Way of the Dragon is the third book in the Young Samurai series and in my opinion is so far the best one. The series is about a young English boy who sails to Japan with his father but is ambushed by a ninja called Dokugan Ryu(Dragon Eye). Now the lone survivor of his crew, Jack is stranded in Japan with no friends or family until he is rescued and adopted by a samurai and taught their ways.

The best thing about the series is that it is fast paced and actions packed and the third book definitely sticks to the same trend. As soon as the book starts their is immediate action and interrogation which hooks you into the story. It links nicely into the last book and not much explanation is needed to fill in the gap.

The characters continue to be developed well and the bonds between different characters strengthen and create a better atmosphere for this very eventful book. The story builds up to a climactic finish where the main character is forced to make multiple difficult decisions. The Way of the Dragon encompasses multiple emotions as it contains a good balance of romance, victory and death(however this book is particularly high in death).

This book does rid itself of many influential and popular characters that do not appear in any of the later books. This does leave a large dent in the novels that can be seen as a positive or negative thing. In my opinion some of these characters are too well developed to be so permanently be removed from the series. On the other hand though this could just be seen as a way to move along the story.

As a whole this series is an excellent read and this book is especially gripping and tense. The series gives you a deep insight into the Japanese culture, history and traditions. I would rate this book five stars and I would highly recommend it.

The character of Lady Macbeth is highly developed and is intricate in the complexity of her personality. Shakespeare guides us very strongly about how to interpret Lady Macbeth as most people would have a similar if not the same impression of Lady Macbeth.

The use of dramatic irony is very important and influential in the character of lady Macbeth. There is many scenes where Lady Macbeth will make comments and have monologues behind Macbeth’s back. ‘But I worry about whether or not you have what it takes to seize the crown.’ This quote is when Lady Macbeth receives Macbeth’s letter regarding the witches prophecy. She is saying that Macbeth has potential and ambition but has no evil streak. This shows Lady Macbeth wishing she were in the shoes of Macbeth and could kill the king herself. This really clarifies the evilness that most anticipate to appear in Lady Macbeth. One of the most common aspects of an evil person is someone who talks behind other peoples backs and Lady Macbeth clearly shows this through her dramatic irony and monologues. Also Macbeth not knowing about what Lady Macbeth is saying makes you feel sorry for him and makes you empathise with him; this also means that you begin to dislike lady Macbeth. This method that Shakespeare uses is very clever as it quickly defines the character of Lady Macbeth, and one of the best ways to get someone involved in this story is that having interesting and well known characters. This impression of Lady Macbeth gets even stronger as she manipulates him into doing something that it seems that appears against his character.


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