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• Great Expectations
The importance of reality as opposed to mere appearance is arguably the most significant theme in Great Expectations. Most of the characters on display are not quite what they seem, their true...

• Reference
A question like this is really testing your ability to assess and then articulate an argument. You will therefore need to begin by defining what fascism means, so that you can demonstrate that you...

• Things Fall Apart
As a novel, Things Fall Apart shows the reader to what extent the binds that hold the tribe together and keep it functional fall apart in response to the pressure exerted by the missionaries and...

• Sundown
The discovery of oil in the Osage Indian Agency in Oklahoma transforms the entire landscape, and not necessarily for the better. What had been quite a calm and placid place becomes, almost...

• The River Between
Waiyaki is nothing if not an idealist. He passionately believes in the transformative power of education and its unique ability to bring about lasting change in people’s lives. Waiyaki is himself a...

• Math
The definite integral int_0^1 t e^(-t^2/2) dt has to be determined. Let f = -t^2/2 , (df)/(dt) = (-2t)/2 = -t or df = -t dt When t = 0, f = 0 and when t = 1, f = -1/2 Substituting t with f...

• A Raisin in the Sun
Among the symbols that Lorraine Hansberry incorporates into A Raisin in the Sun, three important ones are the plant that Lena tends, the anticipated check for Walter, Sr.’s insurance policy, and...

• Girl
Changing the title of Jamaica Kincaid’s story from “Girl” to “Mother” would provide a clue that the story is concerned with a relationship between a mother and her child. Kincaid carefully avoids...

• Reference
On the most basic level, translation is simply the transference of a literary work or any example of speech or writing into a different language. So, a translator must at the very least know two...

• The Caretaker
In Act 2 of The Caretaker, Aston speaks at length about his ongoing problems with mental illness. In this soliloquy, he talks about having hallucinations, past difficulties he had with colleagues...

• Reference
Literary translation is complex as it must balance faithfulness to an original text with accuracy. Moreover, there are problems with cultural and historical equivalence. For example, imagine one is...

• Hiroshima
John Hersey's Hiroshima is an eye-witness account of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, as experienced by a series of ordinary people, including Mr. Tanimoto, Mrs. Nakamura, Father Kleinsorge, Dr....

• The Tell-Tale Heart
In “The Tell-Take Heart,” the narrator is tormented and ultimately undone by the sound of an old man’s beating heart. He lives with and claims to “love” the old man; nonetheless, he is haunted by...

• Reference
Of course, the answer to your question is a matter of opinion. Each of these subsistence systems has its positives and negatives which might influence your opinion. Therefore, let's look at some of...

• White Noise
Throughout Don Delillo's White Noise, the author satirizes contemporary American culture and its many aspects, including consumerism, chemical dependency, television obsession, and lastly the...

• Look Back in Anger
When the character of Cliff is introduced at the beginning of Act I of Look Back in Anger, he is described as "a soothing, natural counterpoint to Jimmy." Like Jimmy, he is a working-class man who...

• The Tyger
"The Tyger" by William Blake is a major example of the Romantic Movement's reaction against the eighteenth century Age of Enlightenment. Enlightenment authors had exalted "Man" and, in particular,...

• King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism in Colonial Africa
Many of the tactics, rhetoric, and strategies of reform activists who, around the turn of the century, worked to pressure the Belgian colonial authorities to better treat their Congolese subjects,...

• I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem
Since this is a work of fiction (albeit based on the story of a real character), the only way we could definitively find out why Maryse Conde decides to have Tituba leave her home to be with John...

• Social Sciences
In an economic sense, if something is abundant, then it still might be scarce. Scarcity means that some resource is limited. Abundance means that there is plenty of a resource. There are several...

• Reference
In his book Reality Is Not What It Seems, Italian writer and theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli remarks, “We are obsessed with ourselves. We study our history, our philosophy, our goods. Much of...

• Immigrants in Our Own Land
In Baca’s poem “Immigrants in Our Own Land” the immigrants end up doing different tasks because of the obstacles they face in their new home. Baca draws parallels between the prison experience and...

• Law and Politics
We can not provide you with any reputable references that confirm that Kip Hawley worked for free when he was in charge of the Transportation Security Administration (or TSA). When you hear about...

