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Things Fall Apart

With a writing style that is very similar to Alice Walker’s The Third Life of Grange Copeland, Chinua Achebe structures the life of central protagonist Okonkwo into three distinct episodes. The...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2018, 7:00 pm (UTC)

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Letter from Birmingham City Jail

In "Letter from Birmingham City Jail," Martin Luther King, Jr. argues on behalf of direct action, argues that the newly elected local government can't be left to its own devices, argues that people...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2017, 1:32 pm (UTC)

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Edgar Allan Poe

In "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Cask of Amontillado," both stories are told from the perspective of narrators who may be considered unreliable in their presentation of reality. Both stories...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019, 12:42 am (UTC)

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Math

We are given 600 m of fencing to enclose a rectangular area and are asked to maximize this area. Let the dimensions of the rectangle be l (for length) and w (for width.) Then the perimeter is...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2022, 3:39 am (UTC)

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Six Degrees of Separation

In Six Degrees of Separation, John Guare explores the paradoxes of rich and poor, examining how rich people can be poor in some ways while poor people trying to be rich can get into plenty of...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2022, 2:57 am (UTC)

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Literature

To Kill a Mockingbird is set in Maycomb, Alabama during the early 1930s. This is decades before the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s which sought to end Jim Crow laws and other injustices which...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2022, 2:21 am (UTC)

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Six Degrees of Separation

In John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation, the stakes are very high for Paul indeed. He has been lying about his identity for a long time, and he continues to lie as he cons Flan and Ouisa, Kitty...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2022, 1:23 am (UTC)

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Gish Jen

Gish Jen's short story "In the American Society" is the story of a Chinese immigrant family who aspires to achieve some tangible evidence of the American Dream. One such endeavor is the mother's...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2022, 1:22 am (UTC)

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Trifles

In Susan Glaspell’s play, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters accompany their husbands to the Wright household. They proceed to look for clues that reveal Mrs. Wright's motive for killing her husband....

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020, 11:24 am (UTC)

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The New Deal

The biggest single contribution made by the New Deal in redefining American freedom was in changing the attitude of most people towards the role of government. Before The Great Depression, most...

Latest answer posted March 22, 2019, 12:51 pm (UTC)

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Tomson Highway

In both plays, and particularly in The Rez Sisters, Highway uses the figure of Nanabush to explore the spiritual subtext of his writings, embodied in the character of Nanabush—a trickster...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2019, 5:43 pm (UTC)

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Give Me Liberty!

In Give Me Liberty!, Eric Foner addressed the overthrow of Reconstruction in Chapter 15. He says that Reconstruction was overthrown because of a backlash against its achievements, a renewal of...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2022, 12:27 am (UTC)

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Literature

This is a fun question. Right away, we can make two easy comparisons between Langston Hughes's "Pushcart Man" and James Joyce's Dubliners. With both, we are dealing with the short story form in the...

Latest answer posted May 17, 2020, 5:10 pm (UTC)

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Literature

Fences by August Wilson is a story about how racial discrimination affects the people who experience it. The play's juxtaposition of past and present comes in the form of a conflict between father...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2019, 6:00 am (UTC)

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To Kill a Mockingbird

In Chapter 2 of To Kill a Mockingbird, despite her eagerness to begin school, Scout has a difficult first day. Her first mistake is letting her teacher, Miss Caroline Fisher, know that she can...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 11:25 pm (UTC)

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The Necklace

In Guy de Maupassant’s “The Necklace,” Mathilde undergoes a dramatic change. Let’s take a look at her transformation and some possible thesis statements related to her character arc. When we are...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 11:12 pm (UTC)

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Literature

Two characters who must face the results of their immoral decisions and actions are Hamlet and Claudius. Hamlet struggles with whether to kill Claudius, as the ghost of his father has requested,...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 10:57 pm (UTC)

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Literature

In both Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Beowulf, the main halls are places of community and celebration. While both welcome visitors, the two halls are very different in structure and function,...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2017, 1:46 am (UTC)

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The Great Gatsby

In F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, Myrtle Wilson, Jordan Baker, and Daisy Buchanan are all very different women, so it's easier to contrast them than it is to compare them. However,...

Latest answer posted November 27, 2017, 7:06 pm (UTC)

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Henry IV, Part I

The Boar's Head Tavern is a place of great comedy, exaggeration, and lightheartedness that serves as a contrast for the more serious themes of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1. Let's examine the...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 10:45 pm (UTC)

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Literature

Both stories deal with power relationships between colonizer and the colonized. In the Orwell story, the "revelation" is that the Burmese are the ones who wield the true power; as a "sahib," Orwell...

Latest answer posted May 29, 2019, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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Literature

Both men are being patronized and taunted to varying degrees for their positions. On one hand, Orwell is a British police officer in Burma and is a symbol of authority that the Burmese have come to...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020, 9:56 am (UTC)

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Literature

Both Beowulf and Gawain are heroic figures representative of the dominant values of the cultures that created them, in this case, that of the early medieval Anglo-Saxons and later medieval...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019, 12:06 am (UTC)

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Give Me Liberty!

