TO BUILD A FIRE

# TO BUILD A FIRE

• THE CHRYSALIDS

What are the ideas (not themes) in The Chrysalids?Is there something about the devil?

I am not too sure I understand clearly your distinction between ideas and themes, but if you wish to further clarify, please do so by getting back to me. However, the overwhelming idea in this…

• MATH

Show that the equation 2/(x+1) – 1/(x+2) = 1/2 can be written in the form (x^2)+x-4=0.

We have 2/(x + 1) – 1/(x + 2) = 1/2 2/(x + 1) – 1/(x + 2) = 1/2 => [2(x + 2) – 1(x + 1)]/(x + 1)(x + 2) = 1/2 => (2x + 4 – x – 1)/(x + 1)(x + 2) = 1/2 => (x + 3)/(x + 1)(x + 2) = 1/2 =>…

• THE METAMORPHOSIS

In “The Metamorphosis,” what is the significance of the view from Gregor’s window?

The window of Gregor’s room is actually mentioned towards the beginning of the story, when Gregor wakes up and becomes aware of his hideous transformation. As the majority of the action of this…

• A ROSE FOR EMILY

Write a literary analysis of some aspect of “A Rose for Emily.”

You might want to approach this question by examining one of the themes in the story and its development in the tale. The theme of isolation is an interesting one to look at, as Emily Grierson is…

• TO BUILD A FIRE

Make judgment on “To Build a Fire.”Lodon wrote another, more commercially acceptable ending for…

You might receive a range of responses to this question, and it is always interesting to debate alternative endings to texts. However, my own feeling is that the rather pessimistic ending we have…

• TO BUILD A FIRE

In “To Build a Fire,” why did the man not follow the advice of the old timer from Sulfur Creek?

Throughout the story we are presented with the central unnamed protagonist and his arrogance and over-confidence. It is this, above all, surely that made him ignore the advice of the old timer in…

• THE CHRYSANTHEMUMS

What questions can I ask the students to start commenting on in “The Chrysanthemums”?I want to…

A good place to start would be to focus on the central character, Elisa Allen, and her personality traits. This of course needs to be linked in with the description of the setting that we are given…

• TO BUILD A FIRE

In “To Build a Fire,” what point does London make by contrasting the dog and the man?

Well done for noticing the way that, throughout the tale, the man and the dog are contrasted to each other. Of course, the central contrast seems to be the way that the man is ruled by judgement…

• ROMEO AND JULIET

Romeo and Juliet contains a case of illiteracy. What is a claim that makes illiteracy the entity…

In act i scene ii of “Romeo and Juliet”, Lord Capulet is preparing for a party. He sends a servant to deliver the invitations. Unfortunately, the servant he sends cannot read. He has no idea who…

• WAITING FOR GODOT

Waiting for Godot is a play in which nothing happens. Explain?

Waiting for Godot is a short play. Otherwise it might grow tedious because it is true that nothing much happens. Samuel Beckett’s purpose was, to use Shakespeare’s words, “to hold the mirror up to…

• THE INTERLOPERS

In Saki’s “The Interlopers,” Ulrich makes two offers to George Znaeym. What are these offers?

Becoming an interloper in Saki’s short story, “The Interlopers,” Nature sends the branches of a large beech tree to pinion the two enemies after their brief moment in which they have glared at one…

• FAIRY TALES AND CENSORSHIP

If you were to compose a narrative in which you subvert a well-known fairy tale into a new…

This is a fairly interesting question. I think that you might want to focus on narratives that have already done this. For example, the film Shrek was able to take the basic elements of fairy…

• THE MONKEY’S PAW

In “The Monkey’s Paw” by W. W. Jacobs, do we understand that when man’s fate is controlled by…

Perhaps the message of W. W. Jacobs’s short story “The Monkey’s Paw” is not so much that when man controls his fate there are disastrous results as it is that when man thinks he is in control of…

• THE LOTTERY

What is the meaning of throwing of the stones at the end of “The Lottery”?

The ending of Jackson’s story is the realization of the town’s tradition or practice of throwing stones and pelting one “chosen” individual in the village. In the story, the “chosen one” is Tessie…

• MATH

Given the endpoint (2,-3) and the misdpoint (1,0.5), explain how to determine the other endpoint?

The mid point of two points (x1, y1) and (x1, y2) is given by [(x1 + x2)/2, (y1 + y2)/2)] Here we have one of the points as (2, -3) and the mid point is (1, 0.5) If the other point is (x , y), we…

• SCIENCE

How and why plates move?

