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Lord of the Flies

Roger is a mystery from the beginning, and seems to have a dark character. It seems that while some of the boys know each other, especially the choir, no one knows Roger or where he came from....

Latest answer posted May 14, 2013 9:29 pm UTC

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Literature

One of the most difficult periods of Okonkwo’s life is the seven years that he must spend in exile. Things Fall Apart presents the Igbo society as the traditional ways are being replaced by British...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 4:57 am UTC

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Animal Farm

Old Major's speech represents the original teachings that inspire the ideology of Animalism. His speech is an indictment of the human agricultural system that oppresses and brutalizes animals for...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 4:40 am UTC

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The Giver

(eNotes educators may only answer one question per response. If you need more help, submit other questions separately.) The community in which Jonas and his parents live places a very high...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2013 10:27 pm UTC

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History

This question asks for your opinion--rather than supplying you with an opinion, I will lay out arguments for and against the Vietnam War and allow you to decide. The U.S. was right in engaging in...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 4:00 am UTC

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The Great Gatsby

In chapter six, we learn that Gatsby's real name is James Gatz. The name Jay Gatsby emerges in this chapter as a symbol of Gatz's reinvention of himself as a glamorous, mysterious figure with a...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 3:35 am UTC

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Science

There are many ways in which plants can be propagated. One way of classifying this is sexual and asexual. Sexual propagation occurs from the growth of new plants from seeds. Seeds are formed by the...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 3:19 am UTC

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Mirror

“Mirror” by Sylvia Plath contains a few different figures of speech. The mirror itself is an example of personification. This inanimate object actually is the first-person speaker relating its...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 2:54 am UTC

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Hamlet

On first glance, Hamlet might not seem to be a realistic play. It opens with the sighting of a ghost on the dark ramparts of a medieval castle. At the end of the first act there is another sighting...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 3:10 am UTC

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After Great Pain, a Formal Feeling Comes

In this poem, Dickinson's speaker describes what it feels like to exist in the environment around her while numbed with grief. This is a subjective perception of grief, a personal record of the...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 2:37 am UTC

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How It Feels to Be Colored Me

In the essay "How It Feels to Be Colored Me" by Zora Neale Hurston, the author presents an extremely positive viewpoint towards her African American heritage. Much of the time she doesn't even...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 2:14 am UTC

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The Fur Coat

In “The Fur Coat,” Paddy Maguire is appointed the role of parliamentary-secretary to the Minister for Roads and Railways. He and his wife Molly rejoice his promotion. Anticipating having to dress...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 1:53 am UTC

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Macbeth

In act 5, scene 3 of Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macbeth is annoyed by rumors of the advance of Malcom’s army towards Dunsinane Castle, and he’s particularly exasperated by the negative reports that...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 1:40 am UTC

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Even in her very first novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, J.K. Rowling reveals herself to be a master of literary techniques. We will examine three of these (out of many more): irony,...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2021 12:21 am UTC

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The Road Not Taken

In the final stanza of “The Road Not Taken,” Robert Frost assumes a wistful tone. He imagines himself years in the future sighing and looking back on the results of his choice to take one road over...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2021 1:55 pm UTC

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Harlem

In "Harlem," Langston Hughes uses similes and a metaphor, as well as vivid and descriptive imagery, to convey the idea that forcing people to delay their dreams can lead to violence. Using a series...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2021 10:11 pm UTC

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The Divine Comedy

After reaching the ninth sphere of Paradise, where the angels live, Dante enters the Empyrean, a place of light which is beyond matter, where God resides. He says that there his sight was...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 1:16 am UTC

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Death, be not proud

John Donne's Holy Sonnet 10, "Death, be not proud," is a metaphysical poem from the early seventeenth century. Metaphysical poems are typically associated with style techniques such as conceits...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2021 8:02 pm UTC

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Chains

This question is a subjective question. Consequently, different readers could argue differently about a potential answer to this question. The word "hobby" does not appear in the text of Chains, so...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 3:38 am UTC

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Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies is a novel written by William Golding. It was first published in 1954 and follows the story of young boys who find themselves on a deserted island. In order to help you answer...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2021 9:18 am UTC

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Nectar in a Sieve

Despite being different from the other women in the village due to her education, Rukmani is nonetheless determined to live her life in the traditional way. Though her married life with Nathan is...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2021 11:18 am UTC

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The Other Wes Moore

Army veteran, scholar, and author Wes Moore understood that his life could have taken a very different direction than it ultimately did. A Rhodes Scholar who served in Afghanistan and succeeded in...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2021 3:03 pm UTC

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Frankenstein

Most of our understanding of Victor's appearance comes from Walton. When his sailors first rescue Victor from the iceberg, Walton writes to his sister that: His limbs were nearly frozen, and his...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 10:53 pm UTC

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Tell Them Not to Kill Me!

The short story "Tell Them Not to Kill Me!" by Juan Rulfo tells of a man who murders his neighbor and then spends most of his life on the run from the authorities. It begins with a prelude in which...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 3:57 pm UTC

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The Post-American World

This quotation comes from Fareed Zakaria's book The Post-American World: And the Rise of the Rest, and it expresses a fundamental tenet of Zakaria's thesis. Following the end of the Cold War and...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2021 5:51 pm UTC

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If I Forget Thee, O Earth . . .

