ESSAY FROM EDUCARE SYDNEY STUDENTS

Sample Essay – Preliminary – Othello

Whilst the audience empathises with Othello’s plight throughout the play, their stronger sympathy for the character Othello is derived from his final moments in the play. Othello’s speech allows the audience to better understand the factors which contribute to his tragedy. Using language which is lyrical and powerfully symbolic, Othello’s willingness to acknowledge his culpability allows him “to express his nobility and to manifest himself rightly” (Brennan, A).



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Sample Essay Area of Study Discovery: The Awakening

A study of Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper highlight the power of context and the influence it has over individual discovery. Expressed through the use of contrast, tone and symbolism, the interactions between discovery and context allow the protagonists of both texts to transcend the confinement and repression of a physical and spiritually suffocating society.



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Sample Essay Module A: Metropolis and 1984

Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis and George Orwell’s 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (referred to as 1984 from here) both provide dystopic projections about a future where the corruption of power and the oppression of technology threaten humanity. However, 1984’s future is markedly more dystopic because its future is a dystopia because of a government concerned with power for the sake of power, whereas in Metropolis power is only sought for the sake of progress.



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Sample Essay - Module C: Representing People And Politics -the Crucible And Dogville

A study of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and Lars Von Trier’s Dogville provide with us with a window into the hidden and overt agendas of people in positions of power. Through authorial commentary, narrative voice over and characterisation, both composers explore the dangers of ruling through collective tyranny and the dangers of silencing society to ensure a maintenance of the status quo.



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Sample Essay Area of Study Belonging: Romulus, My Father

A study of Raimond Gaita’s twentieth century memoir ‘Romulus, My Father’, Euripides’ 5th century BC play ‘Medea’, reveals that if an individual’s philosophic and cultural views are incongruent to their surroundings, they are often prevented them from belonging. Through the use of powerful characterisation and symbolism, both composers explore the judgmental and prejudicial nature of their respective societies; and the struggle of the individual to find their connection and their voice.


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Sample Essay – Module A – Virginia Woolf

Although we might assume it is the same old story, we are often confronted with a different perspective shaped by a change in context and textual form. Evaluate this statement in the light of your reading of the paired texts and your examination of the values inscribed in them.Composed shortly after WWI together with an awakening female consciousness, Virginia Woolf’s 1929 essay A Room of One’s Own offers commentary on the strictures that have repressed artistic freedom and the nature of truth.



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Sample Essay – Module C – Ted Hughes' Fulbright Scholars & the film Copenhagen

Hughes’ “Fulbright Scholars,” the opening to his anthology, is reflective of the struggle to authenticate memory and, how this creates conflicting perspectives surrounding perceptions of an individual. His post-modern form of poetry demonstrates the ambiguity of certainty where he acknowledges the fallibility of memory; “Where was it, in the Strand?” The rhetorical question establishes the low modal nature of the poem as a whole, reinforced through enjambment of “a display of new items.”


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English Extension 1 – Blade Runner Essay

Whilst Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut (1992) makes use of genre conventions, his delivery of such conventions is designed primarily to challenge dominant themes and accepted norms. Although science fiction is a dominant genre, film noir is less prominent and is rather integrated into the hybrid nature of the film.



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Module A - Pride and Prejudice and Letters to Alice Essay

A comparison of texts ultimately enhances one’s understanding of the importance of context, purpose and audience on the construction of meaning. Fay Weldon’s Letters to Alice: On First Reading Jane Austen (1984), hereafter Letters to Alice, offers a greater understanding of the values and attitudes surrounding Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813).


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English Extension 1 - Science Fiction Essay

Science fiction genre conventions reflect a postmodern context as they simultaneously project and perpetuate society’s universal concerns and fears. The genre’s imitation of context can be seen in: Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner: The Director’s Cut (1992), hereafter Blade Runner; William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984); E.M. Forster’s The Machine Stops (1909); and Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell (1995).


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