English Literature

Compare and contrast how Shakespeare, Ford and Hardy explore social barriers to love in ‘Othello’, ‘T’is Pity She’s a Whore’ and Far From the Madding Crowd.

All three texts explore a range of social barriers to love despite having been written in different periods of time, arguing that, no matter the time, societal conventions always create barriers to love by which those who do not conform are judged by. Shakespeare’s play ‘Othello’ concentrates upon positions in society regarding race and background;Continue reading “Compare and contrast how Shakespeare, Ford and Hardy explore social barriers to love in ‘Othello’, ‘T’is Pity She’s a Whore’ and Far From the Madding Crowd.”

“Both plays end with the depiction of reality’s victory over fantasy.” Compare to what extent you find this to be an accurate summary of A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman.

Death of a Salesman ends with the protagonist Willy Loman’s funeral, whilst A Streetcar Named Desire’s protagonist, Blanche, is escorted to what the reader can only assume is some form of mental institution. This illustrates that both characters have met a negative end, suggesting that for them reality is indeed victorious over fantasy. However, thisContinue reading ““Both plays end with the depiction of reality’s victory over fantasy.” Compare to what extent you find this to be an accurate summary of A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman.”

How Does Atwood’s presentation of rituals and ceremonies influence your understanding of the novel?

The ceremonies and rituals in the Handmaid’s tale are an essential part of Gilead’s theocratic regime. The regime is heavily based upon the importance of biblical values, that are twisted and exaggerated to create a powerfully dystopian vision. The ceremonies and rituals highlight the control which the society has over the people through the restrictionContinue reading “How Does Atwood’s presentation of rituals and ceremonies influence your understanding of the novel?”

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