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Medicine River

When Will Sampson decides to return to Medicine River and live there, his friendship with Harlen Bigbear helps him adjust. It is one of the elements that has carried through from his childhood, and...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2021 5:04 am UTC

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Literature

I would suggest, first and foremost, that a comparison between "Shambleau" and "Reason" illustrates the evolution that was unfolding within science fiction itself with the introduction of Science...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2021 3:35 am UTC

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The Son From America

I cannot do this assignment for you but I’m happy to provide you with some ideas to help get you started on it! In "The Son From America" Samuel says this to his mother Berlcha because he has...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2021 3:39 am UTC

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Black Woman

In “Black Woman,” Leopold Senghor celebrates Africa. He uses the naked body of a Black woman as an extended metaphor for his native land and its culture. The poem has a complex mood of reverent...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2021 3:13 am UTC

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The Missing Person

The moral of the poem lies in the isolation the missing person lives in: when you cut yourself off from human relationship, the poem implies, you lose your sense of identity. In the poem, a man...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2021 2:08 am UTC

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A Walk in the Night

Alex La Guma’s novella A Walk in the Night takes place in the city of Cape Town, South Africa in the early 1960s. La Guma wrote this in 1962 to bring attention to the struggles the oppressed face...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2021 12:33 am UTC

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Watson has accompanied Holmes back to the moors, not certain what his detective friend's game plan is. Lestrade is there as well, and like Holmes, he is armed. Although the night is currently...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2021 12:23 am UTC

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To My Dear and Loving Husband

When it comes to analyzing poetry (particularly traditional poetry), it is important to remember that elements such as metrical form and rhyme scheme tend to pervade across the entire poem,...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2021 12:20 am UTC

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John Keats

In “To the Nile,” John Keats directly addresses the great Egyptian river, calling it the son of the African mountains and the “Stream of the pyramid and crocodile.” Then the speaker remarks that...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2021 12:12 am UTC

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Explosion in a Cathedral

In the small Caribbean town depicted in Explosion in a Cathedral, the climate is incredibly hot, a major feature of life in this part of the world. The inhabitants of the town do their best to try...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2021 3:19 pm UTC

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Jack London

In the short story "War" by Jack London, the author does not specify the location of the action or even the historic war in which the action takes place. London creates this vagueness deliberately...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2021 1:53 am UTC

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Arms and the Man

Although Louka and Nicola are engaged, it seems that any future marriage between them would be a match made in hell. This is because they have radically different outlooks on life that are...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2021 9:41 am UTC

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Literature

No biography is perfectly evenhanded. The biographer always has personal views about their subject and is more interested in some aspects of the subject's life than in others. In the case of...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2021 11:49 pm UTC

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Under the Banyan Tree

Nambi is an expert storyteller. The local villagers love his stories and eagerly gather around him at night to listen to his tales. The inspiration for Nambi's stories comes from the Hindu goddess...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2021 8:39 am UTC

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A Retrieved Reformation

In “A Retrieved Reformation,” protagonist and safecracker Jimmy Valentine visits the small town of Elmore in search of a bank for his next heist. Upon spotting it, he sees a young lady and looked...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2021 2:22 pm UTC

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Reference

One of the segments on the Dead Dog Cafe Comedy Hour (the CBC radio program of Thomas King, Floyd Favel Starr, and Edna Rain) was “King’s Traditional Aboriginal Decorating Tips.” For this bit, the...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2021 4:11 pm UTC

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Crow Lake

Crow Lake tells the poignant story of what happens to the Morrison siblings in the years following the untimely death of their parents in a car accident. At the time of the accident, Luke Morrison...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2021 10:18 am UTC

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Literature

The idea that there are no heroes and that the monsters win is a bit cynical, and one could argue that it is not altogether true. There are, however, instances in life when the "monsters" seem to...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2021 5:51 pm UTC

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The Highwayman

In the third stanza of part 1 of the poem, the highwayman and his horse approach the inn where the landlord's daughter lives. The sound of the horse's hooves approaching the inn over the...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2021 8:40 am UTC

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Gryphon

The gryphon is a chimera, a mythological creature composed of different parts of other animals. Similarly, the new substitute teacher, Miss Ferenczi, is a kind of chimera. As the eNotes summary...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2008 3:20 am UTC

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Ode to a Nightingale

The writer becomes captivated by the nightingale's peaceful song. Keats' father & mother died when he was young and his brother had recently died of tuberculosis. In the first stanza, Keats is...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2008 5:07 am UTC

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Süskind paints a story of human motivations and aspirations inspired by scent: in Perfume, the nose knows all. The brilliance of this novel is that Süskind suggests, through the hypersensitive nose...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2008 10:17 pm UTC

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The Lovely Bones

The Stolen Child is somewhat similar to The Lovey Bones. Keith Donohue's book is about a seven-year-old boy is who stolen by hobgoblins and replaced with a changeling. The boy, Henry Day, then...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2008 11:27 pm UTC

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The Horse and His Boy

One major theme is pride vs. humility. Bree is a very proud horse. He knows he is smarter than the non-talking horses of Calormen. He knows he is from Narnia, and is proud of it. But he is also...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2016 2:15 am UTC

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A Rose for Emily

This question has already been asked an answered. Please see the link below. Thank you for using eNotes!

