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  • The Cask of Amontillado
    Symbolically, Poe uses the contrast between the fun outside and the dark deeds inside to demonstrate that the most secret wishes and desires of man's heart are often concealed by a false image -...

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  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    Daredevil is similar to Brom in that they are both, "full of mettle and mischief and which no one but himself can manage," which is why they make a good team. The story describes...

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  • Macbeth
    At the end of Act IV, Macduff vows to overthrow Macbeth and return Scotland to the rule of the people. A Scottish nobleman and friends with Duncan and Malcolm, Macduff is the first to suspect...

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  • Literature 101
    Hi Jamie and Company! :)Thanks for the invite! I'm going to go through the Antigone material tonight and tomorrow to catch up (I taught Classical Lit for a couple of years and have read it, so I'm...

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  • Trifles
    This is such a great play...the short story "A Jury of her Peers" is the same idea in a slightly different format.Based on a true story, Glaspell wrote these works after reading a...

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  • Dante's Inferno
    Many of the chararcters Dante encounters in the cantos you mention are his political enemies from Florence. The main page for the summary on enotes lists a circle by circle summary of who is in...

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  • The Tell-Tale Heart
    It is something about the old man's "cloudy, pale blue eye" which incites madness in the narrator. He says that when the old man looks at him, his "blood turns cold". The...

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  • Othello
    Cassio tries to be a good friend, but he has weaknesses. He gets drunk easily, he is easily duped, and tries to renew his relationship with Othello through Desdemona rather than handling the...

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  • To Build a Fire
    The movement of Naturalism came about in conjunction with Darwin's theory concerning evolution and natural selection. Naturalism asserts that humans, instead of being above other animals in the...

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  • Siddhartha
    I assume you mean make a statement about the story in conjunction with the idea of caste. Caste is the Indian social system that separates people into separate categories, from high to low, and...

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee traces the discriminatory practices and the effects of such prejudice as it exists in the fictitious Maycomb County. The story is told through the eyes of Jean...

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  • Hamlet
    I'm assuming you mean Act IV, scene iv, line 33, that begins with "How all occasions do inform against me". If that is the case, this is when Hamlet finally decides to be a man of action...

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  • All My Sons
    Sue, who does not like the Kellers in general and Chris in particular, thinks Chris is distracting her husband Jim from his work. Sue believes that marital happiness is based primarily on...

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  • Dante's Inferno
    Try this one:Heaven and Hell in Comparative Religion with Special Reference to Dante's Divine Comedy (Paperback) by Kaufman Kohler, ISBN: 0766166082This gives a great historical overview of...

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    1 educator answer.

  • The Virginian
    The Virginian hires Scipio to cook when he kicks the other cook off the train. It happens at the beginning of chapter 13.

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  • Macbeth
    Macbeth lets ambition corrupt him immediately upon learning that he has become the new Thane of Cawdor. The fact that one of the witches' prophecies comes true makes him hungry for the rest. His...

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  • The Pit and the Pendulum
    This story is full of symbolism. One could view the entire story as one man's descent into hell (the pit functions as a symbol obviously), then his progression into purgatory (the pendulum serving...

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  • Black Beauty
    The theme of the story entitled " Black Beauty" is the Mistreatment of Animals.You may refer to the given website for further reference. Good luck!

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  • Death of a Salesman
    In Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, the flashbacks are crucial scenes that reinforce the play's emphasis on questionable nostalgia and Willy's own distorted vision of what constitutes the...

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  • The First Seven Years
    I certainly suspected it when Sobel quit his job after the father talks to Max about going out with Miriam. I couldn't imagine why else Sobel would leave the shoemaker because Sobel seemed so...

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  • Julius Caesar
    How would you do things differently, Julius?You are a logical man, yet you repeatedly ignored signs of detriment and danger for your own life--the soothsayer, and Calpurnia's dreams for instance....

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  • The Canterbury Tales
    The theme of the Knight's Tale is that of chivalric love. It is a great example of the medieval romance. With regards to the setting, the story that the Knight is telling the other pilgrims takes...

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  • The Adventure of the Speckled Band
    Most Sherlock Holmes stories are solved with the same formula. Holmes and Watson are usually sought out by someone in distress who tells them of their problem. Then the duo set out to...

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  • Tess of the d'Urbervilles
    In response to what is the point of view of the novel: Hardy uses 3rd person omniscient point of view, which means he presents the story as it is understood by various characters so that we know...

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  • Lyddie
    Lyddie begins her work as a kitchen girl at Cutler's Tavern. She can't believe her mother has sold her and Charlie out as indentured servants, but determines to show her new employers that even...

    Asked by crazygirl on via web

    1 educator answer.

