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Bleak Expectations: The Impossibility of Morality and the Foolishness of Altruism in Mrs Warren’s Profession

The title wasn’t meant to be anything to do with the Radio 4 programme (which was hilarious by the way – Anthony Head is my hero). Improved on my last grade though. I also read ‘The Invention of Altruism’ by… Continue Reading →

‘I’d Do Anything For You Dear’: Loyalty in Fagin’s Gang

I didn’t get a great grade for this, but I hope to improve.    According to Carey, Dickens ‘encouraged the belief that criminals constitute a separate species, fit only for extermination’ (Carey 38); and yet when considering the motley crew… Continue Reading →

Tragic Self-Discovery: Antigone’s Journey from Actor to Individual in Anouilh’s Play

Anouilh’s adaptation of Antigone pulls the Sophoclean tragedy into the twentieth century,  especially with regards to the heroine who here is seen as human, and not merely as a symbol of resistance. Antigone undergoes a journey to self-realisation which releases… Continue Reading →

The Lost Generation: T.S. Eliot’s Use of Absence to Illustrate the Breakdown of Society Caused by World War One

Lawrence Rainey asserts that Modernism seeks to find a ‘shareable language within the family of twentieth century tongues’ (34). In The Waste Land that ‘shareable language’ is absence, which conveys the trauma of losing an entire generation to the First… Continue Reading →

A Defence of Sir Gawain’s Actions in The Death of Arthur

The impossibility of chivalry continuing when the fellowship has already been fragmented by the very men who led it is highlighted by Gawain’s fruitless desperation to punish Lancelot for the betrayal of his chivalric duties towards Gareth. Gawain’s previous association… Continue Reading →

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