Latest answer posted March 26, 2008 12:45 pm UTC

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Animal Farm

"The struggle of the farm animals, having driven out their human exploiter, to create a free and equal community, or a communist society, which is inspired by the prophetic deathbed vision of...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2008 9:04 am UTC

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The Kite Runner

Whether it be under the rule of the King or republic before the soviet invasion or under the Taliban, Afghanistan is a culture that is ancient, and also shaped by Islam. While problems intensified...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2008 1:17 pm UTC

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To Kill a Mockingbird

If you are specifically referring to him "policing" the town, then the scene you might be speaking of is when he guards Tom Robinson in the town jail. An agitated group of men show up who...

Latest answer posted March 10, 2008 9:31 am UTC

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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

Honestly, I'd have to say neither, really. He was definitely not writing from a socialist/communist perspective. Besides his life long ambitions towards wealth, there is little sense of a...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2008 10:36 am UTC

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Miguel Street

In Miguel Street, George was as scary as "bigfoot" in the eyes of the young narrator. There were several reasons why. First, George left the door open for speculation because, in the words of the...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2021 2:18 am UTC

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Miguel Street

George is one of a series of protagonists in the stories collected in V. S. Naipaul's Miguel Street. He appears in the book's third chapter, which details George's personality, physique, and...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2021 11:15 pm UTC

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Guide to Literary Terms

Irony is when something happens or is said that is opposite of what you expect. The three basic types are situational, verbal, and dramatic irony.Situational--something happens that is opposite of...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2008 7:56 am UTC

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Romeo and Juliet

In this quote, the Friar asserts that vice and virtue are not necessarily black and white concepts, and something that is a vice in one circumstance might turn out to be a virtue in another. This...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 3:27 am UTC

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Everyday Use

Walker's story is less about materialism per se than how material objects take on different values according to one's context and one's sense of identity. Dee wanted the quilt for display purposes,...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2008 10:40 am UTC

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Romeo and Juliet

I answered this question before, but here it is again. The Friar is saying that all things have the potential for both help and for harm (virtue and vice). His soliloquy is while he is picking...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2008 3:50 am UTC

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Both of these men are rearing children without wives/mothers, also.Bob Ewell is discriminated against because he is a drunk and does not work a steady job in order to provide for his family. He...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2008 3:01 am UTC

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The Rocking-Horse Winner

Uncle Oscar is Paul's mother's brother, and he plays a more active role in the story than the father does. Oscar inherited all of the family fortune, so he has more money than his sister's family....

Latest answer posted March 1, 2008 1:51 am UTC

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Sonny's Blues

On Double Consciousnessby W. E. B. DuBois After the Egyptian and Indian, the Greek and Roman, the Teuton and Mongolian, the Negro is a sort of seventh son, born with a veil, and gifted with...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2010 1:28 pm UTC

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A Rose for Emily

Emily was isolated from society. Her father was strict, almost totalitarian. He mostly kept Emily at home and he definitely had a tight rein on what activities she was allowed to participate in....

Latest answer posted February 28, 2008 6:35 am UTC

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Pride and Prejudice

The original title is appropriate but not as compelling as the one Austen and her publishers ultimately decided upon. You know the old saying, "You never get another chance to make a first...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2008 11:16 pm UTC

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The Light in the Forest

Bejance is an old Black slave, the town's resident basket-maker. One day, Aunt Kate sends True Son and Gordie off to town to buy a new basket from him. Like True Son, Bejance was raised by Native...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2021 8:07 am UTC

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The Grapes of Wrath

Those mountain men walked through town, 5000 strong, each armed with a rifle and challenged the town's people to suppress them. Of course, the town's people left them alone. In a nutshell, Black...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2008 4:47 am UTC

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Night

The reality is that Elie does still believe. He is human and rebelling against the discomfort and extent of the evil he has been forced to face at such an early age. He has been corralled into...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2008 8:42 am UTC

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Black Beauty

In chapter 18, Beauty heroically bringing the doctor back to his master's house in order to attend to Mrs. Gordon. The chapter begins with Beauty being woken up during the middle of the night by...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2021 9:59 pm UTC

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A Raisin in the Sun

Situational irony can be defined as a literary technique in which the expected outcome does not happen. In A Raisin in the Sun, we have a particularly good example of situational irony when the...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2021 6:58 am UTC

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Julius Caesar

Read over the scenes between both couples - Brutus and Portia's conversation is in Act II, Scene i, and Caesar and Calpurnia's conversation is in Act II, Scene ii. You can also look for...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2008 1:20 am UTC

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Romeo and Juliet

Samson bites his thumb at the Montague's servants because in that time it was a gesture of insult. Rather like "flipping a bird" is in our society or other hand gestures in other...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2008 1:36 am UTC

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To Kill a Mockingbird

This is a rich chapter on how people responded to the trial. First, Jem knew at the core of his hear that the outcome was not right. He could not believe the injustice. It was Jem’s turn to...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2015 1:18 am UTC

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Macbeth

Once Macbeth gets the prophecy from the witches, his secret desire to be king is brought to the surface and his unchecked ambition will allow him to do anything to achieve this goal. Macbeth's ego...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2008 8:01 am UTC

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Lord of the Flies

There are lots of references to pigs in the "real world" including, but not limited to, the Chinese zodiac. Like you have already discovered, some cultures revere pigs and worship them...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2007 5:04 am UTC

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