Give a critical appreciation and brief summary of Browning’s "My Last Duchess."

Give a critical appreciation and brief summary of Browning’s "My Last Duchess."

  • ANIMAL FARM

In Chapter 6 of Animal Farm what does Squealer say about the new policy of engaging in trade with…

One of the original resolutions put forth by the animal leaders in their new government was that the animals would not engage in trade with neighboring farms. The idea was that the farm would be…

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  • MY LAST DUCHESS

Give a critical appreciation and brief summary of Browning’s “My Last Duchess.”

“My Last Duchess” by Robert Browning has only slight design. The lines follow each other without formal grouping; the only breaks are dictated by units of meaning, much in the manner of paragraphs…

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  • THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN

What would be a good theme for an essay on the book that isn’t too cliche? There are alot of…

I think that a theme worthy of exploration in this book is how identity is created when multiple forces exert simultaneous influence on an individual. The novel is a bildungsroman, or coming of…

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  • WHIRLIGIG

In the novel Whirligig by Paul Fleischman, why doesn’t Brent admit that he tried to kill…

Brent does not admit that he tried to kill himself first of all because he is too deeply ashamed. He is basically a good person who made a stupid, tragic mistake with horrible consequences. When…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

Explain the symbolic wall between Montag and Mildred.Part I- The Hearth and the Salamander

Montag and Mildred are married, and are not happy but function together as a unit. Mildred’s existence is centred around the television, a screen that takes up an entire wall. Her desire is to have…

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  • A CLEAN, WELL-LIGHTED PLACE

What repetitions of words/phrases in “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” seem particularly effective,…

Hemingway is often referred to as a minimalist; his understated manner of expression in objective and terse prose characterizes his desire to describe without frills, and without the imposition of…

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  • A SEPARATE PEACE

What are some obstacles that the characters had to overcome in The Separate Peace book?Each…

The narrator of the story, Gene, has internal and external obstacles to overcome, and I will give you one example of each. Gene is an introspective kind of person, perhaps what we may call a…

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  • WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

For what period of time did William Shakespeare write plays? How long did he spend as an actor?

The greatest of all English language writers, William Shakespeare (1564-1616) wrote most of his plays within a period of a quarter century. It is believed that he wrote his first plays (Richard III…

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  • A SEPARATE PEACE

Identify the use of symbols in “A Separatre Peace”.

This is really several questions in one, I think, so I will address one literary element, that of symbolism. There are two prominent symbols in the novel, the tree and the steps. You will no…

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  • WHEN I HEARD THE LEARN’D ASTRONOMER

What is Walt Whitman saying in his poem, When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer? Is the learn’d…

Whitman seeks to expand the appreciation of both scientific phenomena and the natural world in this particular poem. Representing a sense of American Romanticism, Whitman appreciates to a certain…

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  • LADY LAZARUS

What is “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath about?

This poem has a theme of resurrection, of rising from the dead, and of the spectacle that such an occurrence is in one’s life and the life of those who witness such an event. Whether this…

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  • FAMILY MAN

What are the social issues in the story Family Man by Calvin Trillin that are related to our…

Most of the social issues that arise from Trillin’s collection of stories revolves around the collision between tradition and modernity. Trillin writes with a perspective that is “nostalgically…

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  • THE FAERIE QUEENE

How is The Faerie Queene enjoyable as an adventure and allegory?

If you can follow the action, amid all of Spenser’s poetic and archaic language, the adventures of Red Cross and Una are exciting. While so much of the poem is an allegory (that is, a character,…

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  • TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE

What four things did Morrie say were the big questions in life in Tuesdays with Morrie?I need the…

I believe that the big questions in life you are asking about are, “Have you found someone to share your heart with? Are you giving to your community? Are you at peace with yourself? Are you…

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  • JACOB HAVE I LOVED

What is Captain Hiram Wallace’s distinguishing characteristic in Jacob Have I Loved?Chapter 5…

There are a number of distinguishing characteristics about Captain Hiram Wallace. Probably the most notable one is his reputation. Hiram Wallace is thought of as having been a coward in his…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

Ralph “wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air…

I think the operative word in the Golding quote was “instead”. I believe that Ralph should be mouring Simon “too” and not “instead”. Both Simon and Piggy saw the source of evil early in the story….

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  • THE GOOD EARTH

How does the spring signal a new beginning to Wang Lung in The Good Earth?

