Literature Essay Topics

English coursework (Oscar Wilde)

In an essay of 3-4 pages discuss how Oscar Wilde uses stereotypes and concepts from traditional fairy-tales and in invert them in his short stories. In the majority of Oscar Wilde’s fairytales there are numerous stereotypical characters and concepts. In an exemplary fairytale there is the philanthropic character, who is very important to the format… View Article

Culture Clash in “Two Kinds” and “Dead Mans Path”

The culture clash in Two kinds occurs between Amy Tan who has become “Americanized” and her mother who is still very much under Chinese influence. Amy’s mum believes strongly in “The American Dream” “My mother believed you could be anything you wanted to be in America” Shows the large amount of Aspiration and hope in… View Article

Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Analysis of northern lights how the author presents the characters within the novel for example looking at animal symbolism. Lord Asriels daemon is the Snow leopard. It is elegant as it moves with grace and speed, it seems royal as she slinks with confidence an power in every stride. Lord Ariel is a serious man… View Article

“To Sir, With Love” by E. R. Braithewaite

In his novel, “To Sir, With Love”, E. R. Braithewaite traces the course of his relationship with his unruly charges, as a teacher in a rough school in London. I think Braithewaite was a resounding success, as he progressed from ‘a new blackie teacher’ to ‘Sir, with Love’, as he moulded the lives of his… View Article

Message vs. Style in Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

“The message is more important than the style”. I totally disagree with this statement in the context of Things Fall Apart as I believe that in this particular work, the message is of equivalent importance to the style; to have a particular writing style whose sole purpose is found in informing readers as to the… View Article

The Illustrated Man

Ray Bradbury wrote The Illustrated Man in 1951. The general context of that time in the USA had a powerful impact on the themes he chose to base his book on. The Second World War had seen horrific crimes against humanity, dictatorship and a change in family life which was due to both the huge… View Article

Form and Structure of ‘Abigail’s Party’ Emily Huntley

Mike Leigh’s ‘Abigail’s Party’ was primarily shown on television and wasn’t initially meant for the stage, until it was realised how successful it was. The plot is based around a mirror of two party’s, one involving 5 adults all living in the same estate but of very contrasting backgrounds and classes which Mike Leigh also… View Article

How Important is Setting in Gulliver’s Travels?

Gulliver’s Travels was written in 1726 by Johnathan Swift. Swift was a very outspoken member of the Church of England. His previous book, The Tale of a Tub satirized the feuds between Catholics and Protestants, and ruined his chances of being a bishop with its unpopularity. Swift uses setting in Gulliver’s Travels to reveal his… View Article

The Landlady by Roald Dahl

Slightly shocked from the answer to the question just asked, Billy took another sip of his tea frantically trying to think of something to say. Placing the cup of Tea onto the coaster he took a gasp complementing on the tea, the landlady smiling as he did so. And then without warning he just blurted… View Article

Shylock: Victim or Villain?

‘The Merchant of Venice’ is a play written by William Shakespeare between 1594-1597, it is said to be his most suspenseful comedy. It’s rumoured that sources of inspiration for this play are a story called ‘The Simpleton by Giovanni Fiorentino and Christopher Marlowe’s play, ‘The Jew of Malta’ in 1589. Although, ‘The Merchant of Venice’… View Article

The friendship that exists with Stephen and Keith

In the first chapter of Michael Frayn’s novel ‘Spies’, amongst the limited amount of characters introduced, is Keith. The reader is given no background knowledge about him, only that “Does he ever think about the things that happened that summer?” meaning that Keith is a significant person as it is implied that he shared the… View Article

English Comparison

‘Superman and Paula brown’s new snowsuit’ by Sylvia Plath is set in the Boston area of New England and it’s possible that Plath based it on her own childhood as there are some parallels in the details she mentions. It is also about a specific time, sometime between 1939 and 1945, as it mentions the… View Article

The ‘Judge’s House’ and ‘The Monkey’s Paw’

Compare the ways in which the two writers create an atmosphere of mystery and fear in the ‘Judge’s House’ and ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ The two stories, ‘The Judge’s House’ and ‘The Monkey’s Paw’ were both written in the Gothic genre in Victorian times, in the 1900’s. Because of this both stories are influenced by Victorian… View Article