How is the setting of The Catcher in the Rye important to the story? Would it be different if it…

How is the setting of The Catcher in the Rye important to the story? Would it be different if it…

  • THE CATCHER IN THE RYE

How is the setting of The Catcher in the Rye important to the story? Would it be different if it…

Although the setting of The Catcher in the Rye has an inherently New England feel to it, the book would be virtually the same if it were set in another place due to the time aspect of setting….

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  • GRAMMAR

Would either or both words be capitalized if you were writing an essay and mentioned a recipe for…

Generally speaking, culinary dishes that have a long standing history (for example, they’ve been served in a particular restaurant for years) tend to be capitalized. Dishes that are named after a…

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  • BUSINESS

What could be obstacles when communicating in a diverse environment? Communicating in a…

There can be many barriers to effective communication between individuals of different cultures. The most obvious is language barriers. Not possessing fluent understanding of language can be…

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  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Newspaper Assignment for Merchant of Venice It’s a quiet day at The Belmont Times. You are…

What a neat assignment! I love ideas for creative writing like this, and it’s even better for people who enjoy news writing. 🙂 This sort of assignment truly forces the reader to get into the…

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  • HAMLET

Discuss the presence of Fortinbras in Act IV scene 4 of Hamlet. What does he seem to represent to…

Act IV scene 4 is crucial in building up a picture of Hamlet as he is forced to leave to go to England having killed Plonius and offended Claudius. As he leaves, he meets the Norwegian army that is…

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  • THE COLOR OF WATER

Can anyone identify all or some of the following items and explain the significance:-chicken man…

Since I am Jewish, I can certainly handle “sitting shiva.” In Judaism, when people die, they are generally buried within 24 hours. Jewish people do not embalm their dead, so a body really cannot…

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  • A TALE OF TWO CITIES

What does Gabelle tell the future Everemonde heir to do?

I assume you are referring to Gabelle’s letter to the future Marquis of Everemonde, informing him of his dangerous position and begging for help to be released as he has been imprisoned by the…

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  • ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

In chapter 12 of All Quiet on the Western Front why does the book describe Paul’s face as calm?In…

After all the torment and anguish of Paul’s experiences in war, death was a relief. For Remarque, war destroyed the entire generation of men-regardless of whether they survived the battles. In the…

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  • MOBY DICK

Give a brief description of Ahab (the captain in Moby Dick) that expresses what sort of man he is.

Ahab, the captain of the Pequod, is an intimidating gray-haired man with two of his most distinguishing features being a peg-leg made of whale bone (needed after his last encounter with Moby Dick)…

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  • BUSINESS

Business communicationDownward communication is like water streaming down from a waterfall or…

I think the point of this metaphor is that it is hard for people lower in an organization to get information to people at the top. Likewise, if a person high in the organization wants information…

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  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

Puck – ProtagonistHi, I have to write an essay on why Puck is the protagonist. I think I can do…

What is your intro and/or thesis? Your points will come from that…for instance, if you say that Puck is the protagonist because he is behind all the action in the play, you will need to show…

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  • THE SCARLET IBIS

In “The Scarlet Ibis,” how does the little boy tell his parents about Doodle’s death?

This question must be left to our imaginations since the story does not include this information. The story is told in what is called the retrospective point of view by the narrator, Doodle’s big…

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  • WILLIAM WORDSWORTH

Is Wordsworth regarded a pantheist? Explain the answer with the refrence of Tintern Abbey. Answer…

The idea of pantheism stresses that there is a divine beauty imbued within the world and the spirit of oneness and “divinity” is within the world. The unity of both divine spirit and existing…

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  • PYGMALION

What is the correct defination of pygmalion?What is the definition of “pygmalion?”

“Pygmalion” is not a thing to be defined, but rather the name of a character from ancient mythology. According to Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Pygmalion was a sculptor who carved the image of a woman so…

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  • THE SCARLET IBIS

In The Scarlet Ibis, did Doodle’s older brother lack attention from his parents because Doodle…

Doodle’s older brother did not lack attention from the parents because they were giving it all to Doodle. The brother is the one who who gives Doodle the most attention as he first carts Doodle…

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  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Do you think that the title of the play The Merchant of Venice is an appropriate one?

