Answered a Question in The Guide
What makes a novel qualify as “picaresque”? The word itself refers to a story about a “rough and dishonest but appealing hero” who...
Answered a Question in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
After Sirius and Lupin reveal Ron’s pet rat, Scabbers, to actually be a long-thought dead Animagus named Peter Pettigrew, Peter is...
Answered a Question in US History (General)
There are many similarities between the 1960s and the present day. Perhaps a good way to look at these commonalities is to look at the...
Answered a Question in The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
In his poems "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "The Hollow Man," T. S. Eliot lays out two types of futility and pointlessness:...
Answered a Question in The Great Gatsby
When Nick tells Gatsby he “can’t repeat the past,” he is referring to Gatsby’s obsession with Daisy and the dreams they had when they...
Answered a Question in History
When it comes to commitment to freedom, in some ways the United States is the flag bearer. When it comes to a just social order, that...
Answered a Question in Under the Volcano
The novel begins in Mexico in 1939, one year after the deaths of Yvonne and the Consul, who both died on the Day of the Dead the...
Answered a Question in Law and Politics
The answer to this question depends on how one views the function of government. In the United States, for example, some people...
Answered a Question in Literature
John Donne’s "Meditation 17" contains the line “no man is an island,” and Simon and Garfunkel’s song “I Am a Rock” says the opposite,...
Answered a Question in The Convergence of the Twain
As Thomas Hardy himself alludes to in part of the poem's title ("Lines on the loss of the Titanic"), the poem is about the...
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