In book VIII of The Odyssey by Robert Fitzgerald, why does Homer interrupt the narrative to have…

# In book VIII of The Odyssey by Robert Fitzgerald, why does Homer interrupt the narrative to have…

• THE ODYSSEY

In book VIII of The Odyssey by Robert Fitzgerald, why does Homer interrupt the narrative to have…

Now to his harp the blinded minstrel sangof Ares’ dalliance with Aphrodite:how hidden in Hephaistos’ house they playedat love together, and the gifts of Ares,dishonoring Hephaistos’bed __ and…

• THE RED BADGE OF COURAGE

In the moments of waiting before seeing his first action, the youth thought of the village street…

Awaiting his first action in Stephen Crane’s Civil War novel, The Red Badge of Courage, the youth flashes back to a parade during his childhood. Like the officers and soldiers that now surround…

• THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

What happens when Bassanio chooses a casket in The Merchant of Venice?

In Act 3 of the play, Shakespeare resolves the casket plot. By this time in the play’s action, the Prince of Morocco has already chosen the gold casket–based on appearance–and the audience knows…

• AMERICAN HISTORY TEACHERS

History Sources GroupHello everyone, it’s great to meet you. I’m a history teacher in Australia…

I think the resource is amazing. My favorite part was the general history teaching sources. I thought the class timeline was really a powerful assignment. It seemed so elemental, but in the…

• MATH

How can i divide 13 by 68.9?

divide 13 by 68.9, or 13/68.9 First, get rid of the decimal place in the denominator by multiplying by 10/10, and we’ll solve this problem by dividing 130/689 689|130.0 goes in 0.1 times. Note…

• REFERENCE

Paragraph on public speakingA short paragraph on what you think you need to improve as a public…

Most speakers benefit from slowing down when speaking in public. Adjusting one’s vocal pitch lower, especially for a female speaker, is usually an improvement. Learning when to pause for effect,…

• THE EPIC OF GILGAMESH

In The Epic of Gilgamesh, why does Gilgamesh want to find Utnapishtim?

Gilgamesh has watched Enkidu die and refuses to allow the final rituals to remove his body. Instead Gilgamesh mourns Enkidu for a long time watching all the horrible processes of death consume his…

• HISTORY

How did Henry of Navarre end the crisis and restore order?

Henry of Navarre was the King of France from 1589-1610. In 1598, Henry, a Catholic who had converted from Calvinism, signed into law the Edict of Nantes, which guaranteed religious freedoms for…

• THE KITE RUNNER

In The Kite Runner what are key moments that show courage and bravery? Please include specific…

I will focus on Hassan and Amir to provide examples of courage from The Kite Runner. You will notice that early in the book there are examples of Hassan’s courage and that it is not until later in…

• ANTIGONE

What kind of impression does Sophocles give of Creon as a father, husband, and relative in Antigone?

Sophocles paints Creon as a very stubborn, unyielding, and self-interested father and relative. When both of his nephews kill each other in battle, he treats only Eteocles as a nephew and gives…

• BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON

What culture does John’s culture remind you of in “By the Waters of Babylon?” Why?Also give…

The world of this story is the world of our distant ancestors – prehistoric man, with none of the scientific advances and discoveries that we are blessed with today. Instead, ignorance rules, and…

• ROMEO AND JULIET

In Romeo and Juliet, how does Romeo see the guest list?In Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet,…

One could say that Romeo learns about the Capulets’ feast and who is invited by chance, but that would not be Shakespeare, whose plays are often all about the role of fate in human affairs. In…

• HISTORY

What is the book Sarah, Plain and Tall about?

Sarah, Plain and Tall is about a family’s attempts to move past the death of a mother. Anna is the narrator and the eldest sibling between she and her brother, Caleb. Anna misses her mother…

• WUTHERING HEIGHTS

Edgar Linton is the antithesis of Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights. Discuss.

