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  • Essay Lab
    The thing about an autobiographical essay is that you DON'T want to start out with a cheesy beginning. In that case, be sure you DON'T say, "Once upon a time," or "I was born on November 13,...

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  • The Story of My Life
    Helen Keller is the main character in The Story of My Life which is a personal account of Helen's young life after she has a debilitating illness as a baby and is rendered blind and deaf. Annie...

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  • Essay Lab
    For the most part, your grammatical constructions are correct. In the 4th sentence, however, you will want to change the verb took to has taken (present Perfect tense, meaning the action started in...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf is one of the most famous poems in old English. It is about three thousand lines long and the story revolves around three battles. In the poem, Beowulf, a warrior from Geats comes to the...

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  • Beowulf
    In Old English, a "kenning" is a compound expression that has a figurative or metaphorical meaning. An example is "light-of-battle," used to mean a "sword" in the following example from Beowulf:...

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  • Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
    The three main characters of the story are the narrator Jerome, generally known as J to his friends, and George and Harris. All are young and single. Jerome throws in plenty of self-deprecating...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Please consider these examples: skinny, thin, and slender. These three words all mean having less weight on one's body than what might be considered average. But the connotations differ since the...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf possesses many great heroic qualities: Inhuman strength: he is able to defeat Grendel by ripping his arm off; he is able to defeat Grendel's mother by holding his breath an insane length...

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  • Beowulf
    An epic hero has to perform heroic deeds. Beowulf kills Grendel, Grendel's mother, and the dragon, all of which are heroic deeds that no one else was able or willing to take on. The foes that...

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  • Romanticism
    The following are courtesy of my AP Senior English teacher, Andrelle E. McKinsey, more than a decado ago (and I still use them when I teach seniors for a nice reference)... Characteristics of the...

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  • Life of Pi
    Before Yann Martel wrote "Life of Pi," he had written 2 previous novels that had completely flopped. They didn't get very good reviews, and had little or no success in the market. He was feeling...

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  • The Road Not Taken
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth; The two roads...

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  • Beowulf
    A kenning is a figurative literary device, usually a compound expression used in place of a name or noun. Kennings is Old English poetry function in much the same way as epithets in classical epic...

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  • The Crucible
    Arthur Miller is an American playwright who wrote The Crucible in 1952. Thus, the play was written on the heels of World War II, which ended in 1945, and was written during a time in which the...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Prose refers simply to any written piece of work that is built on sentences (and paragraphs) rather than lines or verses (like poetry). Examples/kinds of prose include novels, short stories,...

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  • Beowulf
    One of the first aspects of an epic poem one examines to learn about the society the poem derives from is the characterization of the hero: specifically, what makes the hero a hero. In the case of...

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  • Macbeth
    Macbeth is a play of contradiction and ambition. Driven to becoming King, Macbeth will kill all and any that get in his way. He puts his faith in the words and prophesies of three witches, after...

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  • The Most Dangerous Game
    EXPOSITION. We learn about Rainsford's hunting prowess and his newest expedition to South America, where his yacht is headed while passing through Caribbean waters. RISING ACTION. Rainsford is...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Just because someone, however distinguished, calls something a "fallacy" does not necessarily make it a fallacy or prohibit writers from using it. I see nothing wrong in ascribing human feelings to...

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  • Dante's Inferno
    In Dante's classic, The Divine Comedy, there are three parts to the entire work: Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise. The question at hand is answered in Inferno, Canto 3. As Dante and Virgil, his...

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  • Macbeth
    I wish I could answer that as straightforwardly as you ask it! What the line points to is the play's concern with the discrepancy between appearance and reality: that is, the difference between how...

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  • O. Henry
    This beautifully inspirational tale deals with unselfish sacrifice - how one man was prepared to sacrifice his own well-being and use his talent to save the life of another. Two artists, Johanna...

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  • Beowulf
    Besides both being ferocious fighters, Grendel and Beowulf are very different. Grendel is described as a descendant of Cain, the first murderer in the Bible. This would make him evil in the eyes of...

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  • Romeo and Juliet
    Good question. Juliet's age is, you're quite right, specified by the Nurse and Lady Capulet in Juliet's first scene as not-quite-fourteen. As for Romeo's age, Shakespeare never tells us! We know -...

    Asked by jazlyn on via web

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  • The Most Dangerous Game
    The main conflict in "The Most Dangerous Game" centers on Rainsford being forced to take part in a deadly hunt against Zaroff and Ivan. Zaroff has been looking for a human who was worthy of his...

    Asked by jm930205 on via web

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  • Macbeth
    Macbeth is a tragic hero because he meets three of the four criteria as outlined by Aristotle. According to Aristotle in the Poetics, the following characteristics are representative of a tragic...

