feelings. There are times in our lives when relationships may have to end. Maybe you have ended a dating or marital Some people it is better at simplification of their loneliness than other people, at their concealment monadic than existence than others. For them, loneliness - fleeting feeling whic
Ethan Frome AP English 3 Sometimes authors toy with the emotions of the reader and his perception of right and wrong by the way characters are described. In a wellwritten essay, relate how the character Zeena Frome is in the right and the character Ethan and Mattie are in the wrong. Relate how characterization (the description and creation of a character and his or her traits) serves to make the reader despise Zeena and pity Ethan and Mattie, despite the fact that Zeena is the one being wronged
Euthanasia  Response to Anti Euthanasia Essay English 101 Final Paper Euthanasia is a topic that provokes as much controversy as capital punishment, primarily because it is irreversible. The question of euthanasia being right or wrong is one that most would prefer left alone. However, recent publicity on changes to existing laws has ignited considerable discussion and has forced open the door to a much wider audience. The issues related to direct euthanasia have raised many questions in my mind
Eva Luna Eva Luna is based on the life of the protagonist of the novel, Eva Luna. The story begins with the tale of how Eva Luna was conceived by her mother trying to save the life of a snake bitten Indian. It takes place in an unnamed South American country. Eva's mother dies when she is only 7 years old and is forced to work as a servant in different houses. One thing she inherited from her mother was the gift of story telling. Wherever she would go everyone loved to hear her improvised storie
How far do fate and destiny play their parts in the deaths of Romeo and Juliet? Personal Writing – Response to a Shakespeare play “Romeo and Juliet”, is one of the greatest love stories of all time. Romeo and Juliet come from feuding families, the Montagues and Capulets, but they defy the feud and fall in love. Many events take place during the five short days that they share their love. Romeo’s and Juliet's love finds a tragic way to overcome the differences between their families. The story re
Gender Issues in Antigone One of the most devastating problems for the Classical Greeks was the women's issue. Women in Classical Greece were not citizens, held no property, and indeed were not even allowed out of the house except under guard. Their status differed from that of the slaves of Greece only in name. This alone, however was not a problem -- the problem was that the Greeks knew, in their hearts, that this was wrong. Indeed, their playwrights harangued them about it from the stage of A
Hamlet For all its preoccupation with crime, treachery and death, Hamlet is a fundamentally optimistic play. Discuss. Hamlet is a play which is mainly based around these three themes of crime, treachery and death. Although these themes would be considered by many as negative issues, there is more to this play then meets the eye, and a person must really scrutinize it to discover the true idea behind this story. DEATH CRIME These topics arise most frequently in this tale. In the first scene of Ha
Was he Sane? ELA 12. 30.1 March 23, 2004 One of the most difficult questions to answer in William Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, is; was Prince Hamlet truly mad, or was he just putting on “an antic-disposition”(I.v.173) Hamlet’s behavior is frequently changes throughout the course of the play and it makes it hard to distinguish his true nature. However after an in-depth analysis of Hamlet’s words and actions, prove for both his sanity and madness is evident. Proof toward Hamlet’s madness first bec
Hamlet, A Tragedy The line from Hamlet O, that this too, too sullied flesh would melt. is full of tragic tones. Yet, what makes Hamlet a tragedy? As one big tragedy itself, Shakespeare's Hamlet possesses the characteristics that Shakespeare believed a tragedy should contain. The main character, Hamlet, has the defect of indecision, is a very noble character, and is also incapable of handling situations that are caused by other characters. The first tragic quality of Hamlet is Hamlet's defect of
Hamlet Notes Act I, scene i On a dark winter night outside Elsinore Castle in Denmark, an officer named Bernardo comes to relieve the watchman Francisco. In the heavy darkness, the men cannot see each other. Bernardo hears a footstep near him and cries, Who's there? After both men ensure that the other is also a watchman, they relax. Cold, tired, and apprehensive from his many hours of guarding the castle, Francisco thanks Bernardo and prepares to go home and go to bed. Shortly thereafter, Berna
Hamlets soliloquy “To be , or not to be” Hamlet in act III scene II is left alone and starts to philosophize about the concept of suicide. He presents a logical argument both for and against ending his own life and seems to be governed by reason rather than frenzied emotion as in the previous two major soliloquy’s . “To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer” Hamlet poses the question to himself , to exist , or not to exist .He says that is the question
Horse Dealers Daughter Human nature is one of the most fascinating subjects for many people. However, there is no such thing. It doesn’t take much to find a beast within a human. All that separates a human from an animal is a thin layer of artificial civilization. Humans would like to believe that love and idealism is what makes them different. There is god that created them in his own image, thus they must be special and separate from the rest of the Nature. There is no such thing as human natu
