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Importance Of Studying Literature

Literature is also a form of time travel that helps put today in context. All those apocalyptic lamentations about how "things used to be so much better" are controverted in literature of the last...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2012 5:26 pm UTC

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What are the similarities between academic and non-academic texts?

A primary difference between academic and non-academic texts involves audience, which also speaks to purpose. An academic, nonfiction text will be based on research methods that can be replicated....

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 2:30 pm UTC

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Why Do We Need To Study Literature

Literature is one way for us to hear the voices of the past and work with the present. It is a way for the present to connect to the possible future. Story telling is one way for humans to reach...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2015 1:35 pm UTC

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What are elements of prose?

The basic elements of prose are: character, setting, plot, point of view, and mood. Character refers to: biographical information; personality traits; social roles, and psychological factors such...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2016 7:22 pm UTC

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What are the differences between traditional literature and modern literature. Compare and contrast, using bullet...

In examining the terms "traditional" and "modern," literary scholars will differ on the defining time periods or characteristics which qualify those classifications. The following are provided as a...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2020 11:09 am UTC

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What are literary conventions? Do you know of any examples?  

A literary convention is: A customary feature of a literary work, such as the use of a chorus in Greek tragedy, the inclusion of an explicit moral in a fable, or the use of a particular rhyme...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2017 6:25 pm UTC

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What is the theme of "Identity" by Julio Noboa Polanco?

The poem “Identity” by Julio Noboa Polanco is an unrepentant celebration of individuality. Asserting himself against other people, whom he contemptuously likens to well-fed, well-watered flowers,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2020 12:30 pm UTC

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What is the importance of figures of speech?

Figures of speech enhance the author's creation. This is true of any genre and any form of writing. The effective use of figures of speech brings to life what would have been mere words, phrases...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2015 3:28 pm UTC

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Elements Of Novel

A novel is a book-length fictional prose narrative that contains six primary elements: character, plot, point of view, setting, style, and theme. Let's look at these six through a sample novel,...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2020 2:57 pm UTC

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3 Characteristics Of Medieval Period

Medieval literature extends over a wide geographic area and a long span of time, so it is difficult to identify characteristics that apply to all or even most literature of the Middle Ages. That...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2020 4:13 pm UTC

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What is the relationship between history and literature?

The relationship between history and literature is complex and multifaceted. First, literature often presents historical people, places, and events in story form. Think, for instance, of the...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2021 10:24 pm UTC

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Academic Text

The difference between non-academic and academic writing can be important to you when you are doing research for a paper. It also will concern you if you are considering writing as a career. When...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2016 3:49 pm UTC

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What is the difference between the genres of literature (novel, poetry, and drama)?

The main difference between the different forms of literature is the purpose and the way words are arranged. The main difference between prose and poetry is how the words are used. In prose we...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2013 6:57 pm UTC

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What is the difference between poetry and a short story? I need the answer in 3 to 5 sentences.

Poetry is a form of writing in verse, which usually has a musical quality obtained through the specific use of literary elements such as meter and rhyme, and literary devices such as alliteration,...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2010 9:50 pm UTC

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Write a detailed analysis of Eunice de Souza's poem "Advice to Women."

There exists a duality in this sparsely written poem through combining the speaker's frustration and recognition of the humiliation of women with a spirit of resilience and dry optimism. The...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2020 12:08 pm UTC

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What is the importance of myths and legends today, and how do they impact readers today? 

Dictionary.com defines myth this way: A traditional or legendary story, usually concerning some being or hero or event, with or without a determinable basis of fact or a natural explanation,...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2020 7:03 pm UTC

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What does John Proctor mean when he says, "common vengeance writes the law" in The Crucible by Arthur Miller?

This phrase is contained in a speech found in Act II of The Crucible by Arthur Miller. It is spoken by John Proctor at the height of the witchcraft/accusation frenzy in the courts of Salem. At the...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2013 10:40 pm UTC

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How did people send messages in olden days?   

"Olden days" is a fairly relative phrase. Some younger students might consider olden days any time before Instagram existed. They can't fathom a world that existed before cell phones and texting,...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2018 11:28 pm UTC

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What does Nenita feel for her husband? 

