The film Gladiator provokes a flood of emotion which many people cannot handle. The audience is left feeling sad, angry, happy and wanting more. This catharsis of emotions is what Aristotle wanted from a tragedy and exactly what Ridley Scott achieved which is why Gladiator is such a good film. The conventions of a tragedy as set by […]

In the Gladiator, Maximus is an example is an Aristotle tragic hero. An Arisitoliean tragic hero possess’s five specific characteristics; hamartia, peripeteia, anagnorisis, hubris, nemesis. Hamartia is a flaw or error of judgment. Peripeteia is a reversal of fortune brought about because of the hero’s error in judgment. Anagnorisis is the recognition that the reversal was brought […]

It is the way that characters change in a text that makes it worth reading A text that is worth reading makes you think about yourself, and the society around you. The people that surround you and the routines that you follow in society shape who you are as a person and what you believe in. […]

The Plot Timeline We are introduced to Edmund, the illegitimate son of Gloucester  Lear wants to divide the kingdom between his three daughters and their husband King Lear still wants to be king but doesn’t want to do all the work  He will decide who to give the most to by whichever daughter loves him the […]

Dream. Damp air cuts your skin as it blows in the wind. Your body is bare, covered only by a small, white nightgown, just brushing the top of your knees and leaving your shoulders exposed. Burning on the road as each little bump pierces your skin, your feet scuff along, unable to find the strength […]

The Common Man   We, together as a class, are a group of school students. Aged between 16 and 17, all we want is freedom and in a school this freedom will be given to us best by having no compulsory NCEA subjects. Why do we have to be limited by the subjects we have […]

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.”The Shawshank Redemption is an award winning film, grasping the attention of the audience through the theme of hope inspiring freedom. The Shawshank Redemption, directed by Frank Darabont, explores the lives of the inmates in Shawshank, especially that of Andy […]

Boys, before you groan and sigh I want you to hear me out, because I am not going to stand up here for 10 minutes ranting on about equality and women’s rights, i’m going to stand up here and rant about the fact that you will groan and sigh at the thought of feminism because […]

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