Informative Speech: Example #4 author: Charla Kay Denmon Stress, The Silent Killer INTRODUCTION: ATTENTION GETTER: What is stress? Stress is a negative emotional state occurring in response to events that are perceived as taxing or exceeding a person's resources or ability to cope, says Cohen Herbert. There is now evidence to show that those who have large amounts of stress in their lives are more susceptible to health problems and injuries. REASON TO LISTEN: A) 43% of all adults suffer adverse
Inside Virginia Woolf Literature 11/18/2003 Virginia Woolf was one of the most influential writers of her time. In Mrs. Dalloway, the character of Septimus W. Smith seems to be one of the key element’s who mirrors most of Virginia Woolf’s views. In her style of writing she introduces the thoughts , feelings , and past memories that go through the minds of her characters. The way in which she writes, lets us know the way the characters think not just the way they act. Her writing in Mrs. Dalloway
Othello In the play Othello, jealousy is shown to be very evident through the actions of the characters. Jealousy is an emotion that everyone shares, and it is eventually responsible for the tragic ending of the play. Everyone feels jealous at certain times of their lives, and this feeling can cause people to do foolish things. This human emotion also shows people to be weak in the sense that they are never happy with what they have. Shakespeare shows through Othello, Iago, Roderigo, and Brabant
Julius Caesar An Expository Throughout the play, Julius Caesar, opinions over important matters clash. Brutus and Cassius, both senators of Rome, have two completely different ways of looking at matters. Brutus, an idealist, has a more naïve way of looking at things. He tends to see only the good in a person. Cassius, on the other hand, is a realist. He sees what is really there. Cassius is the lead conspirator in the play, showing that he is all for self advance. Brutus is the only one who isn’
Macbeth Per: 2 In Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth the two protagonists, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth demonstrate both strength and weakness of character and action. Through the course of the play Lady Macbeth’s early power and strength weakens while Macbeth’s rises from weakness to a position of strength and great power. In the beginning Lady Macbeth is stronger, however towards the end Macbeth becomes the stronger one. The short tragedy of Macbeth is a morbid story of ruthlessness, power, and murder. S
Macbeth The three witches in the tragedy Macbeth are introduced right at the beginning of the play. They recount to Macbeth three prophesies. That Macbeth will be Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis and King. These prophesies introduce Macbeth to ideas of greatness. Macbeth will eventually follow through on killing king Duncan, a destruction of the natural order; it was sometimes thought that the witches had the ability to reverse the natural order of things. This brings into the play idea of fate
Ophelia’s Suicide ELA 30.1 HamletAct IV- Ophelia’s Suicide /20 Ophelia’s suicide is indeed very tragic because basically, she was a two-sided pawn caught in the middle of, essentially, a real life chess game between Claudius/ Polonius and Hamlet. She was a two-sided pawn because she did not know which side she should stand for; on one side there was her lover, Hamlet, and the other her father, Polonius, who she also loved but respected to the fullest. Each of these sides contributed to the deepe
“Imagery” on Othello In William Shakespeare's Othello, the use of imagery and metaphors is significant in conveying meaning as it helps to establish the dramatic atmosphere of the play and reinforce the main themes. Through this, the audience is able to grasp a better understanding of the play. Throughout Othello, images relating to poison frequently occur. These references are predominantly made by Iago. This seems appropriate for Iago who exhibits the characteristics of poison; they being fata
Our Day Out With Whom Does Willy Russell Intend the Audience to Sympathize, Mrs. Kay, Mr. Briggs or Carol? The play 'Our Day Out' was written by Willy Russell in the late 70's it is set in Liverpool which is an economically depressed, treeless slum inhabited by people. At this time Liverpool is covered in a blanket of unemployment for many reasons such as a decrease in the industrial revenue which led to many factories closing down because Japan could make the same products that Liverpool were p
Trainspotting An outcast, a loner, a reject, these are several names given to individuals who are socially unaccepted. An outcast is a person who differs from others in a way that is denounced by society. As a result they are cast aside or socially rejected. In order to be tolerated in society these individuals are often forced to put up a front or wear a fake persona. Their attempts to mask their true personalities bring on permanent changes to their true selves. In literature and in society, w
Sanity is over rated 9/10/04 “Who am I?” A strange question, I am not sure if I can answer that. Let me instead take you on a journey to see how my heart guided me in so many directions. These events and actions that brought me to where I am today. I was in private Catholic school for twelve years, throughout all my years in school I cannot remember a day that I felt getting up and going to school was going to be anything but complete torture. I was an outcast; I spoke to absolutely no one, bein
“Everyday Use:” A Reflection on the Life of Alice Walker October 29, 2003 Period 5 Survey of Composition and Literature Alice Walker is an extremely successful African-American author. She was born on February 19, 1944 in Eatonton, Georgia. Many people doubted her success because at the age of eight she was blinded in her right eye by the bullet of a BB-gun. But Walker was determined and did not let that minor setback hinder her progress. Her parents were Willie Lee and Minnie Lou Grant Walker.