Three words describe Edgar Linton: civilized, parented, and privileged. As the only son of a loving family, Edgar not only was the heir to Thrushcross Grange (and therefore had a secure future) he…

• GREAT EXPECTATIONS

How does Charles Dickens bring the convict to life in Great Expectations and how is atmosphere…

In the graveyard scene of Chapter 1 of “Great Expectations,” the atmosphere is bleak and “leaden”–very desolate and lonely like Pip himself. As Pip picks his way through the “nettles” to the…

• EVERYDAY USE

What year does the story “Everyday Use” take place?”Everyday Use” by Alice Walker

Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use” first appeared in a collection of stories entitled, In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women in 1973. Because of the attire of Dee, the reader can fairly safely…

• THE GREAT GATSBY

Has anyone noticed any symbols pointing out Daisy and Tom as symbols of death & destruction…

The description of Tom at his first appearance in the “present” of the story as “a cruel body” (11) gives us the idea of “death and destruction.” Nick uses words like “hard,” “dominance,” and…

• THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

Who is the narrator of the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain?

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is narrated in the third person. This means that the narrator is watching the story unfold, but is not participating in the action. As a result, we know that none of…

• A SEPARATE PEACE

How does the narrator feel about being back at Devon? Why do you suppose he has returned there?

Gene has a great deal of ambivalence about his return to Devon. He has a certain amount of nostalgia for the school of his boyhood, a place where he clearly had times of great joy. But there is…

• THE SCARLET IBIS

In “The Scarlet Ibis,” what lessons does the narrator learn from Doodle, and why is he telling…

“The Scarlet Ibis” employs the retrospective point of view. The adult narrator looks back and tells the story of his relationship with Doodle and how Doodle died. As an adult, the narrator now…

• BEOWULF

Before Beowulf fights Grendel what is the political and familial relationship between Hrothgar…

Although not related by blood, Beowulf the Geat shares a name with a beloved Danish king of old. Hrothgar knew Beowulf’s father, and so the two had a respectful allegiance to each other. Hrothgar…

• A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Explain the arrival of the third ghost in A Christmas Carol.

Before departing from Scrooge, the second ghost, the ghost of Christmas Present opens his huge robe to expose two children, Ignorance and Want. When Scrooge inquires if there is not someone who…

• HISTORY

What are the good things about London and why?I’m doing a project and need to know facts about…

One of the particularly great things about London would be its diversity and the eclectic cultural nature of the city. The ability to visit different parts of the city and experience distinctive…

• SCIENCE

What are three things that can create microclimates?What characteristics of these things help…

First, let’s define microclimate. As the name suggests, it is the climate of a small area that usually differs from the surrounding region. (1) One thing that can create a microclimate is a city….

• SCIENCE

How are radio waves used to create radar maps?How does reflectivity help meteorologists figure…

Reflectivity of an object helps indicate the amount of water that a cloud may carry. The stronger the reflected signal from the radar signal sent out, the easier the meteorologist will be able to…

• SCIENCE

What kind of weather associated with a low-pressure area?Waht happens to the air of low-pressure…

The first thing to remember about a Low pressure system is that warm moist air is sucked into an area of lower air pressure and the whole system turns counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere….

• SCIENCE

Which tool could you use to measure humidity in your backyard?What steps should you follow to…

You can measure humidity in your back yard with a wet/dry bulb thermometer (it takes practice to use this, and some math skills). You have to wet the bulb of one thermometer and leave the other one…

• GUIDE TO LITERARY TERMS

What is the other term of falling action in a novel?its the part of a novel, what i want is the…

Another term for Falling Action is the Denouement. This follows the story’s climax. The Climax is the most exciting part of the story. This is usually where the story’s conflicts come to a head….

• THE KITE RUNNER

Why do boys in Afgahanistan during the winter of 1975 have gashes on their fingers? What is a tar?

Boys were preparing for a big kite race in the winter of 1975. According to Amir, “the kite-fighting tournament was an old winter tradition in Afghanistan” (51). Beginning on page 50, there is a…

What is the first name of Madame Bovary?

Emma Bovary is the first name of Madame Bovary. Emma, Flaubert’s heroine, is a product of Romanticism taken to an unhealthy degree. She is a character who is animated by the spirit of her dreams,…

• GREAT EXPECTATIONS

In Chapter 51 of Great Expectations, why did Mr. Jaggers decide to give Estella to Mrs. Havisham?

