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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf is one of the most famous poems in old English. It is about three thousand lines long and the story revolves around three battles. In the poem, Beowulf, a warrior from Geats comes to the...

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  • Essay Lab
    I very much enjoyed your paragraph and the portrait of your family! If you'd like to revise with a focus on only grammatical issues (as opposed to the questions of style and personal taste that...

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  • The Story of My Life
    Helen Keller is the main character in The Story of My Life which is a personal account of Helen's young life after she has a debilitating illness as a baby and is rendered blind and deaf. Annie...

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  • Beowulf
    In Old English, a "kenning" is a compound expression that has a figurative or metaphorical meaning. An example is "light-of-battle," used to mean a "sword" in the following example from Beowulf:...

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  • The Canterville Ghost
    The ghost, Sir Simon, is badly misunderstood. By making Sir Simon a more rounded character than the average ghost, Wilde turns stereotypes about ghosts on their heads. We learn that Sir Simon,...

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  • José García Villa
    Dudong,17, is impatiently waiting for his father to return home so that he can tell him of his love for Teang and his desire to marry her. He feels that at 17 he is a grown man and is ready for...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Please consider these examples: skinny, thin, and slender. These three words all mean having less weight on one's body than what might be considered average. But the connotations differ since the...

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  • Romanticism
    The following are courtesy of my AP Senior English teacher, Andrelle E. McKinsey, more than a decado ago (and I still use them when I teach seniors for a nice reference)... Characteristics of the...

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  • Essay Lab
    The thing about an autobiographical essay is that you DON'T want to start out with a cheesy beginning. In that case, be sure you DON'T say, "Once upon a time," or "I was born on November 13,...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    Prose refers simply to any written piece of work that is built on sentences (and paragraphs) rather than lines or verses (like poetry). Examples/kinds of prose include novels, short stories,...

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  • Life of Pi
    Before Yann Martel wrote "Life of Pi," he had written 2 previous novels that had completely flopped. They didn't get very good reviews, and had little or no success in the market. He was feeling...

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  • Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog)
    The three main characters of the story are the narrator Jerome, generally known as J to his friends, and George and Harris. All are young and single. Jerome throws in plenty of self-deprecating...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf embodies several traits that make him a textbook epic hero. Some of these traits include his larger-than-life physical strength, his courage in the face of extreme danger, and his loyalty...

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  • The Canterville Ghost
    Mr Otis is clearly forceful and direct. He openly speaks his mind as illustrated when he speaks to Lord Canterbury about the ghost. He tells the lord that if such a thing existed, it would be used...

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  • Orpheus
    The climax of the story occurs when Orpheus travels to the Underworld to look for Eurydice and loses her before the couple can make it to the Upperworld. In the story, Orpheus is in love with the...

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  • Macbeth
    I wish I could answer that as straightforwardly as you ask it! What the line points to is the play's concern with the discrepancy between appearance and reality: that is, the difference between how...

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  • O. Henry
    This beautifully inspirational tale deals with unselfish sacrifice - how one man was prepared to sacrifice his own well-being and use his talent to save the life of another. Two artists, Johanna...

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  • William Blake
    “The School Boy” is a poem included in William Blake’s collection Songs of Innocence. It is told from the perspective of a young boy going to school on a summer day. The boy loves summer...

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  • Macbeth
    Macbeth is a play of contradiction and ambition. Driven to becoming King, Macbeth will kill all and any that get in his way. He puts his faith in the words and prophesies of three witches, after...

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  • Guide to Literary Terms
    I think you're comparing apples with oranges here :-)A talking dog would be an example of anthropomorphism. If you break it down - anthro = man or human and morph = shape - the author is giving...

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  • The Man with the Hoe
    Markham depicts a man in his poem "The Man with the Hoe" who works the land in an exhausted state--so exhausted, in fact, that he is "brother to the ox." The man at the center of Markham's poem...

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  • Jordan Goodman
    This book is about Roger Casement, the Irish-born member of the British Foreign office who investigated King Leopold II of Belgium's horrific actions in the Congo. Casement traveled about the Congo...

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  • Beowulf
    Beowulf possesses many great heroic qualities: Inhuman strength: he is able to defeat Grendel by ripping his arm off; he is able to defeat Grendel's mother by holding his breath an insane length...

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  • I think continually of those who were truly great
    The poem starts out sounding like an homage to great people in history. As the first stanza develops, however, the speaker seems to be saying more about how greatness is born of the connection...

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  • Dante's Inferno
    In Dante's classic, The Divine Comedy, there are three parts to the entire work: Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise. The question at hand is answered in Inferno, Canto 3. As Dante and Virgil, his...

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  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
    Bruno is a nine-year-old boy from whose perspective The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne is told. The story starts in Berlin, but Bruno's father is a Commandant in the Nazi army and gets...