The lithosphere is divided into 7-8 major plates and several minor plates. It is located above the more dense asthenosphere. Convection currents due to heat in the mantle provide energy causing the…

• MACBETH

Discuss Macbeth’s visions and hallucinations and say what role they play in the developement of…

Macbeth sees visions and hallucinations as a sign of his guilty conscience for murdering King Duncan. When Macbeth is about kill King Duncan, he sees a bloody dagger floating in the air. The dagger…

• ROMEO AND JULIET

What is one character trait that Romeo, Juliet, Friar Laurence and the Nurse all share that leads…

If I had to choose one trait that Romeo, Juliet, Friar Lawrence, and the Nurse all share that leads to the death of the sweethearts in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, I would have to say it is…

• JANE EYRE

In Jane Eyre, how do Jane’s values influnce the choices she makes?

The best way to answer this question is to look at how Jane decides to resist her inner desires and follow Rochester to Europe and become his mistress. Clearly, this is one of the crucial decisions…

• THE LOTTERY

What is the surprise in “The Lottery,” and why do the townspeople stone the person with a black…

The surprise in Shirley Jackson’s short story, “The Lottery,” is that unlike lotteries today that give away large sums of money to the winners, in this story, the person whose name is chosen is not…

• THE BALLAD OF THE SAD CAFÉ

List three details that suggest the grotesque from this passage of “The Ballad of the Sad…

In Southern gothic literature, within a setting of social realism, the element of the grotesque is often prevalent. The qualities of the grotesque often illuminate themes about the human condition…

• MISS BRILL

Compare and contrast the theme of loneliness & alienation in both “Miss Brill” and “The…

These are two great stories to compare and contrast given that they both focus on the way that two women experience loneliness and isolation in their society. However, although there are obvious…

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What is the light and dark symbolizing in Chapter 15 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

Darkness oftens serves as a symbolic means to represent evil (black = evil, white = goodness). Of course, darkness can also serve to show a mysterious or eerie air of uncertainty; it can also serve…

• A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

How can I relate to A Midsummer Night’s Dream in any way?

A good place to start when trying to establish points of connection between us and the plays of Shakespeare is trying to put yourself in the shoes of some of the characters and the position that…

• ANIMAL FARM

Discuss Mr. Jones as a leader in The Animal Farm.

I am not entirely convinced that Mr. Jones is a good leader or a bad one. I think that he certainly is a flawed leader in not understanding the full implications of his actions. His attitude…

• HISTORY

How has digital photography developed over the past five years?

In 2011, the digital camera has all but completely replaced film as the photography medium of choice. Film is so rare that Kodak, the famous camera and film company, has almost stopped producing…

• ARTS

What advantages are there to digital photography over “film” photography?

There are so many advantages that digital photography has over the way things used to be. Here are a few of the most important advantages. With digital photography, you can take all the pictures…

How is the theme of love portrayed through Beatrice in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing ?

The theme of love as portrayed through Beatrice particularly deals with the need for an absence of excessive pride in love. This theme is particularly portrayed through her actions and her…

In Joyce’s “The Dead,” who are the dead of the title?

The place to look at is the end of this amazing story that so powerfully introduces ideas of mortality and our own ephemeral nature as human beings. Having been told the story of Michael Furey by…

• MATH

If x=1/(x-5),find:x^2 – 1/x^2.

We are given that x = 1 / (x – 5). We need to find x^2 – (1/x^2) x = 1/(x – 5) => x^2 – 5x = 1 => x^2 = 1 + 5x => x^2 – 5x – 1 = 0 solving the quadratic equation, we get two roots: x1 =…

• THE OUTSIDERS

How does The Outsiders relate to the quote below? “The ultimate measure of a man is…

This is a very interesting quote with which to examine this excellent novel. Of course, when reading it, the first character that comes to mind is Johnny and his heroic, self-sacrificial act of…

• MACBETH

What is the importance of communication with others in Macbeth?

When Malcolm and Macduff meet in Act four, Scene three, there is an importance in communication. Malcolm initially lies to Macduff, testing Macduff’s loyalty to Scotland. Malcolm states that he is…

• KING LEAR

Who is Cornwall in Shakespeare’s King Lear?

The Duke of Cornwall is a minor character in this excellent tragedy and is Regan’s husband in the play. Obviously he has profited greatly from the half given to Regan of Lear’s kingdom. However, he…

• A CHRISTMAS CAROL

What should I focus on if I were to write a satire of A Christmas Carol?What should I focus on if…

This would be a really interesting assignment to complete. My own cynically-minded self would want to reverse the plot of the story completely, making Scrooge a generous philanthropist who loves…

• SCIENCE

If burning methane is a favourable reaction, why do have to light a match to make it burn?

