Discuss fidelity and betrayal in Northanger Abbey

The use of fidelity and betrayal throughout the novel Northanger Abbey accentuates the social and political unrest in England at the time of its composition. The 1790’s were a time of particular unrest, particularly for the aristocratic upper classes who expressed feelings of extreme nervousness about the knock-on effect that the French Revolution might have […]

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The night was stormy …

What are the novelistic conventions at which Austen pokes fun; how she gets her comic effects at the level of the individual sentence, and how this passage relates to the rest of the novel. ***** In Northanger Abbey, Austen pokes gentle fun at the Gothic genre and its readers, who would have had their own […]

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Micro Water Management

The last half of the 20th century was characterised by unprecedented changes and irreversible trends in natural, technological, social, economic and political factors that have affected human life in radical ways. This when combined with population explosion, urbanisation, industrialisation and economic development exerted high pressure and demand on natural resources, most notably on water resources. […]

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Marvell & Herrick’s Use of Carpe Diem

The powerful Latin phrase “Carpe Diem” is interpreted into English as “to seize the day.” When I hear this phrase, especially in the context of literature, I imagine a narrative written in order to explain a theory or moral. “To seize the day” is a powerful expression that applies to us all in a certain […]

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Marriage in Pride and Prejudice

In Pride and Prejudice, a novel that aims to emphasize the flaws of a martially obsessed society, Jane Austen depicts various marriages. By contrasting the outcomes of each, Austen reveals her opinion on what constitutes a successful relationship. Through creating characters with extreme characteristics, she classifies each one to stress their traits, and examine their […]

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How do their attitudes and fortunes change?

The play Translations by Brian Friel opens with Manus, the eldest son of the hedge-school master, helping a “waiflike” Sarah, who suffers from a speech defect, to speak, and he does so with “a kind of zeal”. This in itself reveals an aspect of Manus’ personality. He is a giving character, putting the needs of […]

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