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  • Sir Philip Sidney
    In Sir Philip Sidney's "Sonnet XXXI", the writer is addressing the moon. In the first two lines, he is commenting on the pale, sad appearance of the moon, and then, in the remainder of...

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    Here are a number of quotes. The page numbers in my book may not be the same page numbers as your book. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view —...

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  • Macbeth
    According to Aristotle, in Poetics, the following characteristics are representative of a tragic hero: 1. The tragic hero is a character of noble stature and has greatness. This should be...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    I teach my students that the exposition accomplishes three purposes: provides background information, establishes the setting, and introduces the characters. The exposition ends with the inciting...

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  • Hamlet
    A tragic flaw is the failing of a tragic hero, a character who suffers a downfall through the tragic flaw in mistaken choices or in personality. Hamlet’s tragic flaw is his inability to act to...

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    Boo Radley is the town recluse and the object of a lot of scrutiny and gossip. He is a main curiosity for the town's children, especially Jem and Scout, because of the rumors and mystery...

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    1 educator answer.

  • Of Mice and Men
    Steinbeck presents several themes in this work: loneliness, the elusiveness of the American Dream, and victimization. The feeling of loneliness is palpable throughout the book. The men on the...

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    5 educator answers.

  • The Hunger Games
    One of the most prevalent themes in The Hunger Games is survival, and keeping your humanity and dignity as you try to survive. Katniss and Peeta must survive the games of course, but they also must...

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    4 educator answers.

  • 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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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    A metaphor is literary tool used to compare two things, without the use of the words like or as.

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  • William Shakespeare
    The answers above fall into a bit of a trap - the matter is far more complicated than they suggest: as there are at least two plays which we think Shakespeare wrote which have not survived. Meres...

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    5 educator answers.

  • Romeo and Juliet
    Romeo and Juliet was written by Shakespeare early on in his literary career, most probably in 1594 or 1595.

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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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  • As You Like It
    Ah, a fun question. This quotation has several meanings. First, and most simply, it means we all have roles to play. We like to think we are independent, and that we choose how we act, but in...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Please consider these examples: skinny, thin, and slender. These three words all mean being underweight. But the connotations differ since the suggested meanings of skinny and thin are more...

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  • Romeo and Juliet
    "Romeo and Juliet" begins with a triple pun on the word collier (coal vendor) which sound like choler (anger) and collar(hangman's noose). (I,i,1-4)Here are some others:Give me a torch....

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  • The Masque of the Red Death
    The red death is symbolic for death (of course). No matter how luxurious the house, how nice our clothes, no one escapes death.The rooms in the palace, lined up in a series, symbolize the stages...

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  • William Shakespeare
    There is no way that this quote is from any Shakespeare play. Among other things, it sounds nothing like the kind of language that is used in the plays Shakespeare wrote. I Googled it, and one...

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  • The Necklace
    The theme of the short story, "The Necklace" is to be happy with who you are and what you have. Madame Loisel lived in the middle class society but longed to be a member of high society....

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    3 educator answers.

  • The Most Dangerous Game
    There are several themes for this short story, but most important among them would be the theme of cruelty and violence, the theme of morality, the theme of individual versus society, and the theme...

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  • Romeo and Juliet
    If the assignment/ task is to identify six songs that could capture the spirit of the play, I think you will have a great many responses through which you will have to wade. I would propose that...

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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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  • Hamlet
    In addition to the devices listed above, you could also consider such elements of the play itself such as structure, methods of characterization, and theme. You could also look for examples of...

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  • Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?
    The way Friend leers at Connie, you might think these numbers are a woman's measurements: bust 33, waist 19, hips 17; but that would make an unusual looking woman. Perhaps he is referring to John...

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    Here are two good ones; hope they help you out! "Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were...

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    3 educator answers.

  • 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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  • Lord of the Flies
    The island itself is an allegory for society. The author shows that, like children stranded on a deserted island, society can break down due to bad leadership, mob mentality, and a lack of true...

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  • William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare died at the age of 52, on April 23, 1616. Based on the date of the Old Style, or Julian, calendar of his time. Based on the New Style, or Gregorian, calendar, the date is May...

