Queen Victoria’s Proclamation, 1858

“We desire no extension of our present territorial possessions; and, while we will permit no aggression upon our dominions or our rights to be attempted with impunity, we shall sanction no encroachment on those of others. We shall respect the rights, dignity and honour of native Princes as our own; and we desire that they,Continue reading “Queen Victoria’s Proclamation, 1858”

Critically evaluate different categories of source material relating to the Titanic.

Introduction On the 15th April 1912, the White Star Line’s Titanic sank after an unfortunate collision with an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean causing the deaths of 1500 people.[1] The tragedy, conveniently for historians, provides a variety of source types including material culture, textual evidence, and oral testimony on which this essay is based upon;Continue reading “Critically evaluate different categories of source material relating to the Titanic.”

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?”

“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.”