Look at some POTENTIAL ENERGY DIAGRAMS for chemical reactions. They represent the progress of a reaction with time. For a favourable reaction (one which releases energy) you will see a flat line,…

• SCIENCE

What is a solution? Explain what is meant by ‘a solution is clear, but not always colourless’.

An example of a solution is sodium chloride in water. You can make this by dissolving table salt in water. The salt particles break apart and mix with the water particles to make a transparent…

• SCIENCE

State if a chemical change has occurred. Give a reason for answer. A student mixes 2 unknown…

1st: A typical high school expt would be to mix two salt solutions. The cloudiness is a PRECIPITATE (a new compound) so this is a chemical change. 2nd: The iodine has SUBLIMED, it has turned from…

• FRANKENSTEIN

Can anyone relate the monster’s feeling of isolation in the novel Frankenstein to any media…

[eNotes editors are only allowed to answer one question per posting. If you have additional questions, please post them separately.] In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, the theme of isolation…

• A TALE OF TWO CITIES

How are Madame Defarge and Lucie Monette similar and different in Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities?

Both Lucie Manette and Madame Defarge of A Tale of Two Cities are flat characters; that is, they do not change throughout the narrative. Lucie is the stereotypical Victorian heroine who swoons…

• SCIENCE

State which of the following involve a chemical change and which involve a physical change:…

A physical change occurs when either the phase of the substance changes, i.e. it changes between being a liquid, solid or gas. Or if in either of the states it changes shape. A chemical change on…

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird, what caused the firemen to have such trouble putting out Miss Maudie’s…

The answers A, B and D are totally incorrect, so I suppose the best possible answer of the four is C. It is true that it was freezing outside; and it is true that the truck was probably frozen….

• MATH

How many blinds are needed? By how much does the total area of the blinds exceed the area of the…

I have assumed the window has a vertical dimension of 90 cm and a horizontal dimension of 146 cm. Each blind has dimensions of 90 cm by 10 cm and when it is placed it overlaps its right adjacent…

• THE OUTSIDERS

How has violence changed Johnny and Ponyboy in The Outsiders?

Both Johnny and Pony are afraid to walk down the streets of Tulsa alone, and both boys have been jumped and badly beaten by gangs of Socs. Johnny has turned to carrying a knife, and both boys…

• THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

In The Merchant of Venice, explain Shylock’s repetition of the sentence, “Let him look to his…

What is important to focus on in this scene is the way in which Shylock has just suffered the loss of everything that is important to him in life: his daughter, Jessica, has eloped with the…

• MATH

What is 3√2 + √8 expressed in simplest radical form?

3*sqrt 2 + sqrt 8 has to be expressed in a simple form. 8 = 2^3 sqrt 8 = (2^3)^(1/2) = (2^2)^(1/2)*2^(1/2) = 2*2^(1/2) = 2*sqrt 2 3*sqrt 2 + sqrt 8 = 3*sqrt 2 + 2*sqrt 2 factor out the sqrt 2 = (3…

• HEALTH

Why does it mean if your tounge has a yellowish tinge and your mouth is dry at times?My friend…

According the research I have done (and I am by no means a doctor), it appears that your friend may have canker sores or nasal congestion. Often canker sores will ooze yellowish fluid onto the…

• PHILOSOPHY

What are our natural rights? What are our natural rights?

People can disagree as to what our natural rights are. Perhaps the most famous listing of our natural rights comes from the Declaration of Independence of the United States. In that document,…

• MATH

What is the sum of 3/2x and 7/4x ?

To find the sum of 3/2x and 7/4x, you have to make the denominator the same for both the terms. This can be done by multiplying the numerator and denominator of 3/2x by 2. 3/2x = 6/4x 3/2x + 7/4x…

• MACBETH

In Act 3 Scene 6 of Macbeth, how is Lennox’s speech an example of dramatic irony and why is it…

The speech of Lennox in this scene is important because it shows how the pretence of Macbeth is under great suspicion. Note the sarcasm with which Lennox comments upon how conveniently it has all…

• ROMEO AND JULIET

What are some examples of foreshadowing in Romeo and Juliet?

The most obvious example of the foreshadowing that occurs in the play comes from the Prologue when the Chorus states, From forth the fatal loins of these two foesA pair of star-cross’d lovers take…