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Ally Mcbeal - Narrative Structure, Characters And Setting - 1,132 words
Ally McBeal. What is it about her that makes people stop and notice? Perhaps it's her girlish voice, her complex insecurities, her quirky yet realistic thoughts, and her simple nature. As a girl, I must say, I totally identify with Ally. Let's face it, we've all had arrows shot through our hearts, felt like our faces were burning when we've said embarrassing things in front of others, and, surely, at one point or another, felt a scary sense of loneliness. In any case, Ally McBeal is a reflection of human essence. Intelligent yet underestimated at times, funny yet lacking a sense of being, dark yet focused, insecure yet hopeful. Combine that with a stunning lawyer and what do you have? A gigg ...
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Kate Chopin - 1,164 words
... aced with another death. In June 1885, her mother had died. Chopin was literally prostrate with grief (Unger 207). In later years, Chopin's daughter would sum up the effect upon her mothers character: When I speak of my mothers keen sense of humor and of her habit of looking on the amusing side of everything. I dont want to give the impression of her being joyous, for she was on the contrary rather a sad nature I think the tragic death of her father early in her life, of her much beloved brothers, the loss of her young husband and her mother, left a stamp of sadness on her which was never lost(Unger 207). Chopin began writing fiction very seriously in 1889. No one knows exactly why she t ...
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Film Noir - 2,410 words
Forty years after Raymond Borde and tienne Chaumeton defined the challenge, critical commentators on film noir continue to grapple with it. Ironically, American writers did not immediately take up consideration of this indigenous phenomenon and the question of its "essential traits." Only gradually in a frequently cross-referenced series of essays in the 1970s did they begin to express themselves. There are now a dozen full-length books in English concerning film noir and undoubtedly more to follow. As noted in the Acknowledgments, the sometimes difficult process of tracking down significant earlier writings for an essay in Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style (Overlook ...
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The Stranger - 2,317 words
The Stranger In The Stranger, Albert Camus portrays Meursault, the book's narrator and main character, as aloof, detached, and unemotional. He is the idealistic existentialist. He does not think much about events or their consequences, nor does he express much feeling in relationships or during emotional times. He displays an impassiveness throughout the book in his reactions to the people and events described in the book. After his mother's death he sheds no tears; seems to show no emotions. He displays limited feelings for his girlfriend, Marie Cardona, and shows no remorse at all for killing an Arab. His reactions to life and to people distances him from his emotions, positive or negative ...
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Divinity And Magic - 1,387 words
Christopher Marlowe wrote many plays about the use of divinity and Magic in order for man to exceed the restrictions set by their society. This is a prime example in Doctor Faustus. Christopher Marlowe uses Black and White magic to show the good and evil. He uses practically Black magic and Divinity in Tamburlaine the Great and The Jew of Malta. Doctor Faustus is a prime example of Black magic in use. The Good and Bad Angel, in a sense is the Doctors conscience trying to direct him. Then the immense consequence of using Black magic and giving up his divinity comes around. Christopher Marlowe was born February 6, 1564. He was born to John Marlowe a shoe maker and Katherine Arthur Marlowe. He ...
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Everyday Use Essay - 419 words
In the short story, Everyday Use, the author, Alice Walker, uses effective narrative structure to advance the plot and create a more interesting tale. The story is broken up into 5 sections. The space between each of the sections represents a shift in focus, from present action to action that is reflected upon or imagined. The story has unique pattern of alternating focus, switching from active, present tense focus to reflective, insight focus. The story starts in the lawn of the present tense, but quickly moves into mamas head, and continues this pattern throughout the story. The sectioning of parts also helps to make the story, which really doesnt have that much central action, a lot less ...
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The Three Strangers - 943 words
In a remote shepherds cottage in the hills of England, a celebration of a babys birth unto Christ takes place. With nineteen or so players, including the shepherd and his wife, a band that refuses to stop playing, and most importantly three influential strangers, a life lesson is learned the hard way. With open arms three unknown entities are allowed into the shepherds home at a time when food is plenty and the mead is flowing. The band plays, the players dance, two strangers entertain and one abruptly runs away as if seeing a ghost, but the players pay no mind. The party is, however, cut short by the sound of a distant horn, the symbol of escape. A criminal destined to be put to death the f ...
