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The Collector (John Fowles) - A Critical Analysis

The Collector - John FowlesFredrick Clegg, the abnormal kidnapper featured in John Fowles “The Collector”, has obvious problems both in coming to terms with his own self and developing and maintaining normal human relationships. He holds a common disregard for social rules, norms and cultural codes, as well as an indifference to the rights and feelings of others; all of which are the common characteristics of a person of sociopathic nature. However, the blame for the development of this disorder cannot be placed on him alone, as the major causes include parental neglect and great shocks within childhood; both of which Clegg helplessly had to experience.
In addition to an assessment of Clegg's mental condition, and the extent to which it has been shaped by childhood experiences, this critical analysis of the novel also examines key ideas about the novel's characters and their relationship, the author's use of point of view to manipulate the reader’s response to the characters and ideas in the novel, the significance of Miranda’s relationship with G.P, how the context (personal background, social, political, cultural influences etc.) of John Fowles may have influenced the construction of the novel, and lastly I give my personal opinion of the novel's conclusion, and explain how it is important in terms of the writer’s overall purpose. Read more...

I Have a Dream – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Martin Luther King JrThe purpose of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C on the 28th of August 1963 before more than 200,000 people, was to encourage the enactment of change amongst the American people, and government, in relation to their improper views towards different races or ethnic groups in their society. Although Jews, Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics are mentioned, King places particular emphasis on the black Americans being victims, speaking of them from both personal and professional levels. Kings mission was to place significant pressure on the government (in particular Congress in regards to passing the Civil Rights Bill) and its people, by noting the errors of their ways and the promises which have undoubtedly not been kept throughout history. He demands change and provides solutions, and in doing so wanted to influence the nation to come together as one, therefore abolishing the long lasting unjust division between the American people. Although there was already a growing civil-rights movement across the country at the time, Martin Luther King’s speech successfully, and quite effectively, galvanized it.
Other points of analysis include the speech's key ideas and structure, its social context, its impact, relevant background information on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the verbal techniques and language devices he used to make his speech have the huge impact it did, and later become one of the most memorable speeches of all time. Read more...

American Idiot (Green Day) - Song Tutorial

American Idiot - Single CoverReleased on the 14th of September, 2004, Green Day’s outstanding single “American Idiot” peaked highly on charts around of the world, and is even credited by some for reviving the bands career. The song itself is situated on an album carrying the same name; an album which would see a new genre of music be born. The album “American Idiot” has been labelled by the media and other music buffs as punk-rock opera, and the single and first track “American Idiot” is its opening. Being a punk-rock opera, each of the albums tracks relate to each other in some form or another and are set out in linear time progression, with the main themes presented dealing with the nature of individuality and rebellion. It tells the story of a young individual who is trying to figure out who he is and where he belongs, and just like a story his journey has its ups, its downs and an inspiring ending – which are all presented throughout the albums tracks. The story and album opens appropriately with the song “American Idiot”, in which the confused individual presents to us his evaluation of the society around him...
Includes an analysis of the song's lyrics, context, subject matter, mood/emotions, purpose/themes and how particular techniques have been employed by the song writer to evoke a certain response from the listener, or to aid in conveying key themes or ideas. Read more...


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