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The contexts in which the stories were written

When Gertrude gets a withered arm, at first she accepts it as a natural misfortune, but as it gets worse, she is tortured by the belief that the disappearance of the dysfunction on the arm will regenerate her husband’s interest in her. Gertrude’s thinking is caused by Farmer Lodges mood; he was described as “Usually […]

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Hard Times

Charles Dickens Hard Times was written in 1842, at the time of a massive educational debate. Charles Dickens had strong views against Victorian education and the way children were taught he felt it reflected the way society was developing. He thought everyone should have equal chances in life and believed education was the foundation of […]

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Stories about enclosed rooms

We have been introduced to a selection of 20th century short stories based on enclosed rooms. In this essay I am going to compare the similarities and differences between The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the Judge’s House written by Bram Stoker. The Yellow Wallpaper is written by a woman suffering from a […]

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Carver’s stories

Some people may have the view that Carver’s stories are pessimistic and focus mainly on the bad points of life- but Carver just wants the world to understand that these things do happen. People can relate these settings to their own situations and realise that if they are going through similar circumstances they are not […]

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What makes these chosen stories Thrillers?

Mrs Miller goes back to the apartment and sinks into her chair, thinking about what has happened recently in her life, and then the last line of the story is ‘Hello,’ Said Miriam. The story is saying that people like Mrs Miller who lives in a big American cities are lonely, isolated people in their […]

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Crofts and Birlings

“We are members of one body, we are responsible for each other. ” There are 2 genres of which J. B Priestley has chosen to include one of which is A detective thriller and the other A morality play. A Detective Thriller There are many things expected from a detective thriller. Most stories contain the […]

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Sherlock Holmes stories

Sherlock Holmes also follows clues in “The Speckled Band”. The first clue is that a fraction of Dr Roylott’s money would go to Helen Stoner if she got married. Dr Roylott was very in need of money. He is also a very bad-tempered character so we are led to believe that he could do something […]

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Examine the Victorian stories

Examine the Victorian stories “The Man with the Twisted Lip”, “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”, and “The Red Room”. Consider the effects that each writer has created and how they add to the plot, setting and atmosphere. The Victorian era was a time of great change; industrialisation, imperialism, scientific discovery. These changes reflect in […]

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The girls’ stories

Anyone who expressed an opinion different to that of the Church would be accused of heresy. Many people may have had different but silent opinions. Most people were against anyone with opinions against the church; people were keen to believe that women in the village were compacting with the devil because it took any suspicion […]

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Sherlock Holmes stories

As Holmes arrives at stoke Moran he goes straight to the room in which Julia Stoner passed away and observes the room from the outside. He then goes into the room. Holmes sits in the corner and examines the room carefully. The first thing he notices is a bell rope that is hanging down next […]

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