Antonio is generally recognized as the merchant in The Merchant of Venice. He is a Christian who stands as the opposite of the money lender, Shylock who is a Jew. In European culture, when in the…

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  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

In The Merchant of Venice, Antonio caused unhappiness between Bassanio and Portia. How did he…

Antonio calls himself the “unhappy cause” of the quarrel between Bassanio and Portia. His unhappiness stems from two things. The first is the fact that it was in his defense that the lawyer,…

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  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

In The Merchant of Venice, in Act 5 Scene 1, was Portia really angry with Bassanio when she…

It can be confusing the first time you read Shakespeare, but Portia, in The Merchant of Venice, is not really angry with Bassanio when it is revealed in Belmont that he no longer has the ring she…

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  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

How does Portia from The Merchant of Venice make Bassanio part with his ring?

At the end of Act 4, Shakespeare begins to focus on the ring plot from Merchant of Venice because the bond plot is nowresolved. Bassanio, emotionally high from Antonio’s “victory” in the courtroom,…

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  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

In The Merchant of Venice, why does the Duke say to Antonio that he is indebted to Portia?

Portia literally saves Antonio’s life from Shylock’s knife. She is the one who studies Venetian law and the bond thoroughly and then develops the “loophole” which not only spares Antonio but that…

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  • HUNTERS IN THE SNOW

What elements of “Hunters in the Snow” suggest a serious, literary work rather than an…

“Hunters in the Snow” is designed to evoke a traditional male-bonding adventure story, but alters the narrative to show human failure and selfishness. The three hunters have little care for each…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

At the begining of Chapter 7 of The Great Gatsby, explain how Gatsby’s “dream” seems to be fading.

Poor Gatsby! His dream surely is fading by the beginning of Chapter 7, isn’t it? You have to look no further than the first sentence to see the first sign: It was when curiosity about Gatsby was…

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  • NIGHT

What are some things that push Eliezer closer to hopelessness and death?

Most of his frustration and depression has to do with how he witnessed the unraveling of human instinct in a moment of extreme circumstance. For example, when on the cart, he sees the man and the…

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  • FRANKENSTEIN

Compare and contrast the “Hollywood” creature to Mary Shelley’s creature.Physical appearance,…

The “Hollywood” creature, as it is most stereotypically portrayed, is a sort-of zombie like creature with large feet, a flat head and bolts in his neck to indicate that he was “put” together by…

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  • “MASTER HAROLD” . . . AND THE BOYS

Explain the relationship between Hally and his parents, and Sam’s role and his influence in…

Based on the conversations that Hally has with his mother over the telephone regarding is father’s condition, the audience gathers that Hally has a strained, distant relationship with his parents….

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  • MATH

If a loan for $10,000 is paid off in 5 years and the rate of interest is n% per annum componded…

The reference gives loan repayment calculators for both simple and compound interest. In the situation of compound interest, the interest amount for the first month is added to the principal on…

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  • A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN

Why does Virginia Woolf say that women will be able to write only when they have a room of their…

Part of what makes Woolf’s work so fascinatingly powerful is the openness of her demands and clarity of her conviction. This could be no more evident in her assertions behind why she claims women…

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  • THE MINISTER’S BLACK VEIL

During the funeral, does Mr. Hooper know he has upset the members of his church? Explain.

Even before his sermon begins, some women have become faint after seeing Mr. Hooper. But, then, while he speaks, Mr. Hooper alludes to secret sin, and the “hearers quaked.” At the close of the…

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  • THE BLACK CAT

How can the narrator fill the role of the protagonist while serving as his own antagonist in the…

As protagonist, the narrator tells a story in which he is the main character. In addition, he’s tormented by his inner demons which serve as the story’s (and his) antagonist. Like so many of Poe’s…

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  • THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

Why do you think Rainsford chooses to confront Zaroff in the end, rather than simply ambush…

That’s a great question. I think it comes down to the fact that every time a wrong is done, a crime is committed, people want to the know the “why”. Rainsford has suffered a horrible experience….

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  • JOHNNY TREMAIN

In Johnny Tremain, what happened to cause Johnny to change his position in the Lapham house ?…

Johnny Tremain had been the most valuable apprentice at the Laphams house and shop. After his hand is crippled in a terrible accident, he is no longer able to work at silversmithing, and loses his…

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  • FRANKENSTEIN

In Frankenstein, how is Victor Frankenstein’s appearance defined?I’ve looked for his appearance,…

Mary Shelley offers small clues to Victor Frankenstein’s appearance throughout her novel, Frankenstein. The first description is provided in Letter IV. He was not, as the other traveller seemed to…

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  • THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

To protect his sweetheart, Becky, from punishment in school, what does Tom lie about in…

Tom lies about the teacher’s book. Becky had accidentally torn it, but Tom takes the blame. Mr. Dobbins, the “master” at school, has a “mysterious book” which he keeps in his desk and takes out…

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  • HISTORY

Is there any comparison between Benazir Bhutto and Indira Gandhi?Is a comparative study of their…

The previous post did a very nice and thorough job in distilling both leaders’ attributes. If I could offer one more thought, it would be that both leaders were seen, to an extent, as the…

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  • JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL

What was the settings and characterization in “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”?

