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The Observer and London Snow

This is a comparative commentary between two different pieces of written productions. The first one, Text A, is an adaptation of an article from a New York’s newspaper called “The Observer” written in 1996 by Duane Jones. The second one, Text B, is an extract from a book called “London Snow” written in 1979 by […]

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With No Boys To Ogle, We Had Time to Learn

In the piece of writing “With No Boys To Ogle, We Had Time to Learn”, by Christine Flowers. The reader reveals her encounter of attending a single-sex school and values it had. According to Flowers, that students in a single-sexed school are less distracted and can therefore focus more on education, which in return delivers […]

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Being a Cripple

A variety of words can be used in the act of describing someone who is physically impaired; society today chooses to use words such as disabled, handicapped, or differently able. Nancy Mairs, who is physically impaired with multiple sclerosis, chooses the word “cripple” to describe herself. In her piece “On Being a Cripple,” Mairs relays […]

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Chickens Range Free

The Opinion piece ‘Chickens range free “is written by Jo Smith, expressing her support for the activists’ rights to protest. This is a contentious issue between to the conflict between the media who don’t support violent actions under any circumstance and the A. A. R, who are violently protesting about the inhumane treatment given to […]

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How Far Do You Agree That Nothing Is as It Seems in Twelfth Night

“Nothing that is so is so. ” To what extent do you agree with this in relation to Shakespeare’s play “Twelfth Night”? In Shakespeare’s comedy ‘Twelfth Night’, the main theme of disguise and facade is used to create comedy as the characters ‘conceal’ themselves. This adds to the confusion and consequently the characters, and at […]

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Romeo and Juliet

Sometimes fate is like a small sandstorm that keeps changing direction. You can change direction too but the storm will continue to chase you. So you just have to step into the storm, and walk through us step by step. Fate. Who would guess that this measly, one-syllable, four lettered word would play such a […]

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Othello – College Essay

Race is a critical factor in Othello, the story of the ‘dark Moor’ who gives in to sexual jealousy in a white society. Many people have numerous questions about this play. Why does Iago lie to Othello so cruel? Why does Othello believe Iago’s lies, and end up committing the terrible act of killing his […]

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How Does Lady Macbeth Incorporate the Role of Femme Fatale

How does Lady Macbeth incorporate the role of a femme fatale? Gothic literature was introduced by Horace Walpole in 1764 with his novel The Castle of Otranto. This makes Macbeth retrospectively gothic as it was written in the 1600’s. It includes some of the main features of the gothic genre such as, murder, secrets, death […]

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Love and Hate in Romeo and Juliet

What would you do for love? Would you sacrifice your life for the people you love? “Romeo and Juliet” is a thrilling play that demonstrates both love and hate. Love and hate both come at a cost, whether you lose something you love or something happens that you hate. As Mohandas Gandhi said “Hatred always […]

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Is Hamlet Deceitful

In the first two acts of Hamlet there are a few characters that are deceitful. In the play, there are a couple of situations where the outer appearance of characters does not always match their true intent. Hamlet acts differently when he is with others. He acts insane to avenge his father’s death. Ophelia’s loving […]

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Streetcar Named Desire

Novels and plays often depict characters caught between colliding cultures – national, regional, ethnic, religious, institutional. Such collisions can call a character’s sense of identity into question. Select a novel or a play in which a character responds to such a cultural collision. Then write a well organized essay in which you describe the character’s […]

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Romeo and Juliet Conflict

Romeo and Juliet is a timeless love story about two ‘star crossed lovers’ whose love is destined to fail due to an ongoing conflict between their two families which has been going on since before the lovers were even born. The story line has been an inspiration to many modern day stories such as the […]

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Merchant of Venice Questions Act 4

Before the trial proper begins, what does Antonio say the Duke has already tried to do (4. 1. 1-12)? Antonio says he knows the duke has done all that he can to lawfully counter Shylock’s malicious intentions, and that since nothing else can be done, Antonio will respond to Shylock’s rage “with a quietness of […]

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Romeo and Juliet

1. What reason does Paris give for Lord Capulet’s decision to move up the wedding? 2. At first, what does Juliet believe is the only solution to her problem? 3. What plan does Friar Laurence devise for Juliet, and what reservations does Juliet have about his plan? 4. Review the events you read in Act […]

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Oedipus – Fate vs Free Will

Friedrich Nietzche stated “The edge of wisdom is turned against the wise man; wisdom is a crime committed on nature”: such are the terrible words addressed to us by myth. ” (136). The tragic Greek play Oedipus Tyrannus, by Sophocles, seems to present Oedipus both as having free will to make decisions and also being […]

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Crucible vs Muslim Treatment Post 9/11

Fear in itself is something to be feared. Fear is the primary source of insanity and chaos. Fear alone sent the Puritan society of Salem, Massachusetts into a state of utter hysteria in the year 1692, when one of the world’s most infamous witch hunts occurred. Arthur Millers play, The Crucible, is a historical fiction […]

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Romeo and Juliet: Was it Love or Infatuation

Who would have known how bittersweet this could be ! Romeo and Juliet is a timeless classic, written over four centuries ago. One of the aspects that make it live on until this day is that its a story of infatuation. Romeo and Julliet has long been portrayed as a story of true and divine […]

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Troilus and Cressida

Countless people have said- Shakespeare is to be seen, not read. This statement could not be truer for the play ‘Troilus and Cressida’. The differences in the script and production can be described as nothing short of immense. Shakespeare wrote all his plays knowing they would all be enacted on stage, in front of a […]

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The Concept of Time in Dr. Faustus

The Tragicall History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus, referred to simply as Doctor Faustus, is a play by Christopher Marlowe written in the late 16th century, based on the Faust story, in which a man sells his soul to the devil for power and knowledge. The idea of an individual selling his […]

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Reader Response Criticism to Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet is a play created by Shakespeare a very long time ago, but this play has been adopted into many other movies, plays, songs, and even phrases. In class we watched Romeo and Juliet, West side story, and Princess Bride. These are all renditions of the original and are unique in their own […]

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Love – Romeo and Juliet

Romantic love can end in death, but love can be presented in such a manner that can be shown to be courageous and unconditional. Additionally, the so-called “romantic” comedies may feature a certain degree of tension between romantic and anti-romantic elements. Marriage—typically viewed as the goal of romantic love—is also treated ambiguously by Shakespeare. For […]

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Translations by Brian Friel

Translations is a three-act play written by Brian Friel set in the small town of Baile Beag, a fictional Donegal village in Ireland. The play deals with issues ranging from language and communication barriers to Irish history and cultural imperialism by the English. The clash of cultures coupled with misunderstanding and misinterpretations leads to chaos […]

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