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  • Romeo and Juliet
    Romeo and Juliet are desperate to be together, but at this point in the play (Act II, sceneii), they have not come up with a plan to spend their lives together as they would wish.  Juliet...

    Asked by aarontoh on via web

    3 educator answers.

  • 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...

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  • 1984
    If I was to ask this question of a student, I would expect you to write a description of Winston.

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  • William Wordsworth
    In his famous ode to nature, William Wordsworth says that the child in every person teaches him to appreciate nature beginning with the simple beauty of rainbows and by implication, other natural...

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  • The Kite Runner
    The kite contests are symbolic of carefree moments that either precede or follow traumatic events.The beginning of the novel (page #'s will vary) casts the kite contest as the last good time...

    Asked by meghanator1229 on via web

    2 educator answers.

  • Hamlet
    When he states "get thee to a nunnery" to Ophelia, he is expressing pent-up anger towards his mother, who he feels has been unfaithful and incestuous when she married his uncle. At the beginning...

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  • Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist
    "Maktub" means, "it is written." Remember that in Coehlo's novel, one writes their own destiny.Others you meet along your path to are able to help you realize your...

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  • Romeo and Juliet
    Here are a few:The use of a Chorus; classical Greek dramas always include a chorusI.1--Goddess of Morning AuroraI.4--CupidII.1--Venus, Cupid, King Cophetua (not Greek, but still an...

    Asked by dramageek34 on via web

    4 educator answers.

  • Rabindranath Tagore
    Included in the volume called Naibedya, the original poem bears the title ' Prarthana' i.e. prayer. The poem is a prayer to a universal father-figure, presumably, God. The poet wishes to be...

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  • Hamlet
    Some of the most familiar quotations in the English language are found in Polonious's advice to Laertes and are considered good advice, among them, (1) "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" and (2)...

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    1 educator answer.

  • Hamlet
    What the soliloquies all have in common is a juxtaposition between a harsh reality of an immoral world with his idealistic Christian reality. Each of his speeches, in one way or another,...

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  • Macbeth
    Shakespeare's Macbeth is a stark reminder how illusions of grandeur and a false sense of security, can shake even the most solid foundations, such as the marriage between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth,...

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    4 educator answers.

  • Literature
    I am sensing frustration on your part. Perhaps you don't like reading? When my students tell me they don't like to read, my answer is always, "Keep looking. You haven't found a book yet that...

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    7 educator answers.

  • The Lottery
    There are several major themes in "The Lottery." One involves violence. One of the reasons that Jackson wrote the story was to draw attention to the inhumanity of violence. Jackson...

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    1 educator answer.

  • The Road Not Taken
    The major theme in Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken," is about making choices. The speaker in the poem in traveling and comes upon a cross roads or a fork-in-the-road. Here he or she much decide...

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    4 educator answers.

  • The Outsiders
    He means for him to hold on to his innocence and youth as long as he can. More information about the source of quote, which is from a poem by Robert Frost, in the link below.

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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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    1 educator answer.

  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
    The main themes of the novel include (but are certainly not limited to): 1. The innocence of childhood. Bruno and Shmuel share a great deal in common but perhaps what is most striking is the...

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  • William Shakespeare
    The Globe Theater in London is the most famous site of Shakespeare's productions. Working class peasants paid a week's salary to buy a seat in the theater. The "groundlings" paid less to stand in...

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    4 educator answers.

  • Hamlet
    Hamlet tells himself that he can't kill the King while he is praying. But the real reason is probably that Hamlet can never make up his mind. Coleridge said that Hamlet "thinks too much." Hamlet...

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    5 educator answers.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    Primarily, Atticus teaches his children about tolerance, and he is an example of this to his neighbors and community through his interactions. Although Atticus is assigned Tom Robinson's case,...

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    2 educator answers.

  • The Story of an Hour
    There are two main themes in "The Story of an Hour.” Identity and Selfhood—Chopin examines issues of “female self-discovery and identity” through having her main character demonstrate...

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    2 educator answers.

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