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Women Madness And Oppression Or Perspectives Of Madness In Womens Literature - 2,957 words
Madness need not be all breakdown. It may also be break-through. It is potential liberation and renewal as well as enslavement and existential death. --Fiorello La Guardia, Politics of Experience What a weak barrier truth is when it stands in the way of a hypothesis. --Mary Wollstoncraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Women Whom the Gods destroy they first make mad. To the ancient mind, madness was assigned by the Gods as punishment for human weakness, vice and transgression. Cassandra, daughter of King Priam, was punished by the god Apollo; her foresight and accurate predictions were considered by the inhabitants of Troy to be no more than the ludicrous rantings of a madwoman. This notion ...
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Heart Of Darkenss - 1,172 words
Heart of Darkness Critique Critique Period 2 One said once, of Heart of Darkness, that this amazing tale that was not so much told as suggested to me in desolate exclamations, completed in shrugs, in interrupted phrases, in hints ending in deep sighs. This effect was created by the illusions Conrad made through use of diction, style, and narrative structure. A novel critique has a quite complicated task in his analysis of a novel. He is to shed light into the dark corners of the work where the tools used to build the novel are to be found. The Heart of Darkness is an extremely good example of a well-built novel. A well-built novel is only possible with good tools. The articles of critique, n ...
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Power Shifts Of Macbeth - 952 words
ter> DRAMA OFTEN EXAMINES THE WAYS INDIVIDUALS STRUGGLE TO DOMINATE AND/OR MINIPULATE EACH OTHER. DISCUSS THE TECHNIQUES USED IN ONE OR MORE PLAYS, WHICH DRAW OUT ATTENTION TO THE POWER SHIFTS BWTWEEN CHARACTERS. The text Macbeth by famous playwright William Shakespeare portrays a dramatic power struggle by the careful employment of various literary techniques. "Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself" (Vladimir Ilyich Lenin) aptly describes this prominent theme of Macbeth. Techniques include symbolism, emotive language, narrative structure and imagery, which combine to represent the tragic plot portraying the contest between goodness and evil in Macbeth. In the tragedy M ...
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Short Stories - 1,114 words
Short stories are made up mainly of plot, setting and character. It is essential that one predominates- if the story deals with action, then the plot must be emphasised, and the characters remain simple figures within it. If the story deals with setting, then character and action must both have significance, but only in relation to the setting. If the story deals with character, then the characters must be emphasised and the plot focus on their most striking features and experiences. The portrayal of these experiences, if effective, can be applied to the readers own life experiences, helping them to understand them and their cause, therefor exploring ideas and views of human experience. Lite ...
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Short Stories - 1,142 words
... ybe a table of contents and an epigraph, movies have credits, plays dim lights and open curtains, the Beowulf poet yells "Hwaet!" and so on. The development proceeds as the narrative gets underway, and the characters learn and do things, and have things done to them. Here "the plot thickens," perhaps with various sorts of queries, intrigue, and suspense, the piling up of one enigma or dilemma after another. The development portion of the narrative is generally characterised by a kind of alternation of delays or digressions, which impede our arriving at the conclusion, and scenes of progression, which advance towards the conclusion. This alternation (if we may call it that) often works on ...
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Example Essay Structures - 1,125 words
The following structures are demonstrated and discussed: Example Structure Compare and Contrast Narrative or Chronological Structure Descriptive Structure Cause-and-Effect Example Structure The Example Structure follows the rules of a traditional academic essay: begin with a main argument or thesis statement, follow this with three pieces of evidence that support the argument, and wrap up by stating what the essay has shown. This is a good structure to use when making a single, strong point. Its power lies in its simplicity. Because it allows you to present several points neatly in support of a single claim, it is especially useful for making a persuasive argument. This format will be most h ...
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Vanessa Ewing - Feminism In Mainstream Hollywood Cinema - 1,191 words
Mainstream Hollywood cinema has for decades represented an erotic realm by using language and images of our patriarchal culture. It has satisfied and reinforced the masculine ego and repressed the desire of women. Feminist film theorist, Laura Mulvey's essay, 'Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema' published in 1975 has proved to be one of the most influential articles in the whole of contemporary film theory. Mulvey's essay is heavily invested in theory. The essay makes use of Freudian psychoanalytic theory (in a version influenced by Jacques Lacan) to not only highlight sexual differences and pleasures within cinema but to discover the patterns of fascination that have moulded us. She used ...
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