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How does Alan Bennett Present Attitudes towards Education in ‘The History Boys’

Alan Bennett presents two contrasting attitudes towards education through the characters of Hector and Irwin – education needed to pass examinations and to get ahead in life versus education as a means of personal growth and wisdom. From the first page, Bennet sets Hector’s impression of education, where he quotes A.E. Housman: “All knowledge is…

Education,

Literature,

Play

Historical Context Of racism, August Wilson and Its Influences On Fences 

Fences takes place in the era of segregation in the United States, when many public spaces were only open to whites and closed-off to blacks. Augustus Wilson examines the racial tension and the cultural imbalance among the African Americans during 1950s. It also occurs at a time of a burgeoning black rights movement of the…

1950S,

African American History,

Fences,

Play,

Racism

‘Story of an Hour’ by Kate Chopin and ‘The Necklace’ by Guy de Maupassant 

Linguistic and structural devices both play a large part in how the female protagonists are presented by Chopin and Maupassant. Both women are unhappy with life, whether it be marriage or lack of wealth. Both stories introduce the characters early, without revealing much of their true identity, for example, Guy de Maupassant starts the story…

Marriage,

Play,

The Story of an Hour

Concepts of Truth in ‘Nothing but the Truth’ and ‘Forgiveness’

‘Nothing but the truth’ and ‘Forgiveness’, both have strong messages that are affiliated with them. The play and the filmscript both portray the historical events that took place against Apartheid in South Africa with close reference to some of the political activists who struggled against Apartheid, and yet each of them have their own themes,…

Film Analysis,

Forgiveness,

Literature,

Play

Friendship and Betrayal in Play ‘Caesar’

Friendship CASSIUS: “Brutus, I do observe you now of late: I have not from your eyes that gentleness and show of love as I was wont to have: You bare too stubborn and too strange a hand over your friend that loves you. “ This is a scene in where Cassius speaks to Brutus on…

Betrayal,

Friendship,

Play

‘Nothing but the Truth’ and ‘Forgiveness’

The play, nothing but the truth (Kani, J. 2002) and the screenplay, Forgiveness (Latter, G, et al. 2006) deals with the truth and reconciliation, however, it each has different opinion and perceptions of truth and reconciliation. Both the play, Nothing but the truth (Kani, J. 2002) and the screenplay, Forgiveness (Latter, G, et al. 2006)…

Forgiveness,

Play,

Relationship

Responsibility of Fatherhood in An Inspector Calls

Priestley explores responsibility in many different ways, one way is the responsibility of fatherhood, in this case the relationship between Eric and his father. Eric was always treated like a child. Due to this Eric becomes a very spoilt and immature character which seems to want to rebel yet doesn’t have it in him. He…

Character,

Character Traits,

Play,

Responsibility

Responsibility in The Play An Inspector Call

Priestley represents responsibility in the play An Inspector Calls through the characters and their different views. Mr Birling is used for the argument for Capitalism, he is used for this so he an easily dislikable character in the play. Priestley shows the audience this immediately by describing him as a ‘rather portentous man’. This abhorrent…

Character Traits,

Play,

Responsibility

Theme of Responsibility in An Inspector Calls

The play ‘An Inspector calls’ is a political satire written by J.B.Priestly as a means of illustrating the flaws in the British society during 1912. In the following paragraphs I will investigate how the theme of responsibility is presented in An Inspector Calls by Priestly through analyzing the language, structure, and the form of the…

Play,

Responsibility,

Society

Justice in a Play Antigone

What is “justice”? What does justice mean? During the powerful play of antigone, justice is a focal point that makes this play so emotional, and is the cause of conflict. Throughout this play, a series of dynamic characters are introduced. The main characters include Creon, Antigone, Eurydice, Ismene, Polyneices and Eteocles. The play is set…

Antigone,

Justice,

Play

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