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An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge

Ambrose Bierce’s short story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” ends with the revelation that Peyton Fahrquhar is dead, victim of the hanging to which he had been condemned by the Union forces...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 5:05 pm UTC

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The Interlopers

Ulrich and Georg meet by design and not by chance. Ulrich von Gradwitz has a feeling that Georg Znaeym will be illegally poaching game on his land. He looks on Georg as "game" that will, sooner or...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2021 2:31 pm UTC

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Hamlet

Let's reflect on Hamlet's assertion "I must be cruel, only to be kind." He has just had to tell his mother, Gertrude, some difficult truths that she does not want to hear. He has called her out for...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 2:51 pm UTC

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The Interlopers

Ulrich von Gradwitz offers to be Georg Znaeym's friend because his own "pain and languor" as well as the sight of Georg's grim fight "against pain and exhaustion," both of them helplessly trapped...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2021 1:42 pm UTC

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Hamlet

After lashing out at Gertrude in her chamber and then killing Polonius (erroneously believing him to be Claudius), Hamlet assures his mother that he takes no pleasure in causing her pain. He is...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 3:21 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 tells his...

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

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The Interlopers

Readers might be tempted to believe that the main conflict in “The Interlopers” is between the two characters, Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym. The families of these men have been feuding for...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2021 11:48 am UTC

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The Quiet American

To put "the danger of staying neutral" into a thesis for The Quiet American, one would have to express the sentiment as a statement or an argument that links to this work. A thesis might read...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 3:23 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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Lyddie

When Lyddie goes to work at Cutler's tavern in Katherine Paterson's Lyddie, she becomes friends with the cook, Triphena. Triphena tells Lyddie a story about two frogs that fell into a pail of milk....

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 3:39 pm UTC

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In the Name of Salome

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

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

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Hamlet

Hamlet twice mentions being cruel to Gertrude, though the first time, he says nothing about kindness: The soul of Nero enter this firm bosom:Let me be cruel, not unnatural:I will speak daggers to...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 4:43 pm UTC

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Night

In chapter 1 of 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...

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

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The Interlopers

Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym do not kill each other when they first meet one another in the forest, as they have a sense of decorum and honor instilled in them by their society, and this...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2021 12:36 pm UTC

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Trifles

Trifles is a one-act play first written and performed in 1916. In it, Glaspell explores the differences between the male and female experience in that time period. As the play opens, Mrs. Hale and...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 9:06 pm UTC

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History

The end of World War I, also known as The Great War, witnessed the end of Europe’s great empires. Among those for whom the war represented the death knell was the Ottoman Empire. An Islamic empire...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 4:30 pm UTC

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The Duchess of Malfi

The Duchess of Malfi centers around the titular duchess, a courageous and intelligent young widow who goes against the gender norms of her time. In the period of the story, a woman with political...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 1:18 pm UTC

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Reference

To write a critique on Alvin Ailey’s “Cry,” one will have to assess and discuss aspects of this famous solo dance piece. One could start their critique at the beginning of the dance. They could...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 4:29 pm UTC

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The Interlopers

Ulrich von Gradwitz and Georg Znaeym are enemies because of a long-standing feud between their families regarding the ownership and property rights to a "narrow strip" of woodland owned by the...

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History

Even though the Cold War is over and the Soviet Union no longer exists, the conflict still has lasting effects that influence the world and people's lives today. First, many countries around the...

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The Duchess of Malfi

Revenge tragedies were a popular theatrical genre in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. These plays focus on a character who experiences a great wrong, such as the murder of a family...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 1:07 pm UTC

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Social Sciences

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies have shifted to remote work. For example, many companies are conducting meetings over virtual conferencing platforms like Zoom, and many...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 4:24 pm UTC

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Othello

One aspect of Othello’s background that potentially made him so quick to believe Iago and not Desdemona is his race. Throughout the play, Iago refers to Othello as “the Moor.” This label has a way...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 7:56 pm UTC

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Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey

Diction is the kind of words a writer chooses to use. In "Tintern Abbey" Wordsworth uses simple diction, words an average reader can easily understand. The first lines of the poem illustrate this:...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 4:16 pm UTC

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The Interlopers

The motif of nature is introduced in the opening sentence of the story, revealing that a strip of forested land near the Carpathian Mountains will play an important role. The motif of an ominous...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2021 12:11 pm UTC

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A Raisin in the Sun

In both books, aspirational dreams motivate characters to want to change. Characters want a better life for themselves and to build a better world. In both the book and the play, mid-twentieth...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 5:39 pm UTC

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The Duchess of Malfi

The Duchess of Malfi is set in Italy for several reasons. First, Webster based it on real events in Italian history. He would have been familiar with William Painter's compilation of French and...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 12:24 pm UTC

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If Beale Street Could Talk

Based on the opening of If Beale Street Could Talk, it’s reasonable to posit that one of Barry Jenkins’s goals was to explicitly incorporate the novel’s author, James Baldwin. Before the first...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 4:52 pm UTC

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Salvage the Bones

Chapter eight (“The Eighth Day: Make Them Know”) of Salvage the Bones finds Skeetah allowing his dog China to fight because he believes that she can win. Despite his older brother Randall’s...

