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21 Mar 2022

Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen (1817)

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

Northanger Abbey is one Jane Austen's books, which was first published in 1817, three years after Pride and Prejudice, her best-known novel, and also the year she died. Jane Austen might be one of the most popular writers of her time and is still world-renowned to this day. Northanger Abbey...

19 Mar 2022

What are problems and how do we deal with them?

Presentation - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Faced with the same event, several people can react in totally different ways. Better still, the same person, at different times, can react in a completely different way when faced with the same situations. All of this allows us to affirm that it is perhaps not reality itself that causes the...

19 Feb 2022

Maggie, A Girl of the Streets - Stephen Crane - Maggie is impossible to weep over

Text commentary - 3 pages - Literature

Individuals are determined by heredity and their social category (which covers the place they live in and their standard of living). Maggie, the protagonist of Stephen Crane's novel Maggie, A Girl of the Streets published in 1896, is modelled, shaped, and ultimately determined by her...

31 Jan 2022

Cake, Sarah Rose Etter (2008) - The isotopies

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

"Cake", written in 2008 by Sarah Rose Etter, tells the story of a husband and his wife who share a peculiar routine every two weeks on Friday nights: the husband watches his wife eat a whole cake on her own, and it gives him a lot of pleasure. This short story can be divided into three distinct...

25 Jan 2022

The Impact of Wars and Violence in Scotland - Analysis of an excerpt of Fleshmarket by Nicola Morgan (2016) and of the oil canvas "The Battle of Culloden" by David Morier (1746)

Artwork commentary - 6 pages - Literature

Scotland has often been portrayed as an unstable nation in the midst of violent conflicts both before and after the Acts of Union in 1707. This set of documents consists of two literary works and a pictorial work, spanning the period following the said Acts of Union, from 1746 to 1895, which is...

25 Jan 2022

A Book of Dreaming (A bok of swevenyng)

Text commentary - 7 pages - Literature

A Book of Dreaming traces its roots to the Latin Somniale Danielis and has been reproduced in numerous manuscripts across Europe from the 9th to the 15th centuries. In other words, some stylistic effects could have been lost in the translation from Latin to Middle English. Indeed, the editor,...

12 Dec 2021

Night Mail - Wystan Hugh Auden (1936)

Book review - 3 pages - Literature

Night Mail was written in 1936 by Auden. He was asked to write it for a 22-minute-long documentary also called "Night Mail," and also released in 1936 by the general post office in the UK. This documentary was created to show how the night mail worked, to illustrate what it was like to work on...

06 Oct 2021

Lifeboat Earth Famine (Onora O'Neill, 2016), Famine, Affluence, and Morality (Peter Singer, 1972) - The moral obligation to act against hunger and poverty

Text commentary - 5 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Hunger and poverty have been a consistent problem for humanity. While the majority of humanity agrees that hunger and poverty are atrocious, the degree to which we are morally obligated to interfere is debatable. I will be examining two philosophers' papers, both that argue we are morally...

03 Sep 2021
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Junky - William Seward Burroughs (1953) - Is Junky merely the story of the narrator's drug addiction?

Essay - 4 pages - Literature

Junky, the first novel of W. BURROUGHS, was published for the first time in 1953. It deals with the story of drug addiction, through one example: William LEE, the narrator. It is a major work relating the lifestyle of drug addicts during the 1950s. He employs a laconic tone, but he always seems...

03 Sep 2021

The Subterraneans - Jack Kerouac (1959) - The role of jazz in the novel

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

"The Subterraneans" is a Jack Kerouac's novel written in the 50's (written in 1953 and published in 1958). This novella is not fictional, it deals with a very short romance that Jack Kerouac had with an African American woman, Alena Lee (New York, 1953). But it was bad form to have this...

30 Aug 2021

Is a road trip running away from things or running towards something?

Text commentary - 1 pages - Literature

A road trip is a travel, an escape by campervan or motorcycle (like a Harley Davidson), through vast spaces and during long hours on the road, to discover new landscape, cities or countries. I will take three texts as examples.

30 Aug 2021

Can new technologies facilitate the exchanges?

Essay - 1 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Now, we are going to talk about new technologies to illustrate this notion. Indeed, new technologies, such as SMS, e-mail, and the World Wide Web, are all around us nowadays, like our smartphones. So, we're going to try to answer the question: "Can new technologies facilitate the exchanges?"

23 Jun 2021
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Presentation of The American Dream

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The American dream is the ideal by which equality of opportunity is available to any American, allowing the highest aspirations and goals to be achieved if they just work hard enough. It appeared after the Declaration of Independence in 1776 which proclaims that 'all men are created...

23 Jun 2021
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Humour and Nonsense

Presentation - 1 pages - Humanities/philosophy

My presentation will deal with the theme writer in his society. Writers usually criticize their society by literature to show people that things need to be changed such as those in Victorian Society. But how do writers by using humour and nonsense in their literature manage to criticize the...

23 Jun 2021
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Meeting the Other

Presentation - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

My presentation will deal with the theme meeting the other. In the major parts of literature's pieces, the characters are researched in a psychological way so that the readers recognize themselves into them and learn valuable lessons about life in general. The example of the novels Jane Eyre...

