GUIDE TO LITERARY TERMS

# GUIDE TO LITERARY TERMS

• BRAVE NEW WORLD

Does the World State treat people as commodities in Brave New World?

One reason that I use Brave New World at times when teaching political science classes is that the book shows the way in which totalitarian government treat people as commodities. I also use when…

• BRAVE NEW WORLD

In Brave New World, how are the various castes different from one another?

It becomes clear as you read the first chapter of this amazing book and we are given a tour of a “Hatchery” that there are five castes in this society, each named after the first five letters of…

• MYTHOLOGY AND CENSORSHIP

I need help writing a speech on Hades the god of underworld.The speech has to be in first person…

There is much that can be done with this task. In the end, I think that the best way to go about this is to collect a variety of facts about Hades and use it as a way to build the “Who Am I”…

• LORD OF THE FLIES

How is the following quote significant in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies? “You and your…

The significance of this quote is tri-fold. First, it demonstrates that Jack had a different priority than Ralph. Although feeding the group of boys is a noble cause, it is not the cause that will…

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Could you tell me about the setting of the Women’s Missionary Circle in chapter 24 of To Kill a…

I would confirm that the missionary circle takes place at the Finches’ home under the care of Aunt Alexandra during the end of summer before the kids go back to school, in August. Aunt Alexandra…

• MATH

Find the numbers a and b from in relation (3x+1)/(x^2-4)=a/(x-2)+b/(x+2)

To determine a and b, we’ll have to calculate the least common denominator of the 3 ratios. LCD = (x-2)(x+2) = x^2 – 4 LCD = x^2 – 4 Now, we’ll multiply the first ratio from the right side by x+2…

• THE KITE RUNNER

In The Kite Runner, what would be some good quotes on redemption? I’m doing a Literary Analysis…

Well, you have certainly picked a vital theme that is important to understand the novel, and in particular, the character of Amir. The whole novel, in a sense, marks his journey from his foolish…

• HISTORY

What difference did the Forage War make in the story of the American Revolution?

I assume that you are talking about the time in early 1777 when George Washington attempted to hurt the British by stopping their foraging parties. He believed that he could weaken the British by…

• MATH

Find the angle x for sin^2x+sinx*cosx-4cos^2x+1=0

To solve sin^2x+sinxcosx-4cos^2+1 = 0. We know that sin^2x +cos^2x = 1. So cos^2x = 1-sin^2x. We substitute cos^2x = 1-sin^2x in the given equation: sin^2x+sinxcosx-4(1-sin^2x) +1 = 0….

• MATH

Solve for x (3x + 1)/7 – (3x + 5)/3 = (x+3)/21.

Before computing x, we’ll have to calculate the least common denominator of the 3 ratios. LCD = 3*7 LCD = 21 Now, we’ll multiply the first ratio by 3 and the second ratio by 7. The 3rd ratio has…

• THE LADY OR THE TIGER?

In “The Lady, or The Tiger,” do you think the lady or the tiger will be chosen?

Key to thinking about the answer to this question is the motivation of the king’s daughter. We are given key clues that help us identify more about the kind of person she is and based on that we…

• MATH

Determine the antiderivative of 1/(x+5)

To find the antiderivative of 1/(x+5). Let f(x) = 1/(x+5). To find the function F(x) such that F'(x) = f(x) = 1/(x+5). We know that d/dx { log (ax +b)} = (ax+b)’/(ax+b). d/dx {log(ax+b)} =…

What is the relation between a contraction and a recession?

There is really very little technical difference between these two things. The term recession is perhaps a bit more of a “popular” term while the term “contraction” is more of a technical term…

• JULIUS CAESAR

What makes the scene of Caesarâ€™s assassination highly dramatic in Julius Caesar?

I love this question. You are really investigating the action of the play that accompanies the text — an investigation that is crucial to fully appreciating a work written to be performed by…

• MATH

Solve the system x-y=pi/3 sinx+siny=3^1/2

To solve the system: x-y=pi/3………(1) sinx+siny=3^1/2………(2) From (1) we get x = y+pi/3. We substitute this in (2): sin (x+pi/3) + sinx = sqrt3. 2sin (x+x+pi/3)/2 cos (pi/3)/2 = sqrt3,…

• MATH

What is the result when differentiate the function y=[ln(3x)]^1/6?