Mr. Jaggers decided to give Estella to Mrs. Havisham because he believed she would have the best chance at living a normal life with the old woman. Mr. Jaggers had been the lawyer for Estella’s…

• THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

Is General Zaroff from The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Conell a monster? If so, what makes him…

General Zaroff is not a monster in a literal sense. He does not have fangs, he is not paranormal, etc… His actions, on the other hand, could be considered by many as monstrous. He hunts…

• REFERENCE

Adult identity is formed by the experiences of childhood; people have little control over who…

Here are some questions to get you going: Do you agree or disagree with this statement? What evidence is there to support or refute this statement? Do you have some control over the adult you…

• PHILIP LARKIN

What is Movement poetry, and would you consider Philip Larkin as a Movement poet?

• THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER AND OTHER POEMS OF THE ROMANTIC ERA

What was the impact of the French Revolution in Wordsworth’s other poems except Prelude?I want…

Wordsworth’s advocacy of Romantic ideas throughout his poetry seemed to find a political home in the Pre- Reign of Terror French Revolution. Wordsworth had always written poetry with strong…

• AS YOU LIKE IT

Who is referred to as the bountiful woman, and why is she called so?

The goddess Fortune is referred to as the “bountiful blind woman” by Rosalind in Act I, scene ii. Here is the passage: Rosalind: What shall be our sport, then? Celia: Let us sit and mock the…

• SOCIAL SCIENCES

What is the nature of the universe and how can I distinguish reality from illusion?NO

This is a complex question. In a sense, we all make our own reality. We perceive the world through our own lens, and different people perceive it differently. In that sense, everything is an…

• WHERE ARE YOU GOING, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

If Arnold Friend is the devil, why does he care if Connie calls the police? Doesn’t the devil…

The idea that Arnold Friend is ‘the devil’ is primarily a symbolic element in the story, intended to add depth to this character and his impact on the protagonist (Connie). He’s not literally the…

What is the setting and point of view of “The Road” by Cormac McCarthy?

The setting is a very unique and interesting one. It is set in the future, at some indeterminate time. The novel occurs after a nuclear holocaust has wiped out nearly all of the inhabitants of…

• THE KITE RUNNER

What would be the call, the threshold, the challenges, the abyss, the transformation, the…

These are some great ideas. Below are my initial responses, but I should point out that there are probably many other possible examples. THE CALL. Amir gets the call to become a writer after…

• THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL

What does Anne hope to ask Peter about in Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl?

Anne has many things she wishes to ask Peter. Some are about family. Some are about feelings. But, the most unusual thing was about sex, which was not discussed much between parents and children….

• HISTORY

How do i go about writing an essay on what the title of a book means?i am taking an upper level…

This is wonderful assignment, even if you are struggling to fulfill it. I would like to ask you some questions that I hope will lead you to some understanding of this title. We can also discuss…

• E. B. DU BOIS

“For the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” What did Du Bois…

This is a quotation from W.E.B. DuBois. It is best for you to identify the author of a quotation. A page number does not help without a book title, and sometimes does not help even when we have a…

• HISTORY

Why are the proletariat a “genuinely revolutionary class”?

The proletariat are the roots of revolutions throughout modern history and even before that because they are the most routinely exploited and abused peoples of society: slaves, factory workers,…

• GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL

How does civilization lead to epidemics?Having much trouble with this book. Any info on this or…

Civilization leads to epidemics because of proximity. When a civilization flourishes, more people are living closer together in fixed abodes. They also gather in public places more frequently, and…

• THE YELLOW WALLPAPER

Discuss the symbolism of the “nursery” in the story “The Yellow Wallpaper.”

The symbolism of the nursery in “The Yellow Wallpaper” has to do with the manner in which the narrator is treated and seen by her husband (and others). The narrator tells the audience that her…

• BARTLEBY THE SCRIVENER, A TALE OF WALL STREET

Compare and contrast a theme in Hawthorne’s “The Birthmark” and Melville’s “Bartleby the…

One theme shared by “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne and “Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street” by Herman Melville is the thematic idea of freedom and dominance. While both stories…

• ESSAY LAB

I have to write a introduction and I need to know how to introduce the text.

When you write an introduction where you are about to discuss some piece of literature, you need to include both the author’s name and the name of the text you are analyzing. You don’t have to use…

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

How does the story tie into the title, To Kill A Mockingbird?

One of the major themes of the novel very closely ties in with the title. In Chapter 10, Atticus tells Jem and Scout, “remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” As Miss Maudie later…