  • The Crucible
    Reverend Parris is not a good minister to his congregation in that he is more worried about himself than others. Notice how Proctor complains that Parris whined until he finally got his...

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  • Macbeth
    All very good. One final thought -- Macbeth is weak. From start to finish, Macbeth is weak. He grows more forceful and sudden in action, but he is just a insecure and bumbling idiot. This play...

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  • The Fat Girl
    The main character is Louise, "the fat girl", whose identity is tied up in issues of weight and eating. All the other characters essentially revolve around Louise such as her friend...

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  • The Dead
    This story is told in third person point of view, meaning that there is an outside narrator. However, the point of view is limited to focus on Gabriel's thoughts only, which allows readers to...

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    1 educator answer.

  • Lord of the Flies
    Jack tells him that he will find the beast and kill him. Ralph tells him there is no beast to worry about. He tries to reassure him, and to focus on getting rescued and having a bit of fun.

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  • Lord of the Flies
    The struggle between civilization and savagery is apparent in this chapter. Ralph feels the priority should be shelter, building huts on the beach.Jack does not care about that, he wants to hunt....

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  • Lord of the Flies
    The rash act of throwing together a fire without thought of consequences is symbolic for what is to come later in the novel. The fire caught on quickly, and took a boys life. This will be the case...

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  • Lamb to the Slaughter
    Mary was calm and complacent during her marriage. She kept a neat house, and waited happily each day for her husband to come home from work. In this way she was much like a lamb.When her husband...

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  • Les Misérables
    Fantine was a worker in M. M.'s factory. Because of the rules of the factory, she was immediately dismissed when it is learned that she has a child out of wedlock. She becomes a prostitute to...

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    1 educator answer.

  • Macbeth
    Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, at the beginning of the play, have a fairly equal marriage. In fact, Lady Macbeth's role in plotting the murder of Duncan shows the partnership of the couple. Lady...

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  • Araby
    Often in this structure, the mature voice of the narrator comments on the action as it occurs; an example of this is the narrative device in To Kill a Mockingbird, where the older Scout constantly...

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    1 educator answer.

  • The Canterbury Tales
    This question is kind of vague. Are you referring to the destinations mentioned in the general prologue? There the narrator mentions that she has gone to several foreign cities, including...

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    1 educator answer.

  • The Most Dangerous Game
    This question has been previously asked and answered. Please see the links below, and thank you for using eNotes.

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    3 educator answers.

  • Brown Girl, Brownstones
    Suggie is a mysterious character and Paule Marshall doesn't reveal much about her in Brown Girl, Brownstones. I don't agree with her mention of seeking comfort but she was a very lonely person. She...

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  • A Rose for Emily
    The house "had once been white," just as Emily had once been young and innocent; it was "decorated with cupolas and spires ... in the style of the past," just as Emily, in her...

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    1 educator answer.

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    The Greek origin of Atticus means ethical. This suits our Atticus well. His taking Tom's case, even though he knew the odds were not good, and that there would be social backlash shows the extent...

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    1 educator answer.

  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    "and the nightmare, with her whole ninefold, seems to make it the favorite scene of her gambols."By referring the "nightmare" as a female, Irving is personifying it. This idea...

    Asked by sameera on via web

    1 educator answer.

  • The Great Gatsby
    For Gatsby, the color green is symbolic of hope and renewal and then the ruination of it all. The light at the end of Daisy's dock at the beginning of the novel is what he believes the guide to...

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    1 educator answer.

  • Beloved
    Most broadly, Beloved is the past embodied. More narrowly, she is the daughter Sethe killed to prevent her from being enslaved. But as the past embodied, Beloved enables not only Sethe but also...

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  • The Bear
    Faulkner comments heavily in this story on the conflict and contrast between the Native American ways and the "progressive" ways of modern American. Ike holds onto his Native American...

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  • Lord of the Flies
    Although technically it is Piggy who first touches upon the idea that what the boys should fear is themselves, it is actually Simon who first recognizes what the true nature of the beast is with...

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  • Sula
    Communication is important in the novel because in becoming free of old stereotypes, the character Sula also isolates herself from the ability to communicate with others, thus breaking community...

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  • Sula
    Death, and its relationship to poverty and survival, is an important topic in the novel. The people of Bottom scramble to survive, the significance of this is seen in National Suicide Day, which...

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    1 educator answer.

  • Pride and Prejudice
    Jane is pretty, trusting, and good through and through. She insists on believing in the best of people, even when the obvious is true. When Mr. Bingley believes what Darcy tells him about Jane and...

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    1 educator answer.

  • The Masque of the Red Death
    According to critic H.H. Bell, Jr., the abbey symbolizes a man's life, with the seven chambers within each symbolizing a decade in that life. The first chamber is on the east side of the abbey,...

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    1 educator answer.

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