06 May 2021

Baa Baa, Black Sheep - Rudyard Kipling (1888) - Questions and answers

Tutorials/exercises - 1 pages - Linguistics

A tale is told to a child at night while he is put to bed, right before he falls asleep. There are several characters in the scene: Punch, the ayah, the hamal, Meeta, a Surti boy and Judy. Punch is the child who is being told the story and seems to be the son of an important character, as he is...

30 Apr 2021
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The Tell-Tale Heart - Edgar Allan Poe (1843)

Book review - 2 pages - Literature

Edgar Allan Poe is a 19th century American romantic writer best known for his dark and mysterious short stories. 'The Tell-Tale Heart', published in 1843, is one of the most famous ones. It is about a murderous narrator trying to convince the reader of his own sanity by explaining and...

29 Apr 2021
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The Great Depression and World War II (1929-45) in U.S. Literature

Essay - 6 pages - Literature

The confidence of the Jazz Age died in 1929 with the Crash. As the nation threatened to disintegrate, the American writer recognized the fragility of its coherence ; capitalism and industry could no longer be trusted to sustain an egalitarian society that could guarantee the welfare of...

28 Apr 2021
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Transhumanism and his symbol/meaning : do you agree?

Essay - 1 pages - Humanities/philosophy

Seen as the future of society by many scientists, transhumanism is nowadays something that we have a lot to discover. This image shows the symbol created for transhumanism. Its design has been thought; the ‘+' means development, an improvement, so humans can no longer bound to their...

19 Apr 2021
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Catcher in the Rye - J. D. Salinger's (1951)

Book review - 5 pages - Literature

This novel is often considered to have been the bible of the postwar young, the story of Holden Caulfield, an upper-middle-class adolescent schoolboy just on the edge of losing his presocial and presexual innocence - which he is able to express, like Huckleberry Finn, in his own vivid...

31 Mar 2021
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Is the American Dream a myth ?

Essay - 2 pages - Humanities/philosophy

The American dream is the notion that the American social, economic, and political system makes success possible for everyone. It's linked to the notion of the ‘self-made man : the idea that, with enough work & dedication, anybody can climb the social ladder and become wealthy....

15 Mar 2021

In what way storytelling helped shape feminism in our current society?

Essay - 3 pages - Humanities/philosophy

I choose the notion of the Idea of Progress. To illustrate this notion, I decided to talk about the idea of progress in feminism. Before I start, I'd like to give a quick definition of the notion: the idea of progress can be defined as an improvement, a development or a change. As a...

07 Mar 2021
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The Blood Runs Like a River Through My Dream - Nasdijj, Timothy Patrick Barru (2020)

Book review - 6 pages - Literature

The Blood Runs like a River Through My Dreams (2000) is the memoir of a man, Nasdiij (the author) who writes about his life and feelings. Being of mixed Caucasian and Navajo decent, Nasdijj feels like he does not belong to any of those groups. Nasdijj has a hard life, his dad beat him, his mom...

04 Mar 2021
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The Blindfold - Siri Hustvedt - Post-modernism

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

'There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false.' Is a quotation from Harold Pinter that illustrates the ideas of the post-modernist movement,...

04 Mar 2021
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Beat Generation - Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

'Follow your inner moonlight, don't hide the madness' is a quote by Allen Ginsberg that embodies the ideas that members of the literary and social 'beat generation' movement advocate. The later was created in the 1950s at the end of the Second World War, mainly by two young...

22 Feb 2021
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Places and forms of power - What is the role of money in our society in our lives ?

Essay - 1 pages - Humanities/philosophy

I am going to talk about the notion of places and forms of power. First, I would like to give a definition of power. Power is the ability to control others and to make things happen despite obstacles, resistance, or opposition. This, of course, leads to conflict between those who have and...

16 Feb 2021
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Oedipus The King - Sophocles (425 B.C.) - The Dramatic Power of Fate

Text commentary - 3 pages - Literature

Over the centuries, people have believed in the influence of divine or diabolical power in their lives. One of the most often discussed themes of ancient Greek tragedy is fatalism, the idea and belief that human actions are guided by the hand of fate, destiny, the gods or some other supernatural...

08 Feb 2021
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How you think EAP is different from general English?

Essay - 1 pages - Linguistics

English for Academic Purpose (EAP) is a course included in the preparatory program of the bachelor's degree in order to improve students' capacities in English. Some students argue that EAP is like the secondary school English system but a little more advanced in that EAP represents a...

03 Feb 2021
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The Appointment in Samarra - W. Somerset Maugham (1933) - Encounter with Death

Essay - 2 pages - Literature

Terrorising and scary, death has always been a threatening subject. Although nobody wants to think about dying, we all wonder when Death is going to take us. In the fable "The Appointment in Samarra" by W. Somerset Maugham (1933), the author demonstrates that humans cannot avoid their fate. When...

03 Feb 2021
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The House of Mirth (Edith Wharto, 1905) and Passing (Nella Larsen, 1929) - Women identity issues in the early twentieth century

Essay - 3 pages - Literature

The House of Mirth (Edith Wharton) and Passing (Nella Larsen) are novels presenting female characters struggling to fit into the 20th century society. At the time, women were not very independent and had almost no means to earn a living. In The House of Mirth, Lily Bart's parents died and in...