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Question: The Nobel Prize for Literature is awarded to the writer ‘who shall have produced in the field of literature the most outstanding work in an ideal direction’. To what extent do Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Seamus Heaney’s New Selected Poems conform to this requirement?

Answer: The word ‘ideal’ set out in Nobel’s will to stipulate how the literature prize should be awarded has caused interpretation problems for...


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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: A300
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 66%
  • Words: 2317
  • Date submitted: January 09, 2009
  • Date written: April, 2006
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 66

Question: ‘The ‘Dark side’ has the ability to take hold of our imagination if we do not give it creative form in our lives.’
Discuss with reference to ‘Goblin Market’ by Christina Rossetti.

Answer: The ‘dark side’ often deals with the suppressed subconscious elements of the human identity. It has the power to focus our attention...


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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: English Literature
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 65%
  • Words: 1300
  • Date submitted: July 26, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1940

Question: ‘The two basic modes of satire are good-humoured teasing and savage attack.’ Discuss The Rape of the Lock and A Modest Proposal in the light of this statement.

Answer: The Rape of the Lock and A Modest Proposal were both published for the first time early in the 18th century (1712...


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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: English Literature
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: 64%
  • Words: 1404
  • Date submitted: July 30, 2009
  • Date written: April, 2004
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1982

Question: Comment on the way in which Atwood has constructed ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.

Answer: Through the course of ‘The Handmaids Tale’, Margaret Atwood uses an unconventional and ostensibly unordered form of plot construction to present Offred’s...


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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: English Literature
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: 64%
  • Words: 891
  • Date submitted: July 28, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1955

Question: “An ape, a most ill-favoured beast. How like us in all the rest?” (Cicero) . How does ‘Great Apes’ by Will Self support this view?

Answer: All literary works provide the reader with an escape – an escape into a world other than their own, where they can...


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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: English Literature
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 64%
  • Words: 2425
  • Date submitted: July 26, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1949

Question: “Few myths have been more advantageous to the ruling caste than the myth of woman.” (Simone de Beauvoir). Explore some of the ways in which Simone de Beauvoir’s notion of “the myth of woman” has been taken up by feminist literary critics and offer a feminist deconstruction of that myth as it operates in ONE OR MORE literary texts of your choice.

Answer: In De Beauvoir’s book The Second Sex, the author refers to the notion of “the myth of woman”; a myth, or number...


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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: World Literature
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 64%
  • Words: 2732
  • Date submitted: July 26, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1933

Question: ‘Literary texts call into question many of our essentialist ideas about gender’ (Bennet and Royle). Examine a selection of poems in the light of this comment.

Answer: Human history has undoubtedly been male dominated. As a result, our literature too has tended to be male orientated, and while obviously...


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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: English Literature
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 64%
  • Words: 3943
  • Date submitted: July 26, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1930

Question: What does the Faerie Queene, Books 1 and 2 owe to the traditions of the classical epic and medieval romance? How does Spenser transform this inheritance?

Answer: In the latter stages of the sixteenth century when Spenser was composing The Faerie Queene, he had a rich heritage of literary...


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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: English Literature
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 64%
  • Words: 3915
  • Date submitted: May 05, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1516

Question: What view of Russian society emerges from A Hero of Our Time?

Answer: Synopsis This essay will attempt to explore a view of Russian society that emerges from Mikhail Lermontov`s novel A Hero of Our...


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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: Literature and Society in the 19C
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: 64%
  • Words: 1794
  • Date submitted: May 03, 2009
  • Date written: May, 1997
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1490

Question: Option B: Select two poems from the Skelton anthology that you have found particularly interesting. You should avoid the poems that are discussed in detail in Book 1 Chapter 4. Write an essay on them that considers: the relationship between the form of each poem and its content; how you think these poems reflect the 1930s.

Answer: Cecil Day Lewis’ poem ‘Newsreel’ and John Lehmann’s ‘This Excellent Machine’ are both poems of the thirties dealing with the subject of...


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  • Subject: English Literature
  • Course: A300
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 64%
  • Words: 2026
  • Date submitted: January 09, 2009
  • Date written: January, 2006
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 63

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