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The Color of Water

James McBride's description of grappling with his mixed ethnicity and confused identity in The Color of Water is more clearly articulated than anything Ruth McBride ever says, since she is...

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Dear Martin

In the novel Dear Martin, Jared and Blake each demonstrate resistance to understanding institutionalized racism and argue that discrimination died out in the past. While proclaiming this fact,...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2022, 3:15 pm (UTC)

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The Color of Water

It is clearly true that children often turn away from the faith that was instilled in them by their parents when they reach adulthood. It is perhaps more accurate to say that this generally happens...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2022, 2:21 pm (UTC)

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She Stoops to Conquer

Oliver Goldsmith is able to reveal the societal conventions of his time in She Stoops to Conquer principally by showing how people from different social classes and backgrounds interact with one...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2022, 1:27 pm (UTC)

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Crumbs from the Table of Joy

Father Divine was a real person, and the way he is portrayed in Crumbs from the Table of Joy is very similar to the manner in which he appeared in the public arena in the 1950s. As Lynn Nottage...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2022, 12:25 pm (UTC)

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Dear Martin

Dear Martin is set in and around Braselton Preparatory Academy, a prestigious private school that prepares wealthy students for entry to elite universities. Such private schools are an essential...

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The Color of Water

In his autobiography, The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother, James McBride introduces his mother, Ruth, as someone with a troubled past. Ruth was born into an...

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Literature

In "The Spirit is Too Blunt an Instrument," Anne Stevenson conveys an understanding of beauty through detailed physical description, and by reversing the standard poetic tropes concerning the...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2022, 6:05 am (UTC)

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Dear Martin

In Nic Stone's Dear Martin, Justyce McAllister is a scholarship student at Braselton Preparatory Academy. Although he is not from a wealthy family, most of his classmates are, and there are...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2022, 4:36 am (UTC)

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Flowers for Algernon

As Charlie's intelligence grows, his world expands and alters. Whereas it might once have been defined by going to work at Donnegan's Plastic Box Company and tripping over people's feet on the...

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The Country Wife

Wycherley wrote The Country Wife in the early part of the Restoration of the English monarchy. This was a period of backlash against the Puritanism that had dominated British social and political...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2022, 10:28 pm (UTC)

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Literature

The main features of mock heroic poetry are imitation of the formal aspects of epic poetry, comically elevated diction, trivial events described in a grandiose manner, and bathos. Alexander Pope's...

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She Stoops to Conquer

A comedy of manners is a genre of comedy that depicts and often mocks society's manners, conventions, and morality; it critiques contemporary society, most commonly a certain social group or...

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Gulliver's Travels

Swift satirizes or pokes fun at many aspects of the political standpoints of 18th century British society, from petty political squabbles to the financing of pointless scientific experiments in the...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2022, 12:49 pm (UTC)

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When the Moon Was Ours

In McLemore's 2016 young adult novel When the Moon Was Ours, the Bonner sisters, or "Las gringas bonitas," as Miel refers to them, are presented as four gorgeous sisters with luscious red locks...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2022, 8:43 am (UTC)

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Literature

There are many examples of systemic racism in Nic Stone's novel, Dear Martin. Occurring before the events of the book, Shemar Carson's death is one of the most powerful examples of systemic racism...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2022, 8:34 am (UTC)

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Lord of the Flies

In William Golding's Lord of the Flies, Jack is a dynamic character in multiple ways. He is an energetic, aggressive force on the island and he undergoes significant changes as the novel...

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Literature

In Act 3, Scene 4 of William Shakespeare's Much Ado about Nothing, the discussion between Hero and Margaret about Hero's wedding dress foreshadows the disaster that will occur on her wedding day.M...

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To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee explores racism as part of a larger continuum of moral wrong in which people in general tend to fall unquestioningly into accepting prejudices that are not based in objective reality, no...

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Literature

According to NASA, more than 97 percent of actively engaged climate scientists believe that climate change is occurring, leading the earth to warm to potentially dangerous or lethal levels. These...

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Literature

The title, "In Memoriam," which means 'in memory of,' suggests that this is a poem that will commemorate someone who died. In fact, it is an expression of the speaker's grief and anguish over the...

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The Ramayana

As one of the most influential and popular pieces of Indian literature, the Ramayana does indeed have historical importance. Along with the Mahābhārata, it is an important part of Hindu mythology...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2022, 3:16 pm (UTC)

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Bud, Not Buddy

The changes in Bud’s life clearly show that kindness can change a person’s circumstances. As the novel progresses, Bud encounters more people who treat him kindly, and he finally reaches a place...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2022, 6:10 am (UTC)

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Fallen Land

Preparing to write a book review involves consideration of the intended publication and the audience. Different book reviews of a given work may vary widely depending on the publication in which...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2022, 1:40 am (UTC)

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White Teeth

Multiculturalism is shown as a dominant factor in British society as it affects the characters in White Teeth, especially in the London neighborhood where much of the novel is set. Author Zadie...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2022, 7:44 pm (UTC)

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Brave New World

Huxley uses satire, a form of dark humor which often exaggerates social trends, to poke fun at the excesses of consumerism, sexualization, and avoiding pain with medications that he saw already...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2022, 7:37 pm (UTC)

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Evelina

In Evelina, Fanny Burney uses the sheltered and beautiful Evelina, who does not understand the ways of London society, to comment on the immorality and hypocrisy of British society in her time....

