Is Tess in ‘Tess of the d'Urbervilles' portrayed as being responsible for her own demise? [pdf 40 KB]
Yours is a beautifully clear essay. You write very well, and your prose is delightful to read. You've also done your research and it shows. There is a remarkable lack of vagary about society or feminism in your piece, and you've picked canny quotes from your secondary sources that elucidate and situate your arguments.
You've also located some wonderfully specific quotations from your primary source to support your argument that Hardy's narrator sympathises with Tess. Some of your close readings are wonderfully astute, as when you point out that Tess implores Angel, rather than commanding him. Slightly less persuasive is your assertion that Tess is the victim of Alec's eyes; I suspect you might have found better quotations, descriptions, or incidents denouncing Alec's gaze.
You are clearly very good at pursuing and proving an argument. I encourage you to be a bit more experimental in your next essay; perhaps choose a less straightforward topic and see where it takes you.
Please see penciled notes throughout on shortening sentences and watching for comma splices (please look this term up in a style manual if it is unfamiliar).
Analyzing the Influence of Martin Luther King Junior's "I Have A Dream" Speech on the Success of Barrack Obama's Presidential Campaign
When Martin Luther King delivered his “I have a dream” speech, it was thought to be the perfect speech, delivered at the perfect time, at a perfect place; using the perfect vocabulary with perfect timing. King’s speech was inspirational to everyone, it was delivered at the tomb of Abraham Lincoln (honest Abe), and the choice of words were evenly balanced and excellently delivered. King’s speech was perfect for the age and time it was delivered, Barak Obama must have got his speech for the presidential campaign at a similar pitch a he got the job, with his we can do it attitude.
The timing of the delivery of the speeches by both men were spot on as the people were ready for a change, they were ready for progression. It was felt that for Martin Luther King and President Obama both spoke for the people and their views at those points in political history. It should not be a major point that both King and Obama are both black, their speeches were aimed at everyone, black, white, and every shade in between. The important aspect to look at is the design of the speech that both men used and their use of positive language and delivery of their message.
On the other hand the speech made by both King and Obama, have been seen as racist. This is only possible it you take out particular phrases and view them in isolation or the rest of the speech. King meant his speech to be about all of the oppressed, not just black people. Sometimes no matter how carefully you craft your words so as not to offend, someone will usually quote you out of context.
For Obama, the place of delivery of his speech in the presidential campaign, although not perfect in comparison to King’s still worked well for him. He understood his audience and this shows by his carefully chosen and crafted words. Just like King, Obama was speaking to everyone.
There is a comparison between the two speeches, but as Martin Luther King’s speech was so memorable for so many reasons as discussed earlier, surely by using the tactics for his speech for the presidential campaign, President Obama was choosing to build on what was already a successful formula for a speech that needed great impact and identification with his audience. The strategies borrowed from King certainly did not lessen Mr. Obama’s speech in any way.