Narration Essay Examples

What was new about Modernist literature

As Ezra Pound maintained, the objective of modernist literature was to ‘make it new’ (Pound; 1934). However, one cannot perceive a definition of such a large literary movement, without, in the post-structuralist manner, by defining its binary definition; realism. Realism was a traditional, non-experimental form of writing which can be characterised by its ‘chronological plots, […]

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Top Girls by Caryl Churchill

Top Girls by Caryl Churchill dramatises contemporary life in 1980s Britain depicting a time of change and shifting priorities and expectations as far as women were concerned within society. The period was characterised by Britain’s first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Yet unlike the country’s political agenda, Theatre was not driven by a female force. […]

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The role of the shaman: similarities and differences

Human societies, in different contexts and at different times, have produced a number of traditional healers whose roles and functions largely overlap. In this paper, drawing on various literature sources, I will argue that the role of the shaman or traditional healer bears striking similarities with that of helping professionals in the Western world, particularly […]

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Sex, Shame and Guilt: Reflections on Bernhard Schlink’s der Vorleser

The occasion for this paper was twofold. One had to do with the fact that I happened to read Bernhard Schlink’s Der Vorleser (The Reader) (1995) and J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace (1999) in close proximity to each other. This, in itself, is not particularly remarkable because the novels themselves were published within a few years […]

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Madame Bovary neither glorifies nor punishes adultery

Madame Bovary was written in 1857 in a time of great social unrest in France. The Revolution in 1772 had led to some movement towards the establishment of equality between the sexes, however, this was to be temporarily abolished with the re-introduction of the monarchy and women’s roles within society were redefined once more. The […]

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The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot and Great Expectations

The novels The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens can both be said to be classified in a genre known as “bildungsromans” that is, they both chart the development of young persons. The Mill one the Floss however, contains two, as it follows the story of both Maggie […]

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Ulysses Paper

While no major events take place in the opening chapter of Ulysses, it remains an important one because it introduces the elements that will play out as the novel continues. In relation to the rest of the novel, the opening chapter raises a series of questions that the reader expects the remainder of the novel […]

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‘Perfume’ by Patrick Suskind

This extract of ‘Perfume’ by Patrick Suskind written in first-person narration explores and captures the author’s portrayal of the olfactory sense in eighteenth century France, where rests the foulest city of stench, Paris. The diction, literary devices and on top of that, the use of revolting visual imagery to describe each particular unappealing smell encompassing […]

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Mrs Turner Cutting The Grass & The Purple Pileus Comparison

Both “The Purple Pileus” and “Mrs. Turner Cutting the grass” have many similarities, of which the most significant is the way both stories are concerned about how other people judge the appearances and values of the central characters. However, the authors differ, with regard to how they go about illustrating this theme to the reader. […]

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Comparison of The Red Room and Farthing House Ghost Stories

Ghost stories have been around for decades, they have been passed down from generation to generation to the present day. Several people believe they are real and others believe they are nothing but nonsense, there to scare us. However, authentic or not ghost stories have been the central theme for many a book. When a […]

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“Remains of the day” and “A room with a view”

The first major difference you notice when examining the structure of the two novels is the way they are set out and built upon. Remains of the day is a travel diary, it is an account of a wasted life and a story about missed chances. It is centred around a motoring trip that the […]

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The themes of outsider in ‘Silas Marner’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

‘Silas Marner’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ were written at different times but both were written at the height of great change in the world. Eliot wrote ‘Silas Marner’ in 1861, but set it at the earlier time of the 1820s, during the Industrial Revolution, and similarly, Harper Lee wrote ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at […]

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The theme of relationships in Silas Marner

”Silas Marner” was written by the established and contemporary author George Eliot (alias Mary Anne Evans) in the mid 19th century. The book however, is set in the early 1800s. During the time Eliot was writing this book England was changing – there was a growing population; rapid industrialisation and many people were moving from […]

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Great Gatsby Reading Questions and answers

1. Why are we still reading a book written in the 1920’s? What gives a book its longevity? There are many reasons why great Gatsby has achieved its longevity. One of the reasons why this book is famous till now because it captures the essence of the 1920’s in a book. Also, the themes in […]

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The Great Gatsby and A Handful of Dust

‘The Great Gatsby’, written by F Scott Fitzgerald, is undoubtedly a deeply tragic novel. There are many tragic elements about it, many of which I shall be looking at in greater detail. The title character and protagonist in the novel is Jay Gatsby, a mysterious and fabulously wealthy man living in a gothic mansion in […]

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Is the inherent pessimism of F Scott Fitzgerald exposed

The Great Gatsby (GG) conveys the past as a painful memory, wishing to be masked by individuals (namely Gatsby) and never fully exposed to the surrounding society. Gatsby conceals his truthful past, specifically his family history and background, which is only uncovered after his murder. There is a similar disguise in Cat on a Hot […]

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How does Charlotte Bronte create sympathy for Jane Eyre

“Jane Eyre” is very much the story of a young girl’s quest to be loved, and a search for equality in a greatly unjust reality. Throughout the opening chapters Jane shows a fire and ice persona: there are sharp contrasts between her emotions at certain points in the novel, which seem to show a state […]

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Not my Business by Niyi Osundare compared with Nothing’s

In ‘Not my Business’ by Niyi Osundare when compared with ‘Nothing’s Changed’ by Tatamkhula Afrika, the shared theme of injustice and segregation come across and are present in both poems. ‘Nothing’s Changed’ is quite specific with its whereabouts and period: South Africa and post-apartheid. The poem, like its poet, is consumed with anger and bitterness […]

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Tess of the D’Urbervilles and The Handmaid’s Tale

A sense of entrapment pervades both ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. Explore the theme of entrapment in these two texts, making careful comparisons between them and commenting particularly on the narrative strategy of each text. In many works originating from periods of time in which repression in society was apparent, the freedom […]

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Brave New World- Style and Technique Analysis

Karl Marx once said, “The production of too many useful things results in too many useless people”. Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World depicts a utopia that has come to completely rely on technology to run their world. This advanced and civilized world has made living thoughtless. Citizens look to Henry Ford as a deity […]

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The littlest Hitler

To see how far you can go and to try out limits can be fun. Just not when you take it too far. Children do not always know the consequences of their actions, but life among children can be fun. Just not when bullying is a theme and the power of popularity enters into it. […]

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