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  • The Flowers
    "The Flowers" is a story of losing innocence (or, if you will, of lost innocence). The theme is grounded in a specific racial experience as the story quite poetically relates a young girl's...

    Asked by tina22 on via web

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  • Literature
    I think that the English language is so vitally important because it is spoken in so many parts of the world. Businesses, educational domains, academic domains, and even realms that deal with...

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  • William Shakespeare
    The Shakespeare quotes section on eNotes has an explanation of this quotation -- which begins with Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow...

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  • Beowulf
    In order to begin, one must understand the terms one is trying to identify. A kenning is simply another form of a metaphor. Essentially, a kenning (famous in Anglo-Saxon texts such as Beowulf) is a...

    Asked by noconnectionwse on via web

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  • Colonialism
    The Virginia and Massachusetts Bay colonies both had a number of similarities and differences. They were both colonies of England and settled in roughly the same time period. It early inhabitants...

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  • The Great Gatsby
    F. Scott Fitzgerald manages to define, praise, and condemn what is known as the American Dream in his most successful novel, The Great Gatsby. The novel is set in 1922, and it depicts the American...

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  • Romanticism
    The Romantic movement began somewhere near the end of the 18th century in Western Europe and lasted well into the first half of the 19th century. In part, the movement was a rebellion in response...

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  • The Lady or the Tiger?
    Think about this people. The story explains about her barbaric nature like her father’s. We are also told that her lover “knows” her true nature. If these things are true, the princess would...

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  • The Cask of Amontillado
    “The Cask of Amontillado” is loaded with situational, dramatic, and verbal irony. Examples of situational irony, when one thing is expected but the opposite happens, are numerous. First, the...

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  • Of Mice and Men
    George kills Lennie by shooting him in the back of the head to save him from a more painful death at the hands of Curley, who has vowed to make him suffer for the death of his wife. George loves...

    Asked by crusaderofchaos456 on via web

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  • The Road Not Taken
    There are multiple poetic devices used in Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken. In the first line, the poet used assonance. Assonance is the repetition of a vowel sound within a line of poetry....

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  • The Gift of the Magi
    There are three main themes defined within O. Henry's short story "The Gift of the Magi." Love The theme of love is shown through the selfless actions of both Della and Jim. Each, through a showing...

    Asked by kethi on via web

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  • If
    "If" is written as if a father is talking to his son, giving his son advice on the way to behave to obtain the reputation of being an outstanding citizen of the community and the world. The pattern...

    Asked by somaray67 on via web

    3 educator answers.

  • The Alchemist
    An alchemist is someone who practices "alchemy" which is the speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold One of my favorite works of literature is Paul...

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  • The Story of My Life
    Helen Keller wrote The Story of My Life in order to provide inspiration to others who may not otherwise believe that success can come to a disabled or inflicted person. She knows that it will be...

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    1 educator answer.

  • Orpheus
    The climax of the story occurs when Orpheus travels to the Underworld to look for Eurydice and loses her before the couple can make it to the Upperworld. In the story, Orpheus is in love with the...

    Asked by vivachile286 on via web

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  • Macbeth
    At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a respected general, a devoted husband, and a loyal subject of the king. The first of the witches' prophecies bring out his ambitious nature, but he...

    Asked by kristajoe on via web

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  • Romeo and Juliet
    There are several people that could be blamed for the deaths of these two young people, including their parents, by keeping the feud between the two families going. Mercutio can be blamed, to some...

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  • Jordan Goodman
    This book is about Roger Casement, the Irish-born member of the British Foreign office who investigated King Leopold II of Belgium's horrific actions in the Congo. Casement traveled about the Congo...

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  • Essay Lab
    Book titles are italicized. If you are using a typewriter and can't write in italics, then it is customary to underline the title. Same applies to plays. Titles of poems, short stories, essays,...

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  • Sonnet 55
    This Shakespearean sonnet makes a very bold claim about the power of the speaker's poetry, but it would seem that the fact that we are still reading the poetry today proves that he was right!...

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  • The Man with the Hoe
    There are two answers to this question--two related answers, that is. The first is that in this poem Edwin Markham is responding to a painting: “L’homme à la houe” by Jean-François Millet,...

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    2 educator answers.

  • Beowulf
    There are many differences in the movie, Beowulf, and the original poem. For one, Hrothgar was not the father of Grendel. There is never any mention of either Hrothgar or Beowulf ever being...

    Asked by rhile on via web

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  • The Renaissance
    The Renaissance, or "Rebirth," was a revival of learning and art in Europe after the Dark Ages. Here are major characteristics of this period: 1. The influence of the Italian scholar Petrarch, who...

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