What are the Gothic elements in “The Raven” with examples from the poem?

What are the Gothic elements in “The Raven” with examples from the poem?

  • SNOW CRASH

How can I summarize the privatized businesses/ franchises in the world of Snow Crash? What part…

Your question is an understandable question. Understanding the government system, the franchises, and business of Snow Crash makes up a major part of the book. The best place to look is the…

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  • THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

What is the narrator from “The Pit and the Pendulum” dreading when the story begins?

At the very beginning of the story, the narrator is dreading his own execution. He has been put on trial for unknown crimes during the Spanish Inquisition, and in the first few lines of the story…

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  • SCIENCE

What vast treasure troves have been buried at sea for millions of years?

Large amounts of methane gas hydrates are buried underneath the sea floor. These deposits are a result of the anaerobic decomposition of organic matter buried underneath the ocean floor in the…

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  • HISTORY

What are some decisions that European leaders made that led to World War I?

A great confluence of events made World War One possible. Hundreds of books and dissertations have been written on the topic, but most historians agree that several decisions by Europe’s political…

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  • THE TURN OF THE SCREW

What is the style of the narration in The Turn of the Screw?

Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw is what’s often referred to as a nested narrative, which is basically a fancy term for a story within a story. In James’ novella, we are originally introduced to…

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  • THE STORY OF MY LIFE

Why was reading Helen Keller’s favorite subject?

Despite being both deaf and blind, Helen Keller was taught by Anne Sullivan to read braille at a young age. Reading became a practical benefit and a lifelong passion for Keller, who would go on to…

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  • HISTORY

Which geographic features affected ancient Rome?

Rome was founded in 753 B.C.E. on the Latium Plains at the base of the Apennine Mountains. Italy’s position on a peninsula that is surrounded by three bodies of water–the Adriatic Sea, The Ionian…

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  • BUSINESS

If the Central Bank lowers the nominal interest rate how this would create a self-reinforcing…

There are a lot of complex dynamic relationships between the monetary economy and the real economy, but since this question focused on interest rates I think that’s a good place to start.Lowering…

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  • HARRISON BERGERON

Do you think that impediments push us to greater heights? How does “Harrison Bergeron” illustrate…

Simply put, I believe the abilities to overcome impediments and learn from failure are absolutely essential when it comes to reaching greater heights. That said, while impediments are present in…

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  • THE BRIDE COMES TO YELLOW SKY

Who is telling the story in “The Bride Comes To Yellow Sky”?

Stephen Crane’s short story “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” is told from the point of view of a third person omniscient narrator. The narrator is not a character in the story, but has the ability…

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  • CATHEDRAL

This story was published in 1981, when life in America was vastly different than it is today….

“Cathedral” is set in time before people had computers in their homes, the internet or cell phone. It’s a time when people–or at least the narrator–hold more prejudices about disability and when…

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  • THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL

In “Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl,” why was Anne angry with her father?

“Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” contains the notes that Anne made to her “Dearest Kitty” (the name she gives to her diary) when her family has no choice but to go into hiding to escape…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

Do you think Darry loves Ponyboy in The Outsiders? Why does he treat Ponyboy the way he does?

Darry does love Ponyboy, but he feels a lot of pressure to be both brother and father. Darry and Pony’s parents died in a car accident, leaving Darry as the parent because he was the oldest…

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  • THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER

What is the Offal Court like?

Tom Canty, who was born on the same day as Prince Edward, lived in Offal Court. Offal Court was a reserve of the poor families in London. In the story, it was stated that although London streets…

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  • THROUGH THE TUNNEL

In “Through the Tunnel” by Doris Lessing, why does Lessing compare the two things in this simile:…

In this simile, Doris Lessing compares the desperate smile on Jerry’s face to a scar, something that has an extremely negative connotation. He had been swimming with a group of older boys with…

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  • MACBETH

What is the psychological state of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth ?

Immediately after Duncan’s murder, and even before it, Lady Macbeth is trying to maintain calm while Macbeth gives in to his anxiety and panic. He hallucinates a bloody dagger prior to the murder,…

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  • THE GIVER

In The Giver, why might minor rule breaking, such as riding a bicycle before the age of nine, be…

The rule against bicycles is broken because it is a minor rule and breaking it is tradition. Rules that are broken for everyone are unspoken rules of their own. This is part of community…

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  • THE GIVER

In Chapter 11 of The Giver by Lois Lowry, what is the community’s solution to snow and hills?

