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THE POOR PEDDLER JOHN DURBEYFIELD

Plot Overview The poor peddler John Durbeyfield is stunned to learn that he is the descendent of an ancient noble family, the d’Urbervilles. Meanwhile, Tess, his eldest daughter, joins the other village girls in the May Day dance, where Tess br [...]


The tempest: the plot

The tempest: the plot A storm strikes a ship carrying Alonso, Ferdinand, Sebastian, Antonio, Gonzalo, Stefano, and Trinculo, who are on their way to Italy after coming from the wedding of Alonso’s daughter, Claribel. They encounter a viol [...]


AUGUSTAN AGE

AUGUSTAN AGE The English Renaissance ends with the dead of Elizabeth I, a great supporter of the drama, the literature and the arts. During the reign of queen Anne (1702-1714) broke out the succeeded war in Spain that ended with the Utrecht [...]


HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad

HEART OF DARKNESS by Joseph Conrad LIFE Joseph Conrad was born in 1857, in the Russian-dominated Ukraine, of Polish parents, both of whom died when he was quite young. He sailed all over the world, but mainly to the Far East, whi [...]


THE SCARLET LETTER – Nathaniel Howthorne

THE SCARLET LETTER – Nathaniel Howthorne In Puritan Boston Hester Prynne was accused of adultery and the leading men of the Puritan settlement decided that Hester had to stand on the platform for three hours where everyone could see her. Then, [...]


MILAN CITY

MILAN CITY MILAN IS THE MAIN CITY IN NORTHERN ITALY AND IS LOCATED IN THE PLAINS OF LOMBARDY, THE MOST DEVELOPED OF THE ITALIAN REGIONS. IT IS THE ECONOMIC- FINANCIAL CAPITAL OF ITALY. IN FACT MILAN IS THE CENTRE OF MANY FINANCIAL BUSIN [...]


BRITAIN 1625-1702

BRITAIN 1625-1702 It’s very important for us to have a clear idea of the religious make-up of the country. There were 3 groups:   The Church of England à this was the official state Church as established by Henry VIII and it di [...]


I MODALI

I MODALI Dovere must → simple present (es: he must study harder)  → rappresenta dovere, ordine personale. should → pres condizionale, dovrei, è una forma più lieve, è un cons [...]


Frankenstein

Frankenstein   Frankenstein  is a novel by Mary Shelley an English novelist  married to the notable Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. She born in London, and she was the second daughter of famed feminist, educator and writer Mary Wol [...]


William Butler Yeats (1865-1939)

William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) The biography of William Butler Yeats is inseparable from the history of Irish nationalism. Both in turn provide major themes for his poetry. Born in Dublin in 1865 into a professional middle-class family, [...]


Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway Life: born in Chicago 1899 he loved sports (fishing/hunting trips with father). Struggle against nature: if a man fights skilfully he will be rewarded. After graduating he worked as a reporter for a local newspaper. During [...]


Hoax! Michael’s bruises were fake

Hoax! Michael’s bruises were fake This article is taken form the “National Enquires” that is the most gossip magazine in America. For Michael Jackson new legal problems are growing. He was already accused of child molestation, now he is [...]


My dream car

My dream car My dream car looks like a Ferrari Superamerica. Its design makes it the only among the other car and it will be produced in a limited number of samples. It is really special and innovative because it is endowed with a crystal r [...]


THE SONNET

THE SONNET The term sonnet derives from the Italian sonetto, a little sound or song. The first example we have are by Giacomo da Lentini but the sonnet established its importance as a poetic form with Petrarch’s Canzoniere. The poets who came af [...]


JAMES JOYCE (1882-1941)

JAMES JOYCE (1882-1941)                                                                  Like other European writers of the time he was interested in all aspects of modern culture, including Freudian psychoanalysis and the experimentation [...]


THE VERBE TENSES

THE VERBE TENSES The Present Tenses                                                                      The Simple Present    Affirmative Negative Interrogative I love He/she/ [...]


BUSINESS

BUSINESS 1)     Asking for Information or Details. Verbs… -         inform (informare) -         let us know (facci sapere) [...]


HOUSES IN BRITAIN

HOUSES IN BRITAIN Terraced houses are very common. These are long lines of houses all joined together. They were often originally built as homes for factory workers 100 years ago. They are small houses with not many rooms although ma [...]


The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde lived in a time of uncertainty, sadness and sterility, “le  fin de siécle”. The most acute talents understood that an old world, with its familiar landmarks, was expiring, and a new one, still lacking [...]


THE IRISH QUESTION

THE IRISH QUESTION I During WWI England had to face different problems inside and outside its boundaries: outside was WWI; inside there were Ireland and India which asked for independence from the old country (=la vecchia madrepatria, cio&e [...]



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