It is telling, I think that when Nenita is first introduced, she is described as "the wife." She is not the loving wife, the dutiful wife, the good wife: just the wife. Earlier, she'd taken a nap...

Latest answer posted September 7, 2019 1:20 pm UTC

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What is the theme of the story “The Wretched and the Beautiful”?

In the science fiction short story "The Wretched and the Beautiful" by E. Lily Yu, an alien spaceship lands on a popular tourist beach. Inside are strangely shaped alien refugees (the wretched) who...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2020 5:09 pm UTC

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what are the differences and similarities  between Drama and Novel?  

The primary similarities between a novel and a drama are that they both have plots, complete with rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution; they both have conflicts, characters, and...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2018 3:10 am UTC

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Please give a summary of the story 'By Any Other Name' by Santha Rama Rau. specific summary will be nice

Santa Rama Rau's short story "By Any Other Name" refutes Juliet's contention that something retains its essence no matter what its name. In this colonial story of English imperialism, the teacher...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2015 11:59 pm UTC

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purpose of literary criticism why do we study literary criticism and what is the purpose of literary criticism?

In addition to the excellent posted comments, literary criticism helps reader develop critical thinking skills. Criticisms take the reader to a higher level of cognitive thought by evaluating what...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2010 9:25 pm UTC

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What is the engine in the poem "The Laburnum Top"? Who or what is the engine: the tree or the birds?

I think the engine here definitely refers to the goldfinch and her family. Before she arrives, the laburnum tree is quiet, "quite still," with nothing to indicate that there is anything alive...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2019 2:38 pm UTC

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Write character sketch of Baldwin in the play "the hour of truth" written by Percival Wilde?

Mr. Robert Baldwin is Mr. John Gresham's personal secretary. At the start of the play, Baldwin's wife (Martha), son (John), and daughter (Evie) are tense and worried: John Gresham has just been...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2015 9:38 pm UTC

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What is the correct literary term for a book that begins at the end?

It sounds like what you may be referring to is, as the other instructor has pointed out, a frame story. Such stories start at the ending and then flash back in time to demonstrate how this pivotal...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2017 9:19 am UTC

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What is the setting in Beauty and the Beast?

Beauty and the Beast is a well-known fairytale written by French author and novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, originally published in 1740. Another equally as popular publication is...

Latest answer posted December 23, 2020 12:22 pm UTC

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What is the difference between the words "humble" and "humility"?  

The simplest and most obvious point is that "humble" is an adjective or a verb, whereas "humility" is a noun. More significantly, however, "humble" is often used refer to social status, in phrases...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2019 8:09 am UTC

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Theme Of Little Red Riding Hood

Certainly, one theme of the story is that we must be wary of strangers. Little Red Riding Hood meets the wolf in the forest, "but as she did not know what a bad sort of animal she was, she did not...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2020 12:22 am UTC

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Why Do We Study Literature

The best metaphor I have ever heard on why we read literature is that literature acts as a window or mirror (or both.) This is expressed so often in education that I am not even able to tell you...

Latest answer posted July 24, 2009 7:07 pm UTC

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Provide a critical appreciation of Eunice De Souza's poem "Bequest."

In a critical appreciation of "Bequest," you could focus on the role of women as it is presented in the poem and how Souza utilizes literary devices and form to accomplish that purpose. Souza was...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2020 2:19 pm UTC

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Recursos literarios y análisis del cuento "Los Bomberos" de Mario Benedetti.

Este cuento, "Los Bomberos" de Mario Benedetti, depende mucho de la ironía. El cuento se trata de un hombre llamado Olegario, quien tiene un don de premonición. Olegario ha ganado bastante fama y...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2018 8:12 pm UTC

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What is the difference between drama and prose?

Prose refers to written or spoken language that is not in poetic form, whether in rhythm, rhyme, or structure. Drama is a performing art in which actors use dialogue and actions to tell a story or...

Latest answer posted June 26, 2019 4:38 pm UTC

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How can we analyze the poem "On Turning Ten" by Billy Collins? What are the attitude, theme, and shifts of the poem?

This poem turns on its head the idea that a tenth birthday is a joyous occasion. Instead, the young speaker laments the loss he is feeling as he grows older. The poem shows the pain of maturing...