• A Midsummer Night's Dream
The relevant action of the plot of A Midsummer Night's Dream effectively ends when the effects of Oberon's love potion are reversed on Lysander (3.2.470-472) and Titania (4.1.69-74), the two sets...

• History
At the end of the 19th Century, the United States had definitively ended its practice of staying focussed primarily on North American matters. This period saw the United States adding territory and...

• History
William Blake was born and raised in the late Neoclassical era of literature, painting and architecture, which turned to ancient Greece and Rome for formal and thematic inspiration. In "The Tyger"...

• Daniel's Story
In Carol Matas' novel Daniel's Story, Daniel and his family are transported from the ghetto in Lodz, Poland, to the concentration camp Auschwitz. As Daniel explains, Auschwitz was actually made up...

• Social Sciences
We can't tell you what to think when it comes to the dominance of the two-party system. Yet we can give you some ideas and examples to help you better form your opinion. To help us get a better...

• Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
In terms brief enough to guide and fit within eNotes space and objectives, Hume would find some agreement with Voltaire. In Dialogues, Hume explores questions of the proofs of the existence of God...

• Linguistics
Phonology is the study of words, especially spoken words. It is the formal term denoting all examinations of the communication media of speech and writing. Example: “The development of regional...

• Reference
Although the main focus of Monopoly is acquiring wealth and trying to lead your opponents into bankruptcy, there are other elements. These elements link, interact and reflect our culture as well....

• To Sir, with Love
Ricky Braithwaite is an educated and intelligent engineer from British Guiana who served in the RAF in Britain during World War II. He can't find a job after the war because of racial prejudice in...

• History
As William Blake was a supporter of the French Revolution it’s not altogether surprising to discover that a number of critics, including his biographer Peter Ackroyd, have interpreted the tiger in...

• The Tyger
In William Blake's "The Tyger," we see many many features of the 18th century. One main feature is that of the threat. It might seem odd to think of "threat" or "danger" as a feature, yet if we...

• Grammar
A "theme" is simply what the clause is about. In the simplest kind of English sentence, it is the subject, which generally comes first. For example, in the sentence "Mary sings," Mary is the...

There are several reasons that Paradise Lost is considered in Epic. First, in the formal definition of the term, an epic is a long narrative poem utilizing elevated style. Paradise Lost fits this...

• History
This response will focus on the first question. During the late nineteenth century, the United States experienced a wave of immigration sometimes described by historians as "new immigrants."...

• Social Sciences
This is an interesting exercise! I can’t do the exercise for you, but I will explain what you should observe and mention some ways you can incorporate sociological information. To make things easy...

• Economics
Remember that eNotes policy allows for only one question per post (or two, if they are short). With that in mind, I will answer three out of the five questions. a) What it is the opportunity cost...

• Love Poem for My Country
Sandile Dikeni's "Love Poem for My Country" has an irregular rhyme scheme. The meter is based very loosely on a three-beat line with the stress falling on the second syllable of each foot or two...

• Reference
In philosophy, determinism and indeterminism are two opposite ends of a spectrum. The main idea behind the notion of determinism is that every thought, every action, every incident in general is a...

• Eugene O'Neill
In Eugene O’Neill’s first play, A Wife for a Life, two men, Jack and a fellow prospector known only as The Older Man, are in love with the same woman, a young lady by the name of Yvette. There’s...

• Shakespeare's Sonnets
It was typical to compare a mistress's physical/personal characteristics with elements in nature. In sonnet 130, the speaker does the opposite, saying these elements in nature are far greater than...

• Economics
The basic economic problem is scarcity. This problem comes about because of two factors. First, human beings have unlimited wants. Second, we have limited resources. Therefore, we experience...

• Poetry
This poem is by a Japanese-American poet, Janice Mirikitani. The poem is about three generations of women and the similarities and differences of their lives and their worlds. The speaker is the...

• Political Science
The idea behind this is pretty much the idea that "the government is best which governs least." In today's atmosphere, it is conservatives who would think that a part-time legislature improves...

• Dover Beach
Whether or not you would call "Dover Beach," by Matthew Arnold, a "nature poem" depends upon your definition. Certainly, Arnold uses natural imagery as the backdrop to what he is trying to convey....

• Eichmann in Jerusalem
According to Hannah Arendt, the limits of the Israeli legal system in the trial of the notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann are by no means specific. Any legal system in the world would be unable to do...