This is a composed function and we’ll differentiate from the last function to the first, using the chain rule: We’ll re-write the function: y = f(x) = [ln(3x)]^1/6 The last function is the power…

• THE GREAT GATSBY

Based on the poem “To An Athlete Dying Young” by Houseman, what would Houseman have to say about…

This is an interesting question to think about, though I’m not sure Houseman’s poem is particularly analagous to The Great Gatsby. In “To An Athlete Dying Young,” Houseman discusses the virtues of…

• MATH

What is E(a) if a^2-3a+1=0 and E(x)=x^4-3x^3+4x^2-9x+3

We’ll consider the expression E(x) and we’ll re-write it substituting 4x^2 by the sum 3x^2 + x^2 E(x) = x^4 – 3x^3 + 3x^2 + x^2 – 9x + 3 We’ll group the terms in a convenient way: E(x) = (x^4 -…

• MATH

Given the sum x + 1/x = 4 what is x^2 + 1/x^2, x^3 + 1/x^3 ?

x+ 1/x = 4 Let us square both sides: ==> (x+ 1/x)^2 = 4^2 ==? x^2 + 2 + 1/x^2 = 16 Reaarange terms: ==> x^2 ++ 1/x^2 + 2 = 16 Now subtract 2 from both sides: ==> x^2 + 1/x^2 = 14 x^3 +…

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

When Atticus leaves the courtroom in To Kill a Mockingbird, why did those people sitting in the…

Those people sitting in the balcony during the trial scene of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird–aside from Scout, Jem, and their friend Dill–are black people, of course. In that bygone era of Jim…

• MATH

Calculate the sum S = (25-x^2)^1/2 + (15-x^2)^1/2 if (25-x^2)^1/2 – (15-x^2)^1/2 = 2?

We notice that the terms of the sum to be calculated are the terms of the given difference. We’ll note the terms in this way: sqrt(25-x^2) = a and sqrt(15-x^2) = b We’ll write the given difference…

• ROMANTICISM

What is the difference between Romanticism and Transcendentalism?

Certainly these two literary movements share many similarities, however both are distinctly different enough to warrant their separate grouping. Romanticism values feeling and intuition over…

• 1984

I am doing a research project for English class on dictatorship in 1984. Can you please help?I’m…

I think that you might be on a very good track here. I believe that you might be well set to argue that Orwell’s work is more of a cautionary tale about the dangers of totalitarian rule. Given…

• A CLEAN, WELL-LIGHTED PLACE

What are themes of “A Clean, Well,-Lighted Place” by Hemingway?

The most important theme in this story relates to humankind’s despair. It is an existential theme of Man against Nature, as existential despair is the result of the nature of life, the nature of…

• MATH

Why do i get 1 when raise a number to 0 power?

To respond to this question, we’ll create the sequence of power of 2. We’ll raise 2 to the second, third , fourth powers. 2^2 = 2*2 = 4 2^3 = 2*2*2 = 4*2 = 8 = 2*2^2 2^4 = 2*2*2*2 = 8*2 = 16 =…

• ROMEO AND JULIET

What is important for students to know about Act II, scene ii, in Romeo and Juliet, and how can…

I don’t believe that you can make anyone do or learn anything. As the old saying goes: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” Maybe it would be helpful for you to focus on…

• HISTORY

How did George Washington carry out the role of commander in chief during his time as President?

Most of the actions that George Washington took as commander-in-chief were taken before he was president — during the Revolutionary War. However, he did take at least one action while President…

• ENLIGHTENMENT

What was the goal of Enlightenment writers such as Hobbes and Locke? Ex. Thomas Hobbes and John…

From the most fundamental of standpoints, Enlightenment political thinkers sought to integrate scientific principles or ideas into governing policy and practice. Enlightenment writers felt that…

• GREAT EXPECTATIONS

In the novel Great Expectations, how are Pip and Magwitch similar?Great Expectations by Charles…

In Charles Dickens’s classic novel of maturation, Great Expectations, the characters of Pip and Magwitch are certainly memorable. While they appear to share few, if any, similarities, there are…

• MOBY DICK

What are the similarities between the story of Moby Dick and Jonah the prophet in the Bible (who…

The similarities between Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, and the story of Jonah in the Bible center around the whale, and the faith of the two protagonists. In the story of Moby Dick, the major…

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird, what are some good quotes to show how Scout and Atticus are alike and…

It is not by chance that Scout’s character is drawn by author Harper Lee as a chip-off-the-block of father Atticus. Lee based both characters on her own life: Scout is a microcosm of Lee herself,…

• THERE WILL COME SOFT RAINS

Create and outline a time line of the events in the house that occur in order to build a setting…

It is the year 2026 and a house in California that is automated announces that it is August 4 and time to wake up. As the house does everything, breakfast is made but there is no one to eat it….