These questions have been previously asked and answered. Please see the links below, and thank you for using eNotes.

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  • CREATIONISM

“creation story” why is one more believable then another?”creation story” why is one more…

Your question assumes that some creation stories are more believable than others, but that is not necessarily the case. Creation stories are products of particular cultures in particular times and…

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  • TARTUFFE

In Tartuffe, why does Madame Pernelle act hastily in Act I, scene i?

Act I, scene i opens with Madame Pernelle declaring that she will no longer reside with her son, Orgon, because she cannot bear to observe the way the other household member treat Orgon’s house…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

What examples of propaganda are there in Animal Farm?

As you know, Animal Farm is an allegory of the Russian Revolution. The characters and events in the story correspond to people and events of that time. The pig Squealer (great name, eh?) represents…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

Analyse the significant factors influencing the health of rural and remote people in…

They are similar to the health problems that afflict people in rural territories all over the globe. While Australia is a modern country with a good health care system, many of the people in the…

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  • ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

In Erich Maria Remarque’s book All Quiet on the Western Front, how does the experience of war…

As the novel opens, Paul Baumer is young and impressionable, easily swayed by the rhetoric of his school-master. After the first battle, Paul realizes that those in authority may not have all the…

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  • THE TEMPEST

In The Tempest, how does the apparent fate of the ship at the and of the first sence in Act 1…

When this amazing play opens we are presented with the unforgettable scene of a ship in the midst of a massive storm. The crew and passengers all fear the worst, and indeed are forced to leave the…

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  • THE INTERLOPERS

What are the three levels of inquiry in “The Interlopers”?I have read the short story “The…

You teacher is probably referring to Costa’s levels of inquiry. These categories are ways of classifying higher-order thinking skills and understanding what skills different questions require. The…

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  • TEACHERS

Do you think NCLB is good for all students? Concerned about the self esteem of borderline students.

I would imagine that you will receive many responses to this inquiry, and you might want to put it on the discussion board, so that we can have a kind of dialogue. I think that NCLB had one…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

In “The Crucible” Giles says, “Think on it now, it’s a deep thing, and as dark as a pit.” What is…

This quote can be found in act one, and it comes during a conversation where Proctor, Putnam, Parris, and Corey himself were all arguing over land boundaries, salaries, subjects of sermons, and…

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  • BEOWULF

In lines 3-13 the poet describes the bard’s songs in Hrothgar’s hall. How does the content of the…

This is a great question because it addresses two primary components of Anglo-Saxon philosophy: the battle between good and evil, and the role of God in the conquests of the armies. Christianity…

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  • THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY

What are each of the five daydreams Walter Mitty has during “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?”

Walter Mitty first imagines himself flying a Navy airplane through a terrible storm; his men are scared and his bravery gives them hope and courage. Mitty then imagines that he is a surgeon of…

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  • BEOWULF

What is Grendel’s philosophical perspectives on the choices made for his actions?What is…

Grendel is called the “son of Cain” in the poem, and as such, his philosophical bent is toward “disenlightenment” rather than the usual philosophical course of enlightenment. Chapter two of the…

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  • HISTORY

In the Anglo-Saxon period King Edward was defeated in what battle?

While the Anglo-Saxon royals were defeated in the Battle of Hastings in 1066, Edward died of natural causes in that same year. After his death Harold Godwinson, or Harold II of England ascended…

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  • THE HOBBIT

What is the hierarchy among the races and within the world of Middle Earth?

I am not sure that the novel implies any sort of heirarchy between races – there is no information given of how races are viewed in relation to their being superior to other races. However, your…

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  • A SEPARATE PEACE

In A Separate Peace by John Knowles, how does Brinker get Gene and Finny to attend the mock…

The mock trial occurs in Chapter 11. We are told that Brinker and three of his friends burst into Gene and Finny’s room one night and forced them to accompany them. Gene writes that he thought it…

 


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