Latest answer posted May 8, 2020 6:19 pm UTC

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Give a critical analysis for short story "The Rain Came" by Grace Ogot.

In the short story "The Rain Came" by Grace Ogot, customs and traditional beliefs leave Oganda having to face death for her people to have rain. Oganda is to be sacrificed in order to end the...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2011 7:52 am UTC

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What is the theme of Premchand's story "Panch Parmeshwar or Holy Panchayat?"

As was mentioned in the previous post, the central themes throughout the short story examine justice, responsibility, discernment, and friendship. Both characters, Jumman Shaikh and Algu Chowdhry,...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2017 1:26 pm UTC

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 What is the importance of characters in a story? (Their choices, actions and consequences), and the dynamics of...

In general, we read stories to learn about life, about the world around us, and about how people in the world react to their circumstances and experiences. Characters in stories help us see how...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2012 2:59 pm UTC

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In the story "Night Calls" by Lisa Fugard, how does the relationship between Marlene and her father change throughout...

The short story "Night Calls" takes place on a small game preserve in South Africa. A 13-year-old girl named Marlene comes home from her boarding school for the holidays. Five years earlier, her...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2019 1:57 am UTC

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In the story "The Tell-Tale Heart," what is an example of onomatopoeia?

Onomatopoeia is a literary device in which a word is formed to imitate a sound. Examples include "ring," "pow," "snap," and "boom." The first example of onomatopoeia in Edgar Allan Poe's short...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2017 1:46 am UTC

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Why did Daryll Delgado choose the title "Preludes" for his short story?

Merriam-Webster defines a prelude as "an introductory performance, action, or event preceding and preparing for the principal or a more important matter." So it is understood as something that...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2019 4:36 pm UTC

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What is a summary of the poem "The Last Lesson of the Afternoon" by D.H. Lawrence?

The poem "The Last Lesson of the Afternoon" by D.H. Lawrence is about a teacher who is second-guessing his life’s work as an instructor to various students. In this six stanza poem, the poet begins...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2016 6:06 pm UTC

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When quoting a book, do the page numbers go before or after the period? Example: “But we must never speak of the...

Here is how you would quote the passage according to Modern Language Association (MLA) style: But we must never speak of the times before the Great Rebirth…. They whisper many strange things, of...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2016 11:30 pm UTC

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Importance Of Literature

This is a good and important question. English literature is important in many different ways. Let me list a few of them. First, English literature tells us about the history of the English...

Latest answer posted September 13, 2012 1:49 pm UTC

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What does Nenita's herbalista friend feel about Nenita's husband in "Preludes" by Daryll Delgado?

To put it bluntly, she thinks that Nenita's husband is no good. And it's hard to disagree with this assessment given that he's a serial philanderer. But Nenita's friend doesn't just want Nenita to...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019 4:58 am UTC

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What is the purpose of reading a short story?

Sometimes I think you can learn more from short stories than novels, simply because the author gets to his/her point much quicker and is more concise with descriptions. Authors don't write just to...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2014 2:46 am UTC

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Hi. Can you give me great metaphors, similes,personification and figures of speech for this photo? I am stumped...

You will recognize a simile (take care spelling simile as there is no extra i) when you see a comparison using the word "like" or a description of something using as....as when those two things...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2015 12:50 pm UTC

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What are some solid themes that you can think of about guilt?

Since you categorized this question under literature, I'm assuming that you are writing a paper about the theme of guilt in literature. A determining factor in how you approach this is deciding on...

Latest answer posted March 11, 2016 5:09 am UTC

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Did President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address contain parallelism?

There are many examples of parallelism in Abraham Lincoln's short speech. Parallelism is the repetition of the same grammatical structure in a work of writing. Some examples of parallelism include...

Latest answer posted May 18, 2020 11:40 am UTC

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Characteristics Of African Literature

The basic characteristics of African English Literature are: 1) Written in both African and European languages. The predominant African languages used are Amharic, Zulu, Hausa, and Swahili. 2)...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2018 6:20 pm UTC

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What are the characteristics of an autobiography?

A biography is the true story of a person's life. An autobiography is the true story of a person's life when it is written by that person. The author writes about him- or herself in an...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016 6:47 am UTC

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