How does Okonkwo differ from Western heroes with whom you are more familiar?

How does Okonkwo differ from Western heroes with whom you are more familiar?

  • THINGS FALL APART

How does Okonkwo differ from Western heroes with whom you are more familiar?

If you are asking about Okonkwo, he differs in many ways from the conventional Western hero. He is a difficult person to like. He is insecure because of his father’s failures; he beats his wives;…

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  • THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is considered to be satire. How can one see this? Where exactly are…

Satire’s mission is to expose vice and folly in both individuals and institutions (religious, political, social, etc.). Satire uses irony, hyperbole, and incongruity as tactics to expose…

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  • THE OPEN BOAT

Stephen Crane mentions several details about the dingy. What is the significance of these details?

The dingy is described as small and cramped, filled with four men who are desperately trying to get to short. The details about the dingy help to emphasize the physical danger and discomfort of the…

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  • DOCTOR FAUSTUS

How does Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus compare to Shelley’s Frankenstein?

Both Christopher Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus and Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein treat some of the same themes, specifically the question of intellectual pride. In Doctor Faustus, the title…

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  • JONATHAN SWIFT

What is the most famous quotation in Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal”?

Jonathan Swift was an Irish satirist who is famous for many quotations and works. One of his most famous quotes may be, “A child will make two dishes at an entertainment for friends; and when the…

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  • FENCES

How is Troy a user and manipulator of others in Fences?Does this make him a liar, self deceptive,…

Troy is not a completely honest person, but he falls short of being a user or manipulator of others. Though he is controlling of his son Cory and somewhat under-handed in dealing with his promotion…

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  • THE ULTIMATE SAFARI

What is the summary of The Ultimate Safari by Natalie Gobimer?

The story is about a girl who is about nine or ten years old. She lives in a village situated along the South Africa and Mozambique village. She lives in the latter and her village is being…

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  • YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN

In the story Young Goodman Brown by Nathaniel Hawthorne, how is the nature of evil presented in…

The evil in the story allegedly comes from the devil and could be described as diabolical. According to the Bible, which the Puritans based their society on, the devil was both shrewd and a master…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

Are Romeo and Juliet’s feelings of true love authentic or are they in love with the way they look?

This question is an evaluative one, meaning, you must identify criteria for “authentic love.” This love contrasts with physical love rooted in desire and admiration of beauty. So, first ask…

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  • A SEPARATE PEACE

In “A Separate Peace” Gene’s war ended before he ever put on a uniform. What does he mean and how…

At the end of the book, Gene explained that most people came up against something in their lives that tested them to the max, and broke them, “and they were not the same again.” For most…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Identify the racial and gender composition of populations that are currently incarcerated in the…

The vast majority of prisoners incarcerated in the U.S. are African American males. Approximately seventy percent of all inmates fit this description. The other thirty percent are a combination of…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

What are the character profiles for the characters in Fahrenheit 451?Character traits, conflicts….

Wow-that question is quite the request! The characters in Fahrenheit 451 are so incredibly diverse and interesting that it would be impossible, in the space allotted, to cover every one of them….

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

In the movie Idiocracy, what are the examples of metaphors/similes, sarcasm, irony, fiction as…

This is a GREAT movie. I wish that I could show it to my students for the opportunity to reflect on these same qualities. Idiocracy is, on the surface, just a crude comedy. When you look more…

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  • LITERATURE

What are five specific characteristics of literary naturalism?

objectivity- thick facts, no mood or tone from the author. extremely descriptive- Any death or sex scene will be explained to you to a T pessimist/depressive- The development and end is always…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

Why did Romeo and Juliet kiss all the time?

In Act I, scene v, of “Romeo and Juliet”, the two characters meet at the party at the Capulet’s house. This is the only scene where Shakespeare actually includes a “kiss” as a part of the action…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

homer the odysseyhelp!!! wat is the main point of homer the odyssey

The main point: the desire to get home and the difficulty in getting there. See the eNotes study guide for help with themes.

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  • THE GARDEN PARTY: AND OTHER STORIES

How can I analyze the use of symbols in “The Garden Party”? What is the way to analyze symbolism?