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  • The Story of My Life
    The Story of My Life reveals Annie Sullivan as the inspiration behind Helen Keller's extraordinary life. She is only partially-sighted herself, after undergoing surgery to correct her vision at a...

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  • The Most Dangerous Game
    The two most important conflicts in "The Most Dangerous Game" are Man vs. Man and Man vs. Nature. Man vs. Man is a clear conflict. Rainsford and General Zaroff are fighting for different goals,...

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  • Romeo and Juliet
    Good question. Juliet's age is, you're quite right, specified by the Nurse and Lady Capulet in Juliet's first scene as not-quite-fourteen. As for Romeo's age, Shakespeare never tells us! We know -...

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  • Literature
    I agree with all of the above discussions; but I am especially gratified to read what spearfam has written: that literature enhances our capacity to empathize. People talk about the intellectual...

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  • William Shakespeare
    Macbeth utters these words shortly after he is told that his wife, Lady Macbeth, has died. He is speaking of her life (the life of all humans, really) being fleeting and short. Our life is but a...

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird
    "He was still leaning against the wall. He had been leaning against the wall when I came into the room, his arms down and across his chest. As I pointed he brought his arms down and pressed...

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  • Literature
    We study literature because it feeds our souls. Great works of literature treat timeless themes that resonate with readers across centuries. The human condition remains fundamentally the same today...

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  • Macbeth
    At the beginning of the play, Macbeth is a respected general, a devoted husband, and a loyal subject of the king. The first of the witches' prophecies bring out his ambitious nature, but he...

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  • The Road Not Taken
    There are multiple poetic devices used in Robert Frost's poem The Road Not Taken. In the first line, the poet used assonance. Assonance is the repetition of a vowel sound within a line of poetry....

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  • The Shack
    William Paul Young's novel The Shack is a work of fiction. The author calls it "true" fiction, and compares it to a parable. The characters in the novel are fictional, but some elements of the book...

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  • The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse
    Aram is the narrator of the story, and serves as the moral center. He is very mindful of doing the right thing, while understanding the financial challenges of the family. He does not seek to...

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  • Beowulf
    A kenning is a figurative literary device, usually a compound expression used in place of a name or noun. Kennings is Old English poetry function in much the same way as epithets in classical epic...

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  • The Most Dangerous Game
    EXPOSITION. We learn about Rainsford's hunting prowess and his newest expedition to South America, where his yacht is headed while passing through Caribbean waters. RISING ACTION. Rainsford is...

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  • 1984
    At first glance, these slogans seem to be contradictory and illogical. And, they pretty much are, but the society in 1984 is run by a group of people that have pretty much brainwashed or...

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  • Oscar Wilde
    The Happy Prince, by Oscar Wilde, is a wonderful allegory, typical of 19th century English fiction. Social injustice, the redemptive power of love, and the loss of innocence are themes addressed...

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  • The Lovely Bones
    I have included a link below to the enotes page outlining the biography of Alice Sebold, which should help you investigate her life further. The short answer to this question is that yes, it was....

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  • The Great Gatsby
    F. Scott Fitzgerald manages to define, praise, and condemn what is known as the American Dream in his most successful novel, The Great Gatsby. The novel is set in 1922, and it depicts the American...

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  • Oliver Goldsmith
    In "The Village Schoolmaster," an ironic admirer describes the schoolmaster's school as being beyond a "straggling" fence, or a fence that can't keep up--can't keep upright, that is. This means...

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  • The Renaissance
    The Renaissance, or "Rebirth," was a revival of learning and art in Europe after the Dark Ages. Here are major characteristics of this period: 1. The influence of the Italian scholar Petrarch, who...

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  • The Road Not Taken
    The major theme in Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken," is about making choices. The speaker in the poem in traveling and comes upon a cross roads or a fork-in-the-road. Here he or she much decide...

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  • The Road Not Taken
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,And sorry I could not travel bothAnd be one traveler, long I stoodAnd looked down one as far as I couldTo where it bent in the undergrowth; The two roads...

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  • Essay Lab
    "Descriptive essay" is a tricky term, because "essay" means "to try"; that is, the essay form seeks to persuade or convince based on gathered evidence and rhetoric, while "to describe" does not...

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  • The Great Gatsby
    In Chapter VII of The Great Gatsby, Tom Buchanan reveals as much about Gatsby's wealth as Fitzgerald cares to divulge to the reader. "Who are you, anyhow?" broke out Tom. "You're one of that...

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  • The Man with the Hoe
    "The Man with a Hoe" is an impassioned protest and lament on behalf of those in servitude, which gives voice, through one symbolic laborer, to the description of what workers become when yoked to...

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