The sources, goals, and competing visions for Reconstruction revolved around how the federal government should use its power in the South after the Civil War. Andrew Johnson's visions for...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 10:21 pm (UTC)

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Literature

In Kate Chopin's short story, Louise Mallard is described as "young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength." She has, evidently, experienced repression...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019, 12:50 pm (UTC)

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Literature

"The Wife of Bath's Tale" and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight share characteristics in common with a genre of romantic literature known as Breton lai. A Breton lai is a short chivalric poem that...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2020, 12:13 pm (UTC)

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Literature

Gender roles continue to evolve and change—it has only been for a relatively short time that women have broken through their defined roles to be seen on the same level as men on a wide scale basis....

Latest answer posted June 28, 2014, 5:06 am (UTC)

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Literature

Although their publication dates are almost ninety years apart, "The Tell-Tale Heart" (1843) and "A Rose for Emily" (1930) are both recognizably gothic short stories. The latter belongs to the...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2019, 2:11 pm (UTC)

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Love Medicine

In Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine, words that are used to create humor include those that have double meanings and malapropisms, as well as phrases which characters reinterpret in nontraditional...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 9:48 pm (UTC)

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Give Me Liberty!

The social and political effects of Radical Reconstruction in the South include new laws, constitutions, representatives, and social programs. According to Eric Foner, around 2,000 Black people...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 9:47 pm (UTC)

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Literature

Transcendentalism in classical philosophy refers to the belief that there are things that go beyond what the senses can perceive. In this sense, many people who believe in God or divine entities...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 9:16 pm (UTC)

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To Kill a Mockingbird

In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, a mockingbird is a metaphor for purity and innocence. Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Atticus Finch are all metaphorical mockingbirds in different ways. Atticus...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 9:15 pm (UTC)

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Of Mice and Men

Similarities between Candy and his dog and George and Lennie include dedication and responsibility. Candy feels dedicated to his dog. Even though he is old, feeble, and smells, Candy keeps him...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 9:09 pm (UTC)

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Reference

You might want to consider this question in terms of typical crab behavior. It's true that crabs walk sideways, making their movements quite unusual when compared to most animals. But this is...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 12:55 am (UTC)

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Macbeth

In these lines of Macbeth, the titular character is trying to make sense of the witches’ prophecies and the news of his new title. Moments after the witches tell Macbeth he will be thane of Cawdor,...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 9:27 am (UTC)

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

In A Midsummer Night's Dream, act 4, scene 2 represents a new beginning because the confusion, and the enchantments that caused the confusion, are at an end. This scene deals particularly with the...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 5:13 am (UTC)

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

In act 4 of A Midsummer Night's Dream, balance is restored in love and society and in the forest and at court. The action also occurs in daylight rather than during a moonlit night. The enchantment...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 6:12 am (UTC)

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A Modest Proposal

The public response to Swift's pamphlet A Modest Proposal can be approached in at least two different ways. You can look for historical evidence about how the public actually responded, or you can...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 7:27 am (UTC)

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Lee presents Atticus as the central hero of the novel. I would agree very much that according to the way she presents him, because he deserves to be admired by his family and the people of...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2022, 6:57 pm (UTC)

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The Refugees

Reading stories like those in Viet Thanh Nguyen's The Refugees through a formalist lens means analyzing them according to their intrinsic features apart from their author and context. Let's look at...

Latest answer posted January 17, 2022, 2:31 pm (UTC)

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Wuthering Heights

Jane Austen uses third-person narration in her six published novels, while Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights employs a series of first person narrators to tell the story. Third-person narration...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 11:57 am (UTC)

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Social Sciences

Agents of socialization include families, peer groups, the media, work, and school, and these can actually all contribute to the increase of tattoos among various groups and the growth of the...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2022, 6:23 pm (UTC)

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

In act 4 of A Midsummer Night's Dream, Titania is initially presented as weak and silly, unable to overcome the magical potion which Oberon has used on the humans as well as her. She is thus in the...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 1:29 pm (UTC)

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Macbeth

In Act I, scene iv of Macbeth, the audience sees Macbeth's desire to kill King Duncan in his final aside: The Prince of Cumberland! that is a stepOn which I must fall down, or else o'erleap,For in...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 7:13 pm (UTC)

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History

In his description of his pilgrimage, the monk Faxian (or Fahian) frequently speaks of the use of incense and flowers in Buddhist worship, and these elements symbolize the divine odor and...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2022, 9:26 pm (UTC)

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Literature

To examine the class conflicts which are represented in this play, it is worth noting that the initial production of Playboy of the Western World incited riots in Dublin in 1907. To many audience...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2022, 7:16 pm (UTC)

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Song of Myself

To understand the two lines in question from the poem "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman, it is important to put them in context in relation to the entire poem and to section 21. The title gives away...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2022, 5:45 pm (UTC)

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History

Where the theme of divine causation is concerned, Procopius is actually quite clear on this account, holding that the plague was an act of God. Interestingly, however, he goes even further than...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2022, 10:12 am (UTC)

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History

One of the key elements that comes out in Procopius's account of the plague (and a key factor in shaping its deeply destabilizing effect) is the sheer death toll of the disease, as the plague's...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2022, 7:10 am (UTC)

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History

In the accounts of his pilgrimage to India, the Buddhist monk Faxian (or Fahian) shows Buddhism as more of a religion than a philosophy, and he also describes how Buddhism took on new meanings and...

Latest answer posted January 15, 2022, 11:59 pm (UTC)

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