• 1984

What is the only difference between the Party and the Nazis in 1984?

I am sure there exists more than one difference between the the regimes mentioned. In my mind, I think that the Party is probably different than the Nazis because of the mass extermination of…

• BRAVE NEW WORLD

How is the aim of making everbody happy achieved?

This goal is achieved in a number of ways: First, the state engineers the people to have levels of intelligence that match the work that they will do. That way, you don’t have really smart people…

• POETRY

I am discussing Rap and Canonicity.I’m writing a THESIS about Rap / Hip Hop and comparing it to…

I think that much of this is going to be dependent on what rap you are going to be using and what particular artists you wish to link. Short answer is that you can probably find much in way of…

What do you like or dislike about “The Lady of Shallot?” Refer closely to the text in support of…

“The Lady of Shallot” by Alfred Lord Tennyson, has the three characteristics of a medieval romance: love, magic (the supernatural), and chivalry. I very much enjoy the romantic mood of the story…

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Why didn’t Mayella just state the truth during the trial of Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Mayella knew that to testify the truth would bring shame to her and her family. Ironically, it was racism that motivated her false accusation of rape against Tom; and it is racism she fears when…

• THE OUTSIDERS

If Dally didn’t have Soda and Ponyboy, why would he be a Soc in The Outsiders?

Dally tells his brothers this, and there is some substance to his argument. Firstly, Dally was intelligent enough to stay on at school unlike the lovable but empty-headed Soda. We also discover…

• SCIENCE

A car starts moving along a line,first with accelaration a=2m/s^2,starting from rest then…

this is the solution

• THE COLOR OF WATER

Why is the book “the color of water” by James McBride called like that? what does the title…

because in the book ruth told james that the color of water is the color of god

• A ROSE FOR EMILY

Explain the meaning of the quote below and how it connects to the shocking ending of “A Rose for…

This statement is made by the narrator in “A Rose for Emily” in connection to Emily’s reaction to her father’s death. In the preceding passage, the narrator explains that when Emily’s father died…

• HISTORY

What does it mean ‘rift widens’?how was proceed events..

Because your question is rather incomplete, I am unable to answer it all. The term, “the rift widens” means that the division or opening between two people, ideas, or countries has gotten larger….

• THE GLASS MENAGERIE

What about Jim is representative of the real world in The Glass Menagerie?

I think that the ruptured hopes that Jim represents is indicative of the real world. Amanda and Laura view Jim as the “gentleman caller” who will be the magic solution to their problems. He has…

• A ROSE FOR EMILY

Explain the quote below and say how it foreshadows the ending of “A Rose for Emily”?From “A Rose…

Emily has taken up with Homer Baron and her distant relatives come to talk her out of her involvement with Homer. While the relatives are at Emily’s home, trying to convince her to come to her…

• A ROSE FOR EMILY

In A Rose for Emily, how does the change of Ms Emily ‘s outer appearance reflect the change of…

Following the disappearance of Homer Barron, Miss Emily retreated into the confines of her home and was rarely seen again. When neighbors did catch a glimpse of her, they found that she had become…

• ROMEO AND JULIET

How does Shakespeare categorize the women who are secondary characters in Romeo and Juliet?

The categorizations that the three secondary women characters in Romeo and Juliet share is that they are all three mothers and they each give advice of one sort or another. In addition to that,…

• GUIDE TO LITERARY TERMS

literatureDefine literature and its impact on mankind.

Wow – a very massive and broad topic you have come up with here. I guess in terms of the impact of literature on mankind you can think about how it immortalises certain experiences from certain…

• MICHAEL DORRIS

Why does Michael Dorris use the narrative structure of braiding to frame his book, and how does…

He uses it to show the three lives of Rayona, Christine, and Ida entertwined in one story. He also uses braids to symbolize stability in one’s self. Ida’s mom did not have her hair braided when she…

• HISTORY

What would you want after a period of turmoil: anarchy or order?If you were writing about…

Personally, I think that I would write in favor of order in such a situation. But that is, of course, a personal opinion. My thinking here is that people tend to want things to be “normal.” There…