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• Shakespeare's Sonnets
This is an interesting question, and I'm glad that you you make the distinction between Shakespeare as the author conveying homoerotic desires through the sonnets and questioning whether the...

• Motherless Brooklyn
The Brooklyn of the novel is itself a kind of surrogate parent to Lionel and the other orphaned boys of St. Vincent’s as much as is Frank Minna, their mentor and paternal figure. It represents all...

According to William Wordsworth in his Preface to Lyrical Ballads, poets draw their subject matter from the passions and emotions of human beings, from the events of human life, and from the...

• Reference
Upon entering office in 1829, Andrew Jackson sought to transform the very nature of American democracy and government. As David Emory Shi informs us in America: A Narrative History, Vol. 1, Jackson...

• Doctor Faustus
Scene 1 of Christopher Marlowe's The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus opens with a lengthy soliloquy by Doctor Faustus, in which he praises himself as what is now termed a...

• Law and Politics
The United States Constitution does not address political parties or the ways in which such parties should nominate presidents. Political parties did not seem to be on the minds of the Framers....

• Team of Rivals
When identifying a writer’s thesis, consider what lessons you ultimately took away from the text. For example, consider how Doris Kearns Goodwin describes Abraham Lincoln in Team of Rivals. Goodwin...

• The Tell-Tale Heart
The narrator in "The Tell-Tale Heart" begins by announcing that he is not mad and arguing that nobody could possibly claim that he was. He justifies his argument by pointing to the fact that he can...

• Speech to the Virginia Convention
Three main points that Patrick Henry makes in order to support his argument: 1. There is no reason to think that England will treat the colonies more justly. When the first Continental Congress...

In 1802 William Wordsworth tried to explain his views on poetry. He tried to explain how poetry functions and the nature of the craft itself. Wordsworth also attempted to qualify and explain what a...

William Wordsworth was one of many great writers strongly influenced by Aristotle's Poetics. Though Wordsworth consciously sought to break free from what he saw as the stifling restriction of...

The four books listed are arguably the four most important books in Paradise Lost, and any of them could well be chosen as the most significant. Books I and II open in medias res with Satan and the...

• Criminal Justice
As outlined in All the Queen's Horses, Rita Crundwell was employed as comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, Illinois from 1983 to 2012. It was eventually discovered that she had begun embezzling city...

• The Tell-Tale Heart
The narrator is unreliable because the story he tells contradicts his purpose in telling it. That is, from the beginning of the story, the narrator wants to prove that he is not insane and tries to...

• The Horse and His Boy
Chapter 1 Shasta lives in the south of the great empire of Calormen with a poor fisherman he calls father. One day, a Tarkaan (great lord) comes to their hut and offers to buy Shasta from the...

• Naomi Klein
In No Logo, Naomi Klein looks at the history of product branding and the increasing complexity of the concept. According to Klein, branding began as a relatively simple way of differentiating...

• Reference
I was unable to find a video of this speech. I could only find a written transcript of what Alice Walker said on April 11, 1987 at Spelman College in Atlanta. Having only a written transcript of...

• Math
If the polynomial has three roots a , b , c ,  then it has the form p ( x ) = 19 ( x - a ) ( x - b ) ( x - c ) .  It, in turn, is equal to `19 x^3 - 19 ( a + b + c ) x^2 + 19 ( ab + bc + ac ) x...

• The Crucible
Abigail first lies to her uncle, Reverend Parris, in Act One, when she tells him that she and the other girls "never conjured spirits." Mrs. Putnam soon after tells him that she sent her daughter,...

• The Tell-Tale Heart
The narrator in "The Tell-Tale Heart" is driven to murder, yet he isn't quite sure what drives him to do it: He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I...

• Beowulf
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• The Bible
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• The Second Coming
In "The Second Coming," W.B. Yeats explores the Second Coming, a traditional Christian idea that prophesies the return of Christ and the salvation of all true believers. However, Yeats turns this...

• The Crucible
Thomas Putnam is bitter for several reasons. Miller tells the reader in the narration in Chapter I that he had many grievances with people. The first grievance mentioned is that his wife's...

• Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina was written over the course of four years, from 1873 to 1877, and then published in book form in 1878. Tolstoy wrote the book in serial form, which means that he would write...

• And Then There Were None
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• The Tell-Tale Heart
The May, 1842 edition of Graham’s Magazine contains a review of Volume 2 of Nathaniel Hawthorne's collection of short stories entitled Twice-Told Tales. The review was written by Edgar Allan Poe,...

• History
I can help you get started by providing a quick summary of all six figures and their relationship to the enlightenment period. Hermann Samuel Reimarus This German philosopher was one of the first...

• And Then There Were None
By chapter 10, three people have died, and there is no longer any question that they have all been murdered. The remaining guests realize they they, too, are likely to be murdered. Vera Claythorne...

• The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (pen name Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835–1910) was first published in 1884 and became available in the United States in 1885. In Twain’s own words...

• Beowulf
Beowulf, as an epic, is distinguished from Greek epics like the Iliad or Odyssey chiefly in the scope of the action, the role of the gods in the story, and the hero's relationship to society....

• The Bible
Paul penned 2 Corinthians after sending a letter via Timothy from Ephesus; this letter would become known as 1 Corinthians in the New Testament. Paul then left for Macedonia, as he had prior...

• The Story of an Hour
There have been many differing views published on "Story of an Hour" but most readers agree that it is a feminist expression. The story was written in 1890's and it reflected the very real idea of...

• The Bible
Paul had lived in Corinth for eighteen months prior to writing this letter, and he knew the people there well. When he wrote this letter to the Corinthians, Paul was in Ephesus, preparing to leave...

• Republic
In his Theory of Forms, which he presents in his Socratic dialogues, Plato presents a solution to the problem of appearance and change, which in philosophy is also called the problem of...

• The Bible
Multiple authors are credited with composing the book of Proverbs, yet its 915 verses accomplish a strongly unified theme: how to live an effective earthly life. The overarching context of this...

• Reference
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• Mario and the Magician
Mann's use of the first-person point of view in “Mario and the Magician” allows him to explore the powerful effect of fascism on the minds of so many of his fellow Europeans. In presenting the...

• Math
The best way to solve a problem like this one is to set up a proportion with the missing information designated by x and then solve for x. Let's look at a couple examples. If a map has a scale of 2...

• Law and Politics
Intense competition in state politics, exacerbated by bi-partisan division, has put increased pressure on statesmen to not only meet challenges in one’s own state but to also fulfill personal...

• Math
A scale factor expresses the relationship between two lengths. It can be expressed as a ratio or a positive number. Let's look at some examples. If the original image is 4 inches, and the scale...

• Reference

• Barrio Boy
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• Seedfolks
The reader is first introduced to Kim in chapter one, when she visits the vacant lot on Gibb Street to plant six lima bean seeds in memory of her father. Kim is a nine-year-old Vietnamese girl who...

• Jane Eyre
The first time that the reader learns about Adèle Varens in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre is in Chapter 11, shortly after Jane's arrival at Thornfield Hall. Jane mistakenly believes that she will be...

• Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre is nothing more than a burden to Mrs. Reed. The orphaned Jane is the niece of the late Mr. Reed, and Mrs. Reed grudgingly agrees to takes her in and then keeps her, not out of pity but...

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• Jane Eyre
In Charlotte Brontë’s famous novel Jane Eyre, Jane is around nineteen years old and Mr. Rochester is described as middle aged, about forty years old. This makes the age difference between the two...