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  • Lord of the Flies
    Belonging is a strong theme throughout Lord of the Flies. The book follows a series of power shifts as the boys jockey for social standing and leadership roles. Jack is the character who best...

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  • Anton Chekhov
    Most of the humor in "The Chameleon" is satirical, poking fun at the overly hierarchical and deferential nature of society in Tsarist Russia. The main character of the story, Otchumyelov, is an...

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  • George Eliot
    The relationship between love and marriage is a major theme Austen in Pride and Prejudice. Austen's novel examines the ways money intersects with love and marriage. In a perfect world, we would...

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  • Jean-Paul Sartre
    Existentialism is a cultural, literary and philosophical movement that arose largely as a reaction to the unreflective optimism and belief in progress of the 19th century. It is not so much a set...

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  • A White Heron
    The hunter, in an attempt to persuade Sylvia to reveal the location of the white heron's nest, says that he would give ten dollars to any person who could help him find it. For Sylvia, "No amount...

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  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
    Throughout the seven Harry Potter novels, Harry and Malfoy engage in what is one of the most famous rivalries in young adult literature. Early on in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry...

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  • Monster
    Steve Harmon's involvement in the robbery, which results in the murder of Alguinaldo Nesbitt, dramatically impacts his perception of himself, his peace of mind, and his relationship with his...

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  • The Veldt
    Since the environments are connected to the children's thoughts and George doesn't use the nursery as much as the children, it can be assumed that he didn't have enough experience to control the...

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  • The Veldt
    George and Lydia Hadley both have strained relationships with their children due to their differing parenting methods and the futuristic nursery. Although they both love their children, there is a...

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  • Literature
    Sodapop, Ponyboy's favorite person and one of his two older brothers, is a likeable guy thanks to his easygoing nature and his movie star good looks. Ponyboy describes him as the kind of...

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  • Lamb to the Slaughter
    Absolutely! And that's why the end of the story is so sweet! Mary is sitting at home like a dutiful wife, waiting for her husband to come home from work. She cares for the home, cooks dinner, and...

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  • The Road Not Taken
    This poem was originally published in 1916 in a collection entitled Mountain Interval; it was the first poem in the book. The poem relies on the symbol of the two roads, diverging in the forest....

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  • The Diary of a Young Girl
    In April 1944, a couple of intruders break into the office. In the process, they break a plank to the door which leads to the secret hiding place where Anne lives such a precarious existence with...

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  • Gulliver's Travels
    The short answer is: by accident. A restless, adventure-starved Gulliver sets sail from Bristol; his destination: India. But a voyage involving Gulliver just wouldn't be the same without some...

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  • John Keats
    Keats’ poem “To the Nile” is, as its name suggests, addressed to the large river which flows through Egypt. The poet makes use of several literary devices to convey a sense of its character...

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  • The Giver
    A key feature to Jonas's society is that they have adopted the Sameness. The Sameness has dulled all of their emotions and eliminated the memory of past events as well as the associated feelings...

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  • The Canterville Ghost
    Yes, "The Canterville Ghost" does contrast American and British culture. Much of the plot's comedy hinges on the differences between British and American reactions to the ghost haunting Canterville...

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  • Bud, Not Buddy
    The answer to this question can be found in chapter 10. Bud has decided that he is going to walk to Grand Rapids, and he's trying really hard to not be noticed. He hides in a bush or off to the...

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  • The Story of My Life
    In February 1896 Helen was brought the tragic news that John P. Spaulding of Boston had passed away. It's a measure of just how highly-regarded Mr. Spaulding was by Helen that her sorrow at his...

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  • How Much Land Does a Man Need?
    The land greedy peasant Pahom thinks he's made the bargain of the century with the seemingly naive Bashkirs. Their chief has told Pahom that he can have as much land as he can walk around in one...

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  • The Stranger
    During his first few days in prison, Meursault finds a scrap of newspaper in his cell. On it is written a story about a Czech man who left his homeland to find his fortune. Years later, now wealthy...

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  • Kindred
    Kindred is told from the first person perspective. This means that the narrator is a character within the story. In this story, the narrator is Dana. The advantage of a first person narration is...

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  • Literature
    Some figures of speech in "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" include the following: Simile: Simile compares two items using like or as. In the opening lines of the poem, the narrator likens the...

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  • Literature
    Odysseus and his men get into an awful lot of scrapes on their epic voyage. But thanks to the resourcefulness and uncommon bravery of our hero they're often able to overcome their difficulties. The...

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  • A Jury of Her Peers
    At the end of the story “A Jury of Her Peers”, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters keep the biggest evidence that explains Mrs. Wright’s motive for killing her husband, away from the sheriff and the...

