Analysis of Literary Works

Anindita Rhine

Catherine in A View From the Bridge

How does the character of Catherine change in A View From the Bridge? 

Arthur Miller’s ‘A View From the Bridge’ depicts the development of the female character, Catherine, from a young girl to a mature woman in 1950s America while also depicting the attitudes, responsibilities and roles of females during that time. Miller presents Catherine’s growth by showing her in relation to other characters around her, such as …

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The Failed Journey of Blanche Dubois in a Streetcar Named Desire

The Failed Journey of Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire

Williams brings forth an element of contrast when sketching the background setting of the play while also drawing the character of Blanche. The play begins with the audience looking through the outward lens – where the background showcases the lives of Northern Americans, with cheap gossip, business talks and the music of the ‘blue piano’ …

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Active and Passive Voice

Active and passive voice can be riddled with technical jargon, confusing learners of the English language rather unnecessarily.  A simpler version of learning how active and passive voice works is simply identifying the meaning of the words ‘active’ and ‘passive’.  Active generally refers to something or someone that is at the forefront of an action, …

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Remember by Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti’s poem, ‘Remember’ foretells the aftermath of her death on her lover, where the poem starts with the imperative verb and the repetition of the title ‘Remember’ to emphasise the human’s posthumous desire to exist after death through memories. Rossetti explores self-effacing love, capturing gestures of love with the conjunction of disruption in this …

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The Contrariness of Character for Hamlet

Hamlet, here not only presents the overwhelming burden of a man unable to live and unable to die, but also presents the human contradiction in which, despite how grand and majestic we are, we all end up as a dust in the earth; our lives are only transient and never truly significant.

The Hunchback in the Park | Dylan Thomas

To read the poem, click here. ‘The Hunchback in the Park’ symbolises human isolation, specifically human isolation contrived through the ostracising and denouncement of a hunchback, for reasons relating to both his physical deformity and social destitution. Thomas is keen on producing poetry that looks back to his childhood, and the ‘Hunchback’ is another such …

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Hamlet as a Revenge Tragedy

In the Elizabethan Jacobean period, the work of Senecan revenge drama was interwoven in the English stage, with dramatists often cleaving to the dynamics of Senecan literature, Shakespeare being no different. Hamlet has aspects of a typical Seneca drama braided into its structure, from the existence of a ghost catalysing the requisite of vengeance to …

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