Explain the theme of destiny and self determination in “Oedipus the King” and “Othello.”

Explain the theme of destiny and self determination in “Oedipus the King” and “Othello.”

  • MACBETH

What reason does Macbeth give for not going and killing Banquo himself?Macbeth hands the dirty…

In Act III Scene 1 of Macbeth by Shakespeare, Macbeth is told by Banquo that he has all the titles now as the witches have predicted, but he also says, …and I fear Thou play’dst most foully for…

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  • OTHELLO

Explain the theme of destiny and self determination in “Oedipus the King” and “Othello.”

The fate and free will is a powerful question in both works. I think that both works show that free will has limitations and that there are other elements at play which tend to hamper full…

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  • THINGS FALL APART

What does the name “Things Fall Apart” mean?

The title of Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart is taken from William Butler Yeats’ poem “Second Coming.” According to Enotes: The title of the novel echoes W. B. Yeats’s poem “The Second…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

Do we accept as coming from Fitzgerald himself Nick’s pronouncement that Gatsby is worth the rest…

Readers may differ in their response to this question, but I believe that Nick is right. And I believe that Fitzgerald leads us to accept this conclusion. Gatsby is a flawed character. He…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

What is a main conflict from Chapters 6-8 in The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton?

To me, the most important conflicts of these three chapters involve Johnny. One is between Johnny and another person (his mother) and one is between Johnny and nature (the fire and its effects). I…

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  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Discuss portia’s character. How does she compare to the men around her? Is Bassanio a worthy…

In The Merchant of Venice, Portia must marry the man who correctly solves the lottery devised in her late father’s will. Such laws are not realistic but they set up revealing dramatic…

  • HISTORY

What is a slave?

A slave is a person who is forced to work for another and who is, moreover, actually the property of the other person. When we use the word slave, we typically use it to mean someone who is owned…

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  • THE GOOD-MORROW

Whats the meaning of ‘country pleasures’, in ‘The Flea’?

I believe that you are not really asking about “The Flea.” The phrase “country pleasures” does not appear in that poem. However, it does appear in “The Good-Morrow.” In that poem, the phrase is…

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  • THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

How does Colonel Sherburn justify shooting Boggs?

I do not really think that Colonel Sherburn ever comes straight out and says why he has shot Boggs. Instead, we have to infer it from what he does say before and after. From that, we can infer…

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  • ANTIGONE

What is a good thesis statement for an essay about the play Antigone by Sophocles?

The following thesis statement once upon a time served me well: A major theme of Antigone is the conflict between religious law and man-made law. Antigone believes in the supremacy of religious law…

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  • THE MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

In “The Mask of the Red Death,” how does setting reflect something specific about the main…

In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death,” the Gothic setting in an old abbey borders on magical realism in which the line between what is real and what is not is worn away, replaced with…

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  • MATH

At what points on the graph of x^2+2y^2=1 is the tangent line parallel to the line y=x+7?

x^2 + 2y^2 = 1 Let us determine the tangent line equation. Differentiate with respect to x: ==> 2x + 4yy’ = 0 ==> y’= -2x/4y = -x/2y But we know that slope of the tangent line is parallel to…

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  • ESSAY LAB

Need help with an essential question and thesis which can be used to write a synthesis essay…

As you think about writing this essay, before you get to the essential question and thesis statement, you are going to have to make some decisions and do some brainstorming. First, decide from the…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

What evidence does the old swamper and the description of the text give about the character of…

The old swamper tells the guys that the boss gave the crew a gallon of whiskey last year for Christmas. This must have been quite a bit for the times because this impressed the old swamper and gave…

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  • GUIDE TO LITERARY TERMS

I’m in dire need of allusions from literature and TV.Please explain exactly where the allusion is…

I’m not sure if you have read Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, but a clear allusion is the title of his novel which alludes to a poem by Robert Burns called “To a Mouse.” This is a pretty simple…

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  • MACBETH

What is an example of tragic irony in Macbeth?I found dramatic irony, and verbal irony examples,…

By definition, tragic irony is a type of dramatic irony in which a tragic event is revealed to the audience before the concerned character knows about the event. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, several…

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  • MATH

Find the formula T(d) that will express the total time for the trip as a function of the distance…