Latest answer posted May 5, 2021 4:03 pm UTC

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Out of the Dust

The poem “Met” in Karen Hesse's poetic novel Out of the Dust is appropriately titled, for the poem is all about meetings that have now taken place. The poem appears toward the end of the novel....

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 3:58 pm UTC

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William Cowper

William Cowper’s poem "The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk” imagines the regretful musings of Alexander Selkirk, a hotheaded Scottish sailor who was marooned—by choice—on an island off Chile in 1704....

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

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Anne Bradstreet

Anne Bradstreet's poem "The Author to Her Book," serves as an extended metaphor in which she compares and author and her book to a mother and her child. The book is described as the author's...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 3:20 pm UTC

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Spoon River Anthology

Le Roy Goldman's poem in Spoon River Anthology provides a beautiful reflection on the intercession of the saints on behalf of their loved ones. The poem begins with a question. Someone wants to...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 3:20 pm UTC

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The Namesake

Cultural identity is a crucial theme in Lahiri's The Namesake. The main character, Gogol, is an American born of Indian parents soon after they have settled as a married couple in Massachusetts....

Latest answer posted April 16, 2018 3:56 pm UTC

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Hamlet

The entire passage reads as follows. Hamlet is addressing Gertrude and speaking of the dead Polonius: For this same lord [Polonius], I do repent. But heaven hath pleased it so, To punish me with...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 2:43 pm UTC

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Hamlet

It’s possible that Hamlet thinks he’s being kind to Ophelia. It’s hard to argue that Polonius was a good dad to her. He treated his daughter as an object that could be manipulated at the behest of...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 2:36 pm UTC

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Secession and Civil War

The American Civil War lasted exactly four years, extending from the Confederacy’s firing on Fort Sumter in South Carolina on April 12, 1861 and ending with the South’s surrender on April 9, 1865....

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 2:33 pm UTC

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The Pot of Gold

In Plautus' play The Pot of Gold, Megadorus has long remained a committed bachelor. He has a strong aversion to getting married. In fact, when his sister, Eunomia, brings up the issue and says that...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 2:19 pm UTC

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The Vietnam War

The American war in Vietnam had a long history beginning with the Japanese occupation of Southeast Asia and extending through the fall of Saigon in 1975. In between, emotions among the American...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 1:53 pm UTC

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Flowers for Algernon

The language in Charlie's diary changes dramatically to reveal his changing mental states. Keyes tells the story as a first-person narrative based entirely on Charlie's journal accounts, which...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 12:55 pm UTC

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Vachel Lindsay

In “Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight”, Vachel Lindsay seems to be operating on the assumption that the Europe of World War I is riven with violence, chaos, and bloodshed because it isn't run by...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 12:26 pm UTC

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History

Although Augustus ushered Rome into a period of peace, he accomplished this through some rather violent means. First off, Augustus sought out political enemies, namely the conspirators in the...

Latest answer posted May 2, 2021 5:40 pm UTC

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Karl Marx

This quote appears in Marx's 1859 work A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy. What Marx means by this statement, which is central to his philosophical construct, is that economics,...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 11:54 am UTC

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The Thief of Always

As well as being grotesquely obese and ugly, Marr is also a very dangerous woman. Why? Because she has magical powers that she can put to evil use. Thanks to those powers, she has the astonishing...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 12:00 pm UTC

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A Child Called "It"

Given how she's portrayed in the rest of the book, it's somewhat disarming to find Dave Pelzer's mother described in such positive terms in Chapter 2 of A Child Called "It", “Good Times”. Near the...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 11:38 am UTC

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Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule

The American Civil War may be over, slavery abolished and the Fourteenth Amendment passed, but life is still hard for African Americans hoping that General Sherman's promise of forty acres and a...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 11:15 am UTC

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The Robe

The Robe deals primarily with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and its powerful effect on Marcellus, a Roman tribune. As such, the resurrection is not given as much prominence in the story as one...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 10:35 am UTC

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Literature

It is a well known fact that emotion can influence all of our cognitive processes, as well as our judgement and perspective; it can affect the way we perceive the environment and the way we...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 10:27 am UTC

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Milkweed

On the whole, it's pretty fair to say that Olek's had a pretty raw deal in life. As well as being an orphan, he has only one arm, a sad consequence of being pushed onto the train tracks. Having one...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 10:13 am UTC

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Rules of the Road

Jenna has been chosen by the CEO of the company of the shoe company for which she works to drive him from Chicago all the way to Dallas for the annual stock-holders' meeting. It's quite some...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2021 9:36 am UTC

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