Spring signals a new beginning to Wang Lung in The Good Earth because his life, hopes, and dreams are tied directly to his land. As a farmer, Wang Lung’s livelihood comes from the profit that he…

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  • A CHRISTMAS MEMORY

In “A Christmas Memory”, which details in the description of Mr. Haha Jones’ cafe make it seem…

Buddy and Cousin go to Haha’s cafe to get rum for the fruitcake recipe. The place is threatening because Haha Jones is a scary looking guy, very imposing in size, he is not a happy person as his…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

What is the simile that Hawthorne uses to describe the emotions on the face of the stranger as he…

Hawthorne uses two different similes to describe how the stranger reacts upon seeing Hester. Both are in the third paragraph. At first the man pays little attention to her: like a man chiefly…

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  • MY ANTONIA

Provide similarities or differences between My Antonia, by Willa Cather, and The Sound and the…

In comparing The Sound and the Fury, by William Faulker, and My Antonia, by Willa Cather, I find more dissimilarities than similarities. What strikes me most are the mood, and the characters of…

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  • BLESS ME, ULTIMA

How did Antonio feel about plants, the river, and other parts of nature?

Tony feels a tie to the land and its features that he can’t quite explain or put his finger on. He is both a Luna and a Marez. He feels the pull of the land from his mother’s side, and the pull…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

In “Fahrenheit 451” list three things Beatty talks about in his speech to Montag that are true…

  1. “With school turning out more runners, jumpers, racers, tinkerers, grabbers, snatchers, fliers, and swimmers instead of examiners, critics, knower and imaginative creators, the word…

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  • THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND

In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, what crops were grown in Wethersfield?Were there any livestock?…

The Witch of Blackbird Pond is set in Wethersfield, Connecticut, a Puritan village, in the year 1687. Corn is the staple crop of this community—notice how often the family eats corn pudding,…

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  • THE HIDING PLACE

Who is Pickwick in the book The Hiding Place?

Pickwick was a friend of Mr. ten Boom and a member of the Dutch Underground who indirectly secures the secret room for the ten Boom family. The Dutch Underground, of course, worked secretly…

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  • DOCTOR FAUSTUS

What is the theme of Doctor Faustus?

One of the overriding themes of Marlowe’s work is the inherent danger in appropriating the world in accordance to one’s own subjectivity. The element of Faustus making a pact with the devil in…

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  • REFERENCE

How long does it take for codeine to get out of your system?

This is an interesting question. I’m allergic to codeine, so it would be good for me to know how long it stays in the body as well. A definitive answer will depend on the amount of the dosage…

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  • NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AN AMERICAN SLAVE

In Ch. 9, how does Douglass come to know the date?

It is important to read Douglass’ narrative carefully. He was a masterful writer who chose words very carefully. In the beginning of Chapter 9, Douglass writes “I have now reached a period of my…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

In Chapter 8 of “The Great Gatsby”, what does Jordan do the morning following the accident?How is…

The day after the accident, Jordan Baker calls Nick at work and tells him that she has left Daisy’s house and gone to Hempstead. She tells him that she is heading to South Hampton. The…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

In Chapter VII, what foreshadows trouble at Gatsby’s mansion? What causes Mr. Wilson’s sickness?

In Chapter VII, Gatsby shuts down his parties, he no longer needs to have them now that he has a direct link to Daisy. The parties were only to lure Daisy so that he could see her. He has…

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  • THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ

Do you think the lion, tin woodman and scarecrow were really without their brain, heart and courage?

The essence of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz lies in the basic understanding contained within “There’s no place like home.” The idea here is that one has happiness and only needs to realize it,…

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  • REFERENCE

Debate Topic – Travel Broadens The MindI am currently involved in a debate and was given this…

This is a tough one to debate against, but I’ll try. Travel exposes a person to danger. When traveling to foreign places, one can be exposed to a variety of diseases and parasites. Airline…

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  • THE HIDING PLACE

In The Hiding Place, what are Corrie’s three visions in the last chapter?

There are a number of visions that are made real in the last chapter of The Hiding Place. The visions are Betsie’s, brought to fruition by Corrie in her stead. One of the three visions referred to…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

What are the theoritical background of common problems of freshmen?