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  • Grandfather
    In the poem "Grandfather," by Oliver Shelley, the poet makes great use of visual imagery. The first three lines establish the relationship between the narrator and the subject. On line one, the...

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  • Gulliver's Travels
    In Part III Chapter I of Gulliver's Travels our hero sets off on his third voyage. He's heading off to Tonquin, which is in modern-day Vietnam. The captain of the ship has business ashore, so puts...

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  • The Crucible
    In Act Three, Giles Corey interrupts the court proceedings by claiming that he has evidence that Thomas Putnam is influencing his daughter to falsely accuse citizens of witchcraft in order to buy...

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  • A Rose for Emily
    Following the death of Emily's father, the community mentions that she was sick for a long time and remained reclusive inside her home. In the Third Section of the short story, the town gives a...

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  • Death of a Salesman
    At the beginning of the play, Linda comments on Willy's increasing stress and difficulty traveling up and down the East Coast. She suggests to Willy that he ask his boss if he can work in New York...

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  • Antigone
    You could argue either way on this question. Legally, Ismene is right because she is following the king's law. Ethically, though, you could argue that she is not right and that Antigone is right to...

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  • The Great Gatsby
    Daisy is at first shaken up by Myrtle Wilson's death, which of course she caused--she was driving the car that hit Myrtle outside her house. But in the long run, her response to Myrtle's death is...

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  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
    In the "Mad Tea-Party" chapter of Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, the Hatter, the March Hare, and the Dormouse are all crowded at one part of the table when Alice approaches. When the...

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  • The Pearl
    An overriding theme for John Steinbeck's parable of The Pearl is that of Good vs. Evil. This theme is connected to the theme of Social Class that begins at the end of Chapter I and develops further...

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  • Bridge to Terabithia
    The simplest and most direct answer for why this chapter is called "The Evil Spell" is because Leslie basically says the exact same thing. "Methinks some evil being has put a curse on our beloved...

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  • Hamlet
    if you compare what the Ghost says in Hamlet with what Jacob Marley's Ghost says to Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, ("Nor can I tell you what I would. A very little more, is all permitted to me.")...

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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Huckleberry Finn's various adventures take place during a period of transition for him. He's at an age where he's caught uneasily between childhood innocence and the harshness of the adult world....

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  • The Kite Runner
    Ali and Hassan have a healthy, close relationship, which is compared to Baba and Amir's unhealthy, difficult relationship. As Hazaras living in Kabul, Ali and Hassan relate to each other and share...

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  • Of Mice and Men
    Most of the characters in Of Mice and Men have dreams. And yet all of those dreams unravel in the course of unfolding events. In this way, they represent in microcosm the American Dream and what...

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  • Gone Girl
    One of the most important differences between the book and the film is the portrayal of Nick. In the film, he is much more of a conventional hero, someone for the audience to root for. Gone is the...

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  • Gone Girl
    The novel Gone Girl intimately analyzes conflict within marriage. It particularly exposes how gender misconceptions foster such a conflict. Essentially, the story highlights the themes of marital...

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  • Gone Girl
    The two main characters in Gillian Flynn's novel Gone Girl are Amy Dunne and Nick Dunne, a married couple. The novel switches back and forth between the two characters' perspectives, giving us...

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  • Gone Girl
    Gillian Flynn makes readers of Gone Girl question the very nature of truth. In this era of so-called "fake news" and "alternative facts," Flynn's book gives a haunting overview of how...

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  • Gone Girl
    Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is the story of Nick Dunne and Amy Elliot, a married couple whose surface-level perfection hides a number of unpleasant truths about their marriage. When Amy goes...

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  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Huck matures through facing the moral dilemma of whether or not to help Jim escape slavery. All his life, his society has taught him the warped morality that helping a slave escape is a great evil....

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  • What You Pawn I Will Redeem
    At the beginning of the story, the pawnbroker gives Jackson twenty dollars. He is supposed to raise more money, so he can purchase his grandmother’s powwow regalia which had been stolen. He and...

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  • The Odyssey
    No one knows precisely when The Odyssey was actually written. However, most scholars agree that it was probably composed some time in the eighth century BC. The setting of the poem—although we...

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  • The Odyssey
    Polyphemus is a Cyclops, and he is a son of Poseidon. Odysseus and his crew encounter Polyphemus when they are on their way home to Ithaca. During this encounter, Odysseus displays hubris, or...

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  • The Chaser
    Poison is what the old man sells to customers who have bought his love potion. He knows that, one day, the men who buy his potion for a song will come back for a drop of the harder, more expensive...

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  • The Giver
    In Lois Lowry's The Giver, before a child becomes a seven, the buttons on their jackets are at the back. These children cannot button their jackets themselves. They must depend on parents and peers...

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