In "If I Forget Thee, O Earth ... " a small remnant of humanity survives (and only just barely for that matter) because it was isolated from the destruction of the rest of the species. The story in...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2021 10:23 pm UTC

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The Chrysanthemums

In John Steinbeck's story "The Chrysanthemums," Elisa Allen's life as a ranch wife is often monotonous. She works hard caring for the house and the garden and her husband, Henry, but there is...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2021 6:13 pm UTC

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The Crucible

There are several major events that transpire in act 2 of The Crucible. The first significant moment concerns John Proctor's argument with his wife about her callous, unforgiving nature. Their...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2021 11:29 pm UTC

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Mohsin Hamid's The Reluctant Fundamentalist is told in two distinct formats; the reader hears a conversation between the protagonist Changez and an anonymous American at a café in Lahore, Pakistan,...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 10:27 pm UTC

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The Importance of Being Earnest

There are many ways in which Jack's identity becomes confused in the play. However, the entire pretense of the mistaken identities is only able to come about because of the lies that Jack has told...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 10:26 pm UTC

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Thank You, M'am

In the short story "Thank You, M'am" by Langston Hughes, a boy of "fourteen or fifteen" named Roger tries to steal a purse from a woman named Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones. She thwarts the...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 12:27 am UTC

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Leviathan: Or, The Matter, Form, and Power of a Commonwealth Ecclesiastical and Civil

In Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes's central idea about self-preservation is expressed in the section he devotes to what he calls "the right of nature," which he defines in the following terms: The Right...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2021 6:24 pm UTC

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History

Charlemagne thought that widespread access to knowledge was very important. Among Charlemagne’s many reforms were reforms to the field of education. These reforms were some of the defining changes...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 10:17 pm UTC

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The Adventure of the Speckled Band

Keep in mind, Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories are all in first-person point of view, told from the perspective of Dr. Watson. In that respect, the point of view is always limited....

Latest answer posted April 30, 2021 6:55 pm UTC

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The Franklin's Tale

“The Franklin's Tale,” which is part of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, explores the themes of faithfulness, a literal interpretation versus common sense, and illusion versus reality. Let's look at...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 1:00 am UTC

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Old Man at the Bridge

In his short story "Old Man at the Bridge," a soldier helps evacuate civilians to safety during the Spanish Civil War. While ushering people across a pontoon bridge and away from enemy troops, he...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2021 8:39 pm UTC

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Tuesdays With Morrie

In his book Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom records the wisdom of his former professor Morrie Schwartz. Morrie provides plenty of wisdom, and one of his sayings is “Learn to forgive yourself and...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2021 2:12 pm UTC

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The Wednesday Wars

Throughout The Wednesday Wars, the conflict intensifies between Holling Hoodhood’s older sister, Heather, and their father. Some of this conflict revolves around her politics. Rejecting her...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2021 10:34 pm UTC

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Lyddie

After a black bear invades the family's cabin in Katherine Paterson's novel Lyddie, Lyddie's mother decides that the time has come for them to leave the farm and go to live with her sister and...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2021 12:21 am UTC

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All Summer in a Day

"All Summer in a Day" is set on Venus, therein described as a planet whose rainfall lasts years at a time with only momentary breaks in the deluge. This story concerns one of those brief moments of...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2021 7:08 am UTC

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The Hound of the Baskervilles

In the dramatic 1742 description of the scene of Sir Hugo's death, his throat is ripped out by a giant hound in front of the men who have come out to find him: Standing over Hugo, and plucking at...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2021 12:50 pm UTC

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In the Name of Salome

In the prologue and first three chapters of In the Name of Salome, author Julia Alvarez introduces the reader to her two protagonists at contrasting points in their lives. First we meet 66-year-old...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 9:53 pm UTC

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In a Grove

In part 3 of the story, the policeman who arrested Tajomaru tells us that Tajomaru is "a notorious brigand." A "brigand" is a robber who ambushes people in remote areas. Tajomaru, the policeman...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2021 8:48 am UTC

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Animal Farm

When the animals rebel against man and finally remove Mr. Jones and his ilk from the farm, they have thoughts of a life of equality, free from the drudgery and slavery that man had imposed upon...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2021 8:58 am UTC

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Walden

With the advent of Internet resources and e-books, page number references have become less useful. Further, Thoreau's Walden has appeared in countless editions over the decades, and each of these...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2021 3:41 pm UTC

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Ray Bradbury

The most important theme from "Embroidery" is the danger of nuclear weapons. Like many of Bradbury's stories, "Embroidery" was written during the Cold War, where nuclear devastation was a very real...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 4:01 am UTC

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Fever 1793

In this chapter, Mother takes time out of her busy schedule to accept an invitation for her and Matilda to have tea with the wealthy Ogilvies. This involves digging a better dress for Mattie out of...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2021 12:29 pm UTC

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Vanity Fair

To pinpoint how William Makepeace Thackeray presents Becky’s relationship with Rawdy (or little Rawdon), review the parts that pertain to their bond. Think about how Rebecca is depicted as a mother...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 3:35 pm UTC

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Night

In Chapter 1of Night, the narrator recounts events that Moshe the Beadle tells him after he escaped from the Nazis and came to Sighet. While the overall experience of Moshe and his fellow prisoners...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 9:20 pm UTC

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Born a Crime

Born a Crime tells a very personal story, and one that could only come from a particular time and place. For Trevor Noah to effectively tell his story, it is necessary to understand the greater...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 4:25 pm UTC

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