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Answered a Question in As You Like It
In his famous monologue (As You Like It, Act II Scene vii), Jacques doesn't actually use alliteration as a primary rhetorical device. In fact, I think it might be more beneficial to ask why Jaques...
Answered a Question in Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
Looking at this passage, it's hard to decide where to start. What direction should we approach it from to best lead us to understanding? Literature in general, but poetry especially, can be...
Answered a Question in Hamlet
For the most exciting stories, we want the juiciest material—gaps where the character is in a really different place before and after. What comes to mind for you? Here's what my mind jumped to:...
Answered a Question in Literature
When you use a specific style of criticism to approach a piece of literature, you are looking for ways the story relates to your style. In other words, when you use Approach X, you read the story...
Answered a Question in Poetry
The most important thing to remember in analyzing literature of any kind—certainly poetry—is that authors choose their words for a reason. Especially when you're close reading, assume that the...
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