Analysing symbolism takes a little work and a little digging. First, the definition of a symbolic word, object, statement or concept is that it is one that stands for itself (e.g., a rose is a…

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  • THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

Give suitable title of your own to each day dreams in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and state…

I would give each of the incidents a dramatic name to highlight the excitement and adventure that Walter Mitty does not have in his own life, perhaps using cliched expressions to reinforce this -…

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  • WORLD WAR II

Was bombing civilians in World War 2 justified ?I can’t seem to find a good position because I am…

Civilians always die during a war. That is the nature of warfare. Bombing centers of civilian population during World War II should perhaps be considered in terms of offensive vs. defensive…

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  • OLIVER TWIST

Who was Nancy, how would you describe her, and how and why was she killed?

Nancy is a prostitute and destitute who is also a part of a gang of thieves led by a man named Fagin. In that gang is also her boyfriend, Bill (Sikes). This gang has a fixation on Oliver since he…

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  • TEACHERS

Are you on Twitter? Do you use it in the classroom?Twitter is a lot of fun, I don’t know how it…

I use Twitter for microbloging with the students. I post a question, and they have all day to respond. I like it because it gives them little space to blabber, and more focus to specifically answer…

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  • HISTORY

I am trying to develop a thesis statement regarding the Aztec civilization, any help would be…

Always think of a thesis statement as the answer to a question, this will help you to streamline your topic. For example, you need a thesis statement for the Aztec civilization, this is too broad a…

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  • NEW ENGLISH BOOKS…

“Mirrors and Windows”We recently received a new sample set of textbooks at our school: It was…

A quick search tells me this is from EMC/Paradigm Publishing. It appears to me that “Mirrors and Windows” is a philosophy rather than a set of books. I have no experience with that label, and if…

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  • GEORGE HERBERT

“But though the whole world turn to coal” is a metaphor in the poem “Virtue”, but what does it mean?

The poem Virtue by George Herbert is set out in four four-line stanzas in the first three of which he selects an typical image of beauty and life (the day, a rose, the spring) before reminding us…

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  • 1984

Analyse the party’s level of power over its citizens, specifically through the lense of…

One of the aspects you will want to examine is the slogan of the party and how important it is to the novel as a whole, but in particular to your question of how the party maintains its power and…

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  • A SEPARATE PEACE

Use three points of supporting evidence to compare and contrast Gene’s and Finny’s thoughts on…

I think a key point to consider is the fact that Gene thinks horribly of Finny regularly, but any time Finny has even a flash of a negative thought about Gene, he apologizes for it and shakes it…

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  • MACBETH

In Macbeth, in what ways does Macbeth fit the description of a tragic hero? What major factors…

Well, what were his virtues and flaws? Hubris is a flaw in character which could be a “good” trait but is overdone or there is a situation the character cannot handle. Macbeth’s hubris is his…

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  • TWILIGHT

Was Edward with Alice in the past?like was she his human…like bella is now?

Absolutely not. There has never been any romantic relationship between Edward and either sister. Unlike the rest of the Cullens, Carlisle did not turn Alice or Jasper. When they joined the family,…

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  • A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND

The Misfit says he kills for pleasure. Does he also kill to get even for what he perceives as…

As the brutal and unrepentant murderer in Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” the Misfit has no qualms about killing men, women or children. He admits to not being a good…

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  • MY BROTHER SAM IS DEAD

Describe the procession of British troops as they approached Redding in My Brother Sam Is Dead….

The actual details for this question can be found on pages 136-138 of “My Brother Sam Is Dead.” Tim’s mother tells him to hide the pewter in the barn and when he finishes that chore he stops…

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  • THE GLASS MENAGERIE

People have different views of Laura: who’s right? Why? What are some examples from the play…

Laura is a more complex character than she first appears. It is easy to put Laura into a category, such as pathetic, handicapped, disabled or helpless. What I see when I read this play is that…

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  • ALL THE YEARS OF HER LIFE

Explain the situation that brings Alfred’s mother to the store in “All the Years of Her Life” by…

Alfred’s mother was called to the store by the owner, Sam Carr. Mr. Carr had caught Alfred stealing, and rather than “call a cop in point-blank”, he called Alfred’s mother first to let her know…

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  • A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND

Does the Misfit’s conversation with Bailey’s mother alter his viewpoints?How do the conversations…

The grandmother’s sharp eyes recognized the Misfit as the escaped murderer while Bailey and the rest of the family were preoccupied with the “predicament.” The Misfit was almost pleased to have…

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  • A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND

In the short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” what qualities of the grandmother do you like…

After The Misfit had executed the rest of the family in Flannery O’Connor’s short story, “A Good Man is Hard to Find,” it is certainly no surprise that he doesn’t spare the grandmother in the end….