Latest answer posted December 3, 2022, 2:44 pm (UTC)

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Fallen Land

With his immersive descriptions, dynamic characters, riveting action sequences, and complex themes, Taylor Brown provides numerous passages in Fallen Land that could yield a favorite quotation for...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2022, 2:33 pm (UTC)

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Literature

One possible thesis would have to do with the play's handling of the tricky subject of More's refusal to sign Henry's Articles of Supremacy, in which the king replaced the pope as spiritual leader...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2022, 2:25 pm (UTC)

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Waverley

You would treat eNotes like any other scholarly source. For example, if you are citing the eNotes page on characters in Sir Walter Scott's Waverley, the page which your question links to, you would...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2022, 11:35 pm (UTC)

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1984

When Julia and Winston are captured, they are talking in the rented room over a junk shop. After they began their affair, Winston rented the room from the shop’s proprietor, whom he knows as Mr....

Latest answer posted December 2, 2022, 9:34 pm (UTC)

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Hamlet

In act 3, scene 3, of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Claudius confesses to murdering his brother, and this confession is followed directly by a soliloquy from Hamlet, who is concerned about taking his...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2022, 4:37 pm (UTC)

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Story of Your Life

In "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang, the narrator says, "I know how this story ends; I think about it a lot," because through her study of the strange aliens who visit Earth, she has gained the...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2022, 4:21 pm (UTC)

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The Diary of a Young Girl

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank offers a detailed characterization of at least some of the people with whom Anne lives in the annex during the years she and her family are in hiding. Let's...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2022, 4:06 pm (UTC)

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Ethan Frome

In Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome, there are several characters who deal with guilt. Some of them change as a result of their guilt. Others do not. Let's brainstorm a few of those characters so that...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2022, 2:48 pm (UTC)

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The Outsiders

In S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders, Johnny Cade, the second youngest member of the Greasers, is timid, shy, and anxious. He is a victim of violence at the hands of his abusive father and the Socs,...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2022, 9:43 am (UTC)

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The Frogs

In The Frogs, Bacchus is vain and cowardly. These traits stand in contrast to the way Euripides portrayed Bacchus in his play The Bacchae, which had been a big success shortly before Aristophanes...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2022, 11:04 am (UTC)

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The Ultimate Safari

In verbal irony, words have more than one meaning. We can find verbal irony in the words of the title, the "ultimate safari." For the rich white tourists in Kruger Park, the destination is a...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2022, 12:33 am (UTC)

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Paradise Lost

In book 9, Milton explores how evil and corruption are spread through lies. Satan, the prince of lies, doesn't act openly, as he has learned he cannot prevail that way, but through deception. He...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2022, 10:08 am (UTC)

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Flowers for Algernon

In Daniel Keyes's Flowers for Algernon, intelligence has an interesting effect on Charlie Gordon. Initially, Charlie's lack of intelligence shields him from understanding the cruelty of others and,...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2022, 3:54 am (UTC)

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Jane Eyre

This passage takes place at a time of heightened emotional intensity for Jane as she leaves behind Thornfield and Rochester to face an uncertain future. Jane is now in a liminal space between past...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2022, 1:32 am (UTC)

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Paradise Lost

Books 9 and 10 of Milton's Paradise Lost deeply explore the theme of appearance versus reality. Let's look at a few of the ways this theme appears to help you get started on this question. In book...

Latest answer posted December 2, 2022, 1:21 am (UTC)

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Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes’s story “Early Autumn” is very short, yet the author develops his characters, Bill and Mary, quite well. Let’s look at each of them to help you get started on this assignment. Bill...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2022, 10:02 pm (UTC)

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Literature

This little poem may be called a short lyric, for it has a songlike quality to it, and it focuses on the speaker’s emotions. Let’s look at some of the poem’s other elements to help you get started...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2022, 5:00 pm (UTC)

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A Doll's House

Ibsen explores the themes of evil and corruption in A Doll's House by comparing Nora's wrongdoings with those of other characters and also revealing others' responses to Nora after she commits...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2022, 2:55 pm (UTC)

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The Frogs

In The Frogs, the rivalry between Aeschylus and Euripides is especially comedic because the grandeur of the former and the emotional intensity of the latter are reduced to absurd tropes, with each...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2022, 2:24 pm (UTC)

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Lolita

One notable contrast that is present in Nabokov's 1955 novel, Lolita, is the contrast between Lolita and Dolores. While Dolores and Lolita are the same person, Humbert actually differentiates the...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2022, 10:35 am (UTC)

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Lolita

Lolita is full of figurative language, and one might take a passage from almost any page at random and find multiple figures of speech there. To illustrate this point, take the first paragraph:...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2022, 9:11 am (UTC)

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A Tale of Two Cities

In A Tale of Two Cities, Madame Defarge is connected to the theme of death and resurrection through her embodiment of the revolutionary spirit in France. She is the leader of the tricoteuses, the...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2022, 3:21 am (UTC)

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The Hobbit

In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit, Bilbo has some interesting encounters with the trolls and Smaug the dragon. Let's look at each of these scenes to help you compare and contrast them. Bilbo is just...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2022, 9:44 pm (UTC)

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