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The Removalists (lit essay)

Posted on April 20, 2009 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (7)

David Williamson’s play, “The Removalists” deals with a number of intriguing and confronting issues surrounding Australian life – domestic violence; police corruption; the use (and abuse) of power; the relationships between men and women; society and authority.

Some might argue that Williamson’s overuse of violence or exaggeration of events may render the play as an obvious work of fiction, void of any real meaning, but in fact the play is very ...

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If- & Search and Destroy (lit essay)

Posted on March 24, 2009 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (9)

The two poems, If and Search and Destroy, despite both being strong and effective in portraying the author’s message, are quite different when compared to each other. Not just in content, but also style, rhythm, devices, themes, and mood.

The poem If, by Richard Kipling, is set in the context of a father speaking to his son about the many stages and challenges that he will face throughout the course of his life, but more importantly how he decides to d...

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (lit essay)

Posted on March 11, 2009 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Before Reading

I chose to read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, partly because of the incredible hype and international praise it has received, but mostly because I have read the previous five novels and can’t wait to find out what happens next in the series. Having read the previous Harry Potter books I was reasonably well informed about the storyline; the characters; the relationships; the history; and the formula of the series. In this case, I tried to steer clear...

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1984 (lit essay)

Posted on February 27, 2009 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

1984 is a book written by George Orwell. The story is very well written and shares some interesting and often terrifying insights into a futuristic civilisation. The novel takes place sometime after the Second World War in a civilisation known as Oceania. The people of this world are divided into the inner party and the outer party, or upper class and lower class.

The inner party is a small political organisation that is in charge of Oceania. The highest ranke...

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Tomorrow, When the War Began (lit essay)

Posted on February 18, 2009 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Since ancient times, Hell has been described as an evil and unholy place. As children we are brought up to believe that Hell is where the Devil lives, and if we are bad we will be banished there, after death. But in Tomorrow, When the War Began, Hell is the only safe place left.

Hell, as it is described in the book, is a very isolated, mysterious place that exists deep in the valleys of Mount Martin, at the bottom of Satan’s Steps. Ellie and her friends first v...

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