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  • WRITING DANGEROUSLY

What is an example of a persuasive essay?

Another classic is Antony’s speech concerning Caesar in William Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar.’ (Note that not just the words themselves, but intonation and stress are also important in interpreting…

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  • BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON

In “By the Waters of Babylon” how does John become more mature because of his journey?

Before he left, John was an adolescent still bound by tradition, obedience to his tribe and father, and unsure of his capabilities. Along his journey, he gathers strength and courage as he fights…

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  • JACKAROO

What are some rumors of what Jackaroo did in the book Jackaroo?

Jackaroo is a mythical, Robin-Hood-like character, about whom rumors and stories have circulated for generations among the simple people of the Kingdom. When the story opens, Gwyn, the Innkeeper’s…

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  • SHAKESPEARE’S SONNETS

What do Shakespeare’s sonnets 18 and 19 mean?at least 1 quote that relates to wat you think…

In the first two quatrains of Sonnet 18, the speaker wonders if he should compare his love to a summer’s day. But, he reflects that the beauty of Nature is too temporal: “Rough winds do shake the…

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  • THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES

Why did Kidd choose to set her novel about Lily Owens in 1964, during Civil rights movement?

In an interview that is included at the end of the Penguin edition of The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd explains that she grew up in the rural South and was a teenager herself in 1964. She…

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  • HISTORY

What did Shakespeare achieve during his career and what was his career like?no

His achievements included being the most popular author of dramatic works of his time, as well as one of the most popular poets. He wrote at a time of great change in the theatre. The building of…

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  • A JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR

What effect does Defoe create by using first person point of view in his account?This question…

Daniel Defoe wrote “A Journal of The Plague Year,” in the first person to make this historical fiction more creditable. By writing this Defoe was able to combine his journalism skills with his…

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  • TREASURE ISLAND

What scheme did Trelawney hit upon in Treasure Island?

Squire Trelawney was one of the leading citizens of the community (and probably the wealthiest). As a close friend of Dr. Livesey, Trelawney was an obvious choice for the doctor to share the…

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  • A JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR

What attempts were made to cure people?This question came out of a Elements of Literature” book….

There were several things done to try and cure the citizens of the plague. The doctors often “applied violent drawing–plasters or poultices to break tumors, and if these did not do they cut and…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

What do Boxer’s and Mollie’s actions at the Battle of the Cowshed show about them?by actions I…

Boxer is one of the heroes of the Battle of the Cowshed as he reared up and struck out with his hoofs. The first one he hits is a person, no more than a boy, whom he hits so hard, the young man…

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  • A JOURNAL OF THE PLAGUE YEAR

What were the symptoms of the plague?This question came out of a elements of literature book. The…

The Bubonic Plague, or Black Death, came about because of an overpopulation of rats and mice that were flea infested. These fleas passed a potentially fatal bacterial infection known as Yersina…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

DID anyone hear ever Read??Is there a clear-cut lesson to be learned from Animal Farm? If so, can…

Animal Farm was written to denounce the political and social revolution taking place in Russia at the time. Not only is it a metaphor of the situation, but it also deals with the humanity (and…

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  • FRANKENSTEIN

How is Frankenstein a social commentary novel throughout the book?

While it is easy to view Frankenstein as a “horror” novel, the underlying message is actually social commentary on the effects of human prejudice and discrimination. The monster is an outcast of…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Identify different situations in TKAM that shows moral courage. If possible characteristics of a…

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus has a lot to say about courage in Part I when he explains that Mrs. Dubose is the bravest person he knows. He himself explains the qualities of a morally…

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  • THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM—1963

What is the name of Mr. Robert’s dog in Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963?I’m doing a crossword…

Mr. Robert’s dog is named Toddy. Toddy is an “old, gray, nasty-looking dog”, and it is obvious that Mr. Robert is quite fond of him, and vice versa. Mr. Robert says that “in his day (Toddy) was…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

Who must accept the blame for the failure of Animal Farm, Snowball, Napoleon, Old Major, the…

The message in the book places the blame on the failed system of communism, the blame is placed squarely on the dictator or authoritarian government who lie to the animals using propaganda, as done…

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