Narrative Styles In Poe, Melville, Hawthorne

narrative styles in Melvilles Bartleby, Poes Arthur Gordon Pym, and Hawthornes The House of Seven Gables. How all three authors utilize a conversational tone for the function of their work. In works by three of the most classically American authors of the nineteenth century, Melville, Poe, and Hawthorne, a trait that can be considered common […]

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave

The book “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave” is an autobiography that talks about human civil rights. The narrative is a real life story of the writer, and it was published in 1845 after the writer had managed to escape from slavery. Frederick Douglass was born in Maryland, where the story […]

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Ideology and the Cinema

First, it should be noted that every film is political, at least inasmuch as it is determined by the ideology that produces it (or within which it is produced, which stems from the same thing). The cinema is all the more thoroughly and completely determined, according to critics, because unlike other arts or ideological systems […]

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Language and Style – Prose Analysis

The extract suggests that the main protagonist is situated in a powerless position. For example the pronouns used ‘I’ sit straight in the chair’, ‘I’ feel like my feet in my flat red shoes aren’t quite touching the floor’ imply the obedience of a child. The language used shows the position of subordination combined with […]

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Cleopatra: A Biography Book Review

The life story of Cleopatra is one which has become increasingly embellished throughout history. To some, the Elizabeth Taylor version of her is enough to satisfy any and all curiosity. For others, however, it is events like those portrayed in that movie which create a deeper desire to know who she really was during her […]

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Theories of how gender may influence music have developed

Men would not have insisted that creativity is a male prerogative unless men were afraid that women’s creations would be taken seriously. 1 While sex is a biological given, gender and sexuality are culturally and socially constructed. It is important to distinguish between the terms ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ as theories of sex, gender and sexual […]

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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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Comparisons seen in Euripedes’ Medea and Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea

Euripedes’ Medea and Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea are set in immensely different surroundings and cultures, written over 2,000 years apart. Yet they both challenged the conventions of their genre, and have striking similarities in the way they considered themes of injustices in society, questioning conventional values through the careful exploitation of the traditions and conventions […]

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TS Elliot’s The Wast Land: metaphors and metonymy

Metonymy doesn’t substitute like metaphor something like the thing that is meant for the thing itself, but substitutes some attribute or cause or effect of the thing for the thing itself. As an elaborate and repetitive device, it fulfils two functions in modernist poems. It depicts a fragmentation of perception – which it in part […]

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