Monday, 11 August 2008

Topics for Assignment - II BA English Litt., Students...:

Paper: The Victorian Age
Points to Note before you start working on your Assignment:

The essays should be about 12 to 15 pages in length, proofed, and well thought-out. I see these assignments as a chance for you to explore more thoroughly some of the topics we have discussed / we will be discussing in class.

Also, when you write the essays, be sure to use examples from the text of the novel concerned. JANE EYRE, A TALE OF TWO CITIES etc., have some very usable quotes: use them to your advantage.

No further extension of the prescribed deadline is permissible under any circumstances. Creativity, Neatness and Originality will be rewarded suitably. I would also like to add that I really enjoy reading your essays. All the best!!!

Ankita Harihar – In what ways might Jane Eyre be considered a feminist novel? What points does the novel make about the treatment and position of women in Victorian society? On a modern parallel, imagine Jane Eyre belonged to the present generation. What would have been the modern Jane Eyre's reactions to the atrocities against her? Discuss.

Ebarish Rebe, R – Compare and contrast some of the characters who serve as foils throughout Jane Eyre: Blanche to Jane, St. John to Rochester, and, perhaps, Bertha to Jane and so on. How do these contrasts aid the development of the book’s themes?

Nadhiya, N - Discuss the resurrection theme in A Tale of Two Cities. Which characters are “recalled to life”? How?

Riyukta Raghunath - One of the questions in the background of the book Jane Eyre is, What makes a lady? Is it birth, breeding, experience, money, or something else? What is the novel's answer? And what is your personal answer?

Shruthi M.T - Discuss Dickens’s attitude toward the French Revolution. Does he sympathize with the revolutionaries?

Sudha, S - How does Dickens reconcile his distaste for the Revolution with his identity as a social crusader? Does he believe in the people's right to revolt under an oppressive government?

Ajit Daniel, C - Discuss Jane as a narrator and as a character. What sort of voice does she have? How does she represent her own actions? Does she seem to be a trustworthy storyteller, or does Brontë require us to read between the lines of her narrative? In light of the fact that people who treat Jane cruelly (John Reed, Mrs. Reed, Mr. Brocklehurst) all seem to come to unhappy endings, what role does Jane play as the novel’s moral center?

Arunan, M - Attempt a character sketch of Jane Eyre.

Dayananth, J – Write a note on Realism in Jane Eyre.

Isaac Ebenezer, J - Keep a list of all the major female characters. What is each like? How is she like or unlike Jane? In what sense may she serve as a role model, either positive or negative, for Jane? What parallels are there between Jane and any of these other characters?

Karthick, J.R - What are the things you like about Jane Eyre, the girl, and what do you dislike about her. Discuss the good things that society can learn from a novel like JANE EYRE.

Mainar, V – Write a note on Miss.Temple and Helen Burns. How do they influence the life of Jane Eyre.

Praburaj, D- Examine the theme of resurrection in the novel "A Tale of Two Cities." Which characters are brought back to life and how? Is there any situation from which resurrection is impossible?

Samuel Finny, M - Does the plot's reliance on fate and coincidence--including the resemblance of Carton to Darnay, the discovery of Dr. Manette's document, and the double recognition of Solomon Pross a.k.a. John Barsad by Miss Pross and Jerry Cruncher--make the story less believable or less powerful, in the novel "A Tale of Two Cities"

Thirumoorthy, N – Write a note on the female characters in Jane Eyre and suggest in what sense each of them serves as a role model, either positive or negative, for Jane? What parallels are there between Jane and any of these other characters?

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