Your question is a bit vague, but since you have posted it under “Social Sciences,” I will discuss some social sciences concepts that might apply to some typical freshman problems. First, what are…

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  • THE SEARCH FOR SUPERSTRINGS, SYMMETRY, AND THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

What would be three good aspects to compare and contrast in The Sniper and The Monkey’s Paw?The…

The two stories both qualify as suspenseful, The Monkey’s Paw due to the mystical characteristics of the charm, the monkey’s paw, and The Sniper because of the mystery of the identity of the enemy…

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  • ANNE OF GREEN GABLES

What did Anne say was good about herself? In “Anne of Green Gables”

Anne had the gift to be able to see the “good side” of people and even become “a kindred spirit” to the least likely candidates. For instance, at the beginning of the story she soon wins over…

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  • THE NECKLACE

Is “The Necklace” humorous or frightening? Does the author want the reader to cry or laugh?Is…

I don’t find the story particularly humorous; it is more satirical in its style of humor, if there is a style of humor present at all. If anything, the author wants the reader to possibly be…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

How does Abigail Williams add to the dramatic effect of “The Crucible”?

Abigail is the ultimate drama queen. She IS most of the drama in “The Crucible.” From the moment that we meet her in act one, to the end when she bails on Salem, she adds dramatic impact. One of…

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  • EDMUND SPENSER

Who named Edmund Spenser as the “poet’s poet”?

Edmund Spenser was first called the “Poet’s Poet” by the English essayist Charles Lamb. Although the phrase does not appear in any of Lamb’s writings, Leigh Hunt attributes it to him in his…

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  • NADINE GORDIMER

Once Upon a Time’s events are presented in strict chronological order. Give some examples of…

In Gordimer’s short story, strict chronology of events is important because it shows the levels to which the family becomes more and more obsessed with their safety and security. Each step towards…

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  • DIGGING

What is “Toner’s bog” mentioned in Heaney’s poem, “Digging”?

The question of “What is Toner’s bog?” is a very interesting one precisely because there doesn’t seem to be any really definitive answer. My grandfather could cut more turf in a dayThan any…

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  • TWO KINDS

symbolismI am trying to determine two or more forms of symbolism that the writer uses. Please help.

Sometimes a symbol is a tangible object that communicates an idea. In The Great Gatsby, Gatsby’s big yellow touring car and his huge mansion symbolize his great wealth. Also, a person or a place…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

Find 1 example that supports OR rejects Ray’s view that the media does harm to our independent…

Naturally. there can be many ways to answer this question. I think that one example where the media enhanced our independent thinking and compelled us to view books as a source of knowledge was…

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  • HISTORY

What is the difference between today’s women and how things used to be?Not just the more freedom,…

I will run with the second half of the question and use it to address the first half. There are many women whose voice played a powerful rule in defining how women today view themselves in…

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  • HISTORY

Archaeological Dig SimulationI know there is a curriculum out there where groups of kids imagine…

I’ve done that when I taught 7th grade World Geography. Try these links: http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/nationalcurriculum/units/2006/4/06.04.10.x.html http://studyplans.com/Early%20Cultures.htm…

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  • ESSAY LAB

What is the format for writing a formal report?

The website below gives valuable information on how to progress with writing a formal report. The steps featured are very thorough and detailed. From my own point of view, I would suggest your…

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  • THE WESTING GAME

Who is Sam Westing, and these other characters from The Westing Game?Grace Wexler, Flora…

Sam Westing is the central character in the book. He is a “mysterious industrialist” who disappeared several years before the start of the story. He has since reputedly been found dead in his…

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  • HOLOCAUST

Who were the victims of the Holocaust?

The previous post was very well constructed in its definition. I just wish to add one more element to this discourse. The Primary target of the Nazis were individuals of the Jewish Faith….

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ what is significant about Boo’s “feathery” hair?At the end of the…

Whenever you’re reading a literary work, remember that not everything is a symbol or is to be taken as significant. It is a common mistake for both teachers and students to “read into” a text much…

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  • OTHELLO

Discuss why a modern audience might not find Desdemona a believable character in “Othello”….

A modern audience would definitely object to Desdemona’s continued innocence at the potential for treachery in the world, especially once she is accused of being unfaithful by her husband….

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  • OTHELLO

The handkerchief is a vital bit of stage business in this play. Point out its dramatic…

In Shakespeare’s Othello, the handkerchief is an incredibly important symbol. First, Othello tells Desdemona that his mother had given him the handkerchief as a sign of her love for him. As a…

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