T(d) is the total time of the trip. Then The total time = time when jogging + time when walking ==> T(d) = T + T1 We know that : Time = distance/ speed jogging time t= d/ 8 Walking time t1 = d1/…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

What are some quotes that show the main characters in The Great Gatsby are trying to better their…

There are many quotes reflecting this theme in The Great Gatsby. I will provide a few. Once you see some examples, perhaps you can find even more on your own. In Chapter I, Nick is describing Tom…

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  • THE GIVER

In The Giver, how does the elimination of human emotions negatively affect community dynamics? (…

The main negative effect of the elimination of human emotions is the emotional distance between individuals. In Jonas’s world there is no love. Individuality is censored. Since our emotions…

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  • THE ENGLISH PATIENT

Can you identify three major characters who represent specific themes in the novel?

I think that in nearly any analysis of Ondaatje’s work discussion of the English Patient is of vital importance. Count Almasy is essential to most of the themes in the novel. I would say that the…

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  • SCIENCE

What is psychopharmacology?

Psycho-pharmacology is a field of study that takes a closer scientific and psychological look at the effects of pharmaceutical and other drugs on mood, the senses and behavior. This field has…

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  • ANTIGONE

What is the difference between Antigone and Ismene? How is Ismene a foil to Antigone? How are…

Antigone is certainly much bolder and more independent than her sister is. In the play’s Prologue after Ismene tells Antigone that her plan to bury their brother’s body is impossible, Antigone…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird, what is the occupation of Atticus’ brother?

We are given this information in the very first chapter, that describes the family history of the Finches and also details how Atticus and his siblings made their way in the world. Also, the…

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  • SCIENCE

How do postsynaptic potentials, synaptic transmission, and receptors affect behavior? Why is it…

In order to understand how these factors affect behavior, you must understand the function of neurons in the brain. A neuron is a specialized cell that is used to send and receive messages…

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  • SULA

How can Sula be considered a misunderstood hero when she is portrayed as a villain throughout the…

Sula may be considered a misunderstood hero in the novel Sula because she is continually trying to develop her identity in a community that is not supportive or accepting of her as a person. The…

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  • THE ROCKING-HORSE WINNER

In “The Rocking-Horse Winner”, why does Paul get so sick and die at the end of the story?

It is clear from the story that what drives Paul to making himself ill is his repeated riding sessions on his rocking-horse. Paul is driven to finding out the results of the horse racing by his…

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  • BLISS

What are the representations of gender in Katherine Mansfield’s “Bliss”?

The main female character who is represented in this story is Bertha Young. Katherine Mansfield, using the third-person limited point of view, tells the story from her perspective, and thus we are…

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  • THE ROCKING-HORSE WINNER

In “The Rocking-Horse Winner”, does Paul’s birthday check solve his mom’s problems?

Great question! Clearly the story suggests that it is the mother’s greed and desire for greater material wealth that creates the voices that echo round the house and haunt Paul so badly – “There…

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  • THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, how does Huck feel about Mary Jane?

You are talking here about Mary Jane Wilks who shows up in Chapters 25 through 29. I would say that Huck really likes both her and her sisters and that he thinks that they are very nice, kind…

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  • SONNY’S BLUES

What has made Sonny use heroin?”Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin

After Sonny has been living with the narrator, the narrator watches his brother who stands on the edge of the crowd that listens to the music of a street revival, music that seems “to soothe a…

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  • HISTORY

How did the antebellum market revolution affect the evolution of the role of women?during 1815-1860

I would say that the market revolution did a great deal to decrease the role that women were allowed to play in society. The revolution caused them to be seen as economically useless and as fit…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

What are the fates of the major characters in The Crucible, such as Rev. Parris, Tituba, Abigail,…

Reverend Parris is still the minister of Salem but he has lost most of his credit in the community. Tituba was arrested for being a witch but she was not executed because she confessed. Rebecca…

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  • TWELFTH NIGHT

What is the significance of the title of Twelfth Night and its alternative title, What You Will?

You have asked a very perceptive question. Obviously, the fact that Shakespeare decided to give this play a subtitle makes us ask what relevance the subtitle has to the play at large and causes us…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Why did Atticus massage Jem’s hair after he directly disobeyed his command to go home?