Macbeth “Discuss the significance of the sleepwalking scene and its relationship to the rest of the play.” Sleep is the transitional state between wakefulness and death and gives our body and mind a chance to maintain, repair and protect itself. Lady Macbeth’s true personality is revealed during the sleepwalking scene. Her character follows the pattern of decline, despair and death. This pattern starts when she no longer had control over her husband, followed by hallucinations when she is sleepw
ñík§Õh!ßÕw4 TEST FOR ENGLISH MAJORS GRADE EIGHT (SAMPLE)QUESTION BOOKLET PAPER ONE TIME LIMIT;95 MIN.= PART ` LISTENING COMPREHENSION ;40 min.= In Section A,B and C you will hear everything ONCE only.Listen carefully and then answer the questions that follow.Mark the correct response for each question you hear. SECTION A TALK Questions 1 to 5 refer to the talk in this section.At the end of the talk you will be given 15 seconds to answer each of the following five questions. Now Listen to th
The Cask of Amontillado Outline 5º C 12/09/04 Edgar Allen Poe (1809-1849) American poet, a master of the horror tale, credited with practically inventing the detective story. Edgar Allan Poe was born on January 19, 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts, to parents who were itinerant actors. His father David Poe Jr. died probably in 1810 and his mother Elizabeth Hopkins Poe in 1811. Edgar was taken into the home of a Richmond merchant John Allan and brought up partly in England (1815-20), where he attend
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexander Dumas`s The Count of Monte Cristo is a very sourceful book with the main character,Edmund Dantes , creating different and new identities. Even though these characters names are just being changed, or in Dantes' case, changing their names, this still means creating various identities. In every identity change, there is a different name or alias , and with every name comes a different identity. Dantes had to create a different personality to go with each new cha
The Crucible In the Crucible Miller Reveals and explores the nature of and behaviour of a society in crisis and its effect upon individuals in that society. Discuss. To begin with, no one is one hundred percent sure that what Miller wrote is a correct and accurate view of how a society would act in a time of crisis. In the play itself Miller talks about some of the great influences upon himself at the time of his writing of The Crucible. He talks about how he wrote the play during a time of grea
The Failure of the American Dream in The Great Gatsby I. Introduction Francis Scott Fitzgerald is considered to be one of the masters in the field of American literature. The Great Gatsby makes the highest point of his artistic achievement. It shows us a vivid picture of the 1920’s with its surface prosperity and underlying sadness. From the view of the narrator Nick, The Great Gatsby shows Gatsby’s tragic life, especially Gatsby’s love and the break of his dream. The novel represents far more t
The Horse Dealer’s Daughter D.H. Lawrance’s short story “The Horse Dealer’s Daughter” is about a depressed young woman who attempts to commit suicide but unexpectedly falls in love. I believe that Mabel Pervin is driven to commit suicide because of the years of verbal abuse and neglect done to her by her siblings. Also Mabel is ashamed of her poverty and no longer wants to face the townspeople, and Mabel also wishes to be glorified like her mother was in her death. As a result her subconscious c
The Life Of a Fly It so hard being a fly. It’s just not fair, I only get to live for 21 days at the most. Now that isn’t enough time to live my life and do all of the things I want to do. The world is so big, so hard to survive. I feel like everyone is out there to get me. I just go for a leisurely fly through the forest and a frog could eat me. Or if I feel like going on an adventure, through a giant’s house. What are they called? I think the right name for them is a h-h-human! Shhh, I just sai
Berling Family The play has seven characters and is set in 1912. The whole play is conducted from the Berlings dining room that is in an industrial city called Brumly in the North Midlands. The play opens with the Berling family celebrating Shella's engagement to Gerald Croft who is also at the party. We see that Gerald and the Berlings are fairly wealthy because they can afford to have a party unlike most people at that time. On page 11 the Inspector is introduced and begin's to tell the Berlin
The Yellow Wallpaper Eng 112 Paper 1 In The Yellow Wallpaper, originally published in 1899, Charlotte Gilman presents the internal dialogue of a woman diagnosed with “hysteria” and for whom total rest has been prescribed. In the short story, the patient is slowly driven mad by her cure, prescribed by her physician husband, and is cut off from any intellectual pursuits whatsoever. The misdiagnosis of depression and anxiety leads the woman on a downward spiral that eventually causes her to perceiv
The Yellow Wallpaper Response In The Yellow Wallpaper, originally published in 1899, Charlotte Gilman presents the internal dialogue of a woman diagnosed with “hysteria” and for whom total rest has been prescribed. In the short story, the patient is slowly driven mad by her cure, prescribed by her physician husband, and is cut off from any intellectual pursuits whatsoever. The misdiagnosis of depression and anxiety leads the woman on a downward spiral that eventually causes her to perceive the y
The Hours “The Hours” by Michael Cunningham tells the story of a day in the life of three different women, each living in a different decade. Through these women, characters they encounter in their everyday lives, plot, symbolism and other methods, he explores the main theme of death, focussing especially on euthanasia and suicide. The Hours is set in three different decades and on both sides of the Atlantic. It revolves around the lives of three different women: Virginia Woolf, Laura Brown and
Modern World Things Fall Apart For Okonkwo, “thing fall apart” because he cannot change his ways, and because he will not allow himself to show weakness. He is so imbedded in the traditions of his clan, the Umuofia, that it is impossible for him to change to the modern ways of the British. When the British come and people start converting to their ways, which eventually is a cause of his suicide, is when things fall apart for Okonkwo. Okonkwo fears looking weak like his father. His father, Unoka