I remember a roadside, very clearly I remember a roadside. It was narrow and empty, stretching out on either side were rice fields, they ran on for miles, crisscrossed with smaller roads that lead to little neighbourhoods, to shops, to a preschool. I remember sitting, clutching at my rainbow tights watching the blood soak through […]

The Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott is the modern cinematic example of a classic formulaic tragedy. Its main character Maximus is the picture of an archetypal tragic hero. Following the main plot points of a Greek Tragedy, the film portrays Maximus’ original state of power and prestige and then his sudden fall from fortune. His hamartia (fatal […]

Plan: Introduction: what the film is, explaining the film and the genre and how they interact paragraph 1 use of symbolism motif: weather, scene 1 and slave scene costume: lighting soundscape genre conventions ESSAY The Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott is the modern cinematic example of a classic formulaic tragedy. Its main character Maximus is the […]

“this tempest will not give me leave to ponder”   The storm raging outside while Lear references his own internal ‘tempest’ is representative in its self of the  chaos and intrusive burden of his own madness on his decision making possibilities. As someone says “this storm will turn us all to fools and madmen” and […]

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD ESSAY Analyse how supposedly insignificant events or details revealed one or more significant themes. Introduction Fear of the unknown Walking around in someone else’s shoes The quintessential goodness of some- good verses evil Paragraph 1   “Maycomb county had just been told that the only thing to fear was fear itself” […]