Atticus may have been a bit angry at Jem’s initial refusal to leave the jail that night, but he wasn’t angry afterward. The children’s (Jem, Scout and Dill) arrival at the jail saved the day–and…

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  • HISTORY

What was the cause of the Glorious Revolution?

The Glorious Revolution refers to the bloodless overthrow in England of King James II and replacing him with William and Mary. In 1685 King Charles II died and his brother James became King James…

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  • THE GIFT OF THE MAGI

In “The Gift of the Magi”, I need a quote that can be used to link it to a theme of “material…

This is a rather interesting question, because actually, the gifts that Jim and Dell sacrifice so much for, whilst at first are greeted with joy, are then greeted with unhappiness at first when…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

When Simon whispers to Piggy “What else is there to do?” What now, are the differences…

About a third of the way through Chapter 8, after Jack and Ralph and Roger have seen what they perceive as the beast with its “ruined face,” they return from the mountain and decide that the beast…

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  • MATH

The height in metres of a stone thrown by a student t seconds after it is thrown into the air is…

H(t) = -5t^2 +30t + 2 a) The factor for t^2 is negative because the rock was thrown against the gravity. If the rock was falling toward gravity, then the factor will be positive. b)To reach maximum…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What emotion would an audience feel for Juliet at the end of Act III, Scene 5?

I would say that an audience (at least in modern times) would feel pretty sorry for Juliet by the end of this scene. In this scene, the adults who are supposed to care about Juliet have not acted…

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  • FLANNERY O’CONNOR

Need some essays talking about The French Schoool Of Comparative Literature,Please Help if you…

Do you mean by the background, the background of the work itself or that of the writer himself and his way in writing,his works,his thoughts and techniques

  • ROMEO AND JULIET

When Juliet is left wth her mother and the nurse, how do their responses about the situation differ?

Two things: Ask one question at a time and cite the Act and scene you want and answer from. Otherwise we edit your question down to one, and have to guess where you are asking from. When Juliet is…

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  • SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS

What are some of the negative reviews of Snow Falling on Cedars or where could I find this…

Enotes actually has a couple reviews available right on the site. The links below will take you to the full text. The first mostly complains about the novel’s lack of excitement. In short, the…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

What are 2 external and 2 internal conflicts in Of Mice and MenI need this to help my essay

John Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men’s very title hints at the struggles to come in the narrative. Taken from Robert Burns’s poem, “To A Mouse” which ends with the line The best laid scemes…

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  • HISTORY

major similarities between persian and roman empiresits for a essay assigment

There are many similiarities between the ancient Persian empire and that of the ancient Romans. First, both empires grew up in the same general area; that being around the Mediterranean Sea. They…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What evidence shows that Jem understood the situation at the jail while Scout did not?It’s a hard…

There are two evidences that Jem understood what was going on much better than Scout. At first, when they are just spying on Atticus, Jem understands there is a reason the kids shouldn’t go out…

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  • HISTORY

What were the conditions behind the Glorious Revolution?

I would say that there were two main conditions that were behind this revolution. They were A) the fact the England had been a Protestant country for most of the past 150 years at that point and…

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  • MATH

How do I find k if x^4-kx^3-2x^2+x+4 is divided by x-3 and the remainder is 16

Let f(x) = x^4-kx^3-2x^2+x+4 If f(x) is divided by x-3 , then the remainder is 16. Then we could write: f(x) = (x-3) * R(x) + 16 Now let us substitute with x =3: ==> f(3) = 0 * R(3) + 16 = 16…

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  • HISTORY

How were African Americans treated during World War II?More specifically, how were African…

At that time, the US Army, like America itself, was still segregated. African-Americans fought in the Army, Navy and Army Air Force, and fought well on the battlefield. The Tuskegee Airmen unit…

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  • HISTORY

What is the course of the Glorious Revolution?

There was not really all that much to the Glorious Revolution — not that much happened — even though the impact was quite important. Basically, all that happened in this was that the Parliament…

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  • SCIENCE

Adhering to the standardsWhich standard in science do other science teachers feel is the most…

I think you have probably chosen the most important.If we can teach students, in all subjects, to use evidence that is available to them to problem solve we are providing them with a skill that…

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