Jonas’s first memory is about sledding down a snowy hill. He absolutely loves the experience and asks the Giver why they don’t have snow or hills in their community. The Giver tells him that snow…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

How does Abigail react to Tituba’s change in heart in The Crucible?

When Tituba suddenly confesses to working with the Devil, naming two other women in the town as witches, Abigail seems to quickly realize that she has an opportunity to also be seen as “God’s…

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  • HISTORY

What are five reasons that Anne Frank’s diary is such an important part of history?

  1. Anne Frank’s diary showed the human face of Nazi extremism. Anne’s story showed the daily life of a family in hiding because they were Jewish. The Nazi persecution of the Jews was well known…

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  • THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

What do Huck and Jim discover and explore in the river in Chapter 12 of The Adventures of…

While wandering down the river, Huck and Jim run across a steamboat named the Walter Scott that has run aground in the Mississippi River. Huck wants to go on board to scout out the boat, and even…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

Why does Daisy cry when she sees Gatsby’s shirts?

Daisy is representative of the upper class. One of her upper-class traits is that she does not show her feelings. We sense, however, that she has very strong feelings and is extremely sensitive….

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  • THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER

What is the purpose of the narrator’s disclaimers in Irving’s “The Devil and Tom Walker”?

The narrator of “The Devil and Tom Walker” sometimes reports events by starting with “It is said that…” instead of just stating straightforwardly that the event definitely happened. Even more…

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  • HISTORY

Why did the Army of Northern Virginia twice invade the North? 5-Why was the battle of Antietam…

Part of the southern strategy in the Civil War was to drag the war out by not invading the North. The goal was to have the Union army chase the Confederate army throughout the South, preventing a…

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  • ACQUIRING THE PANAMA CANAL

How was Panama affected by the “big stick” policy?

In the case of Panama, the “big stick” was the arrival of American troops to maintain order. In the early 19th century, Americans were competing with the British for trade and influence among the…

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  • THE THINGS THEY CARRIED

What were the soldiers doing when Lavender was killed in The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien?

Tim O’Brien outright tells the reader that Ted Lavender is dead throughout the first story of the novel, but the details of his death are not revealed until the end of that story. Lt. Jimmy Cross…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Why does Scout think the trial is a “grave disappointment” in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird?

Just after Sheriff Heck Tate’s testimony in Chapter 17 of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout reflects the following to herself: So far, things were utterly dull: nobody had thundered, there…

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  • THE STORY OF MY LIFE

Who is Mr. Vining in The Story of My Life?

Mr Eugene C. Vining, an instructor at the Perkins Institute for the Blind, was hired by Radcliffe College to assist with Helen’s entrance examinations. Mr Vining was responsible for copying the…

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  • SCIENCE

How can we get the manganese (IV) oxide back after the reaction?

I assume you are referring to the decomposition reaction of hydrogen peroxide, in which manganese (IV) oxide is used as a catalyst. Hydrogen peroxide decomposes to form water and oxygen gas,…

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  • RULES OF THE GAME

Symbolically connect Waverly to the fish the family eats for dinner in the final scene.

“On a platter were the remains of a large fish, its fleshy head still connected to bones swimming upstream in vain escape.” Waverly, the narrator and young chess champion who keeps struggling…

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  • THE BLACK CAT

In what two ways does the title relate to the story?

The title of the story “The Black Cat,” though simple, is rich in meaning when considered in light of the story’s literal and figurative interpretations. On a literal plane, the story features not…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

What was George’s bed like in the novella Of Mice and Men?

In chapter two of Steinbeck’s novella Of Mice and Men, George and Lennie arrive at the bunkhouse of the ranch where they have come to work. They are shown around by the old swamper, Candy. In the…

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  • MY SON THE FANATIC

How can I apply New Historicism to “My son the Fanatic?”

In the broadest terms, New Historicism, often associated with the Shakespearean scholar Stephen Greenblatt, uses literature to try to reconstruct or understand the social or intellectual history or…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

How does Fitzgerald use weather to reinforce the mood when Gatsby meets Daisy?

In Chapter five, Nick has “arranged” for Daisy to come to his house for tea, so that Gatsby can meet her. Gatsby is incredibly nervous. The weather — on the appointed day, it is pouring rain — is…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird, what conflicts might involve man vs the supernatural?

Jem, Dill and Scout create their own conflict with the supernatural by believing the gossip and superstitions handed down to them from people in the community–mostly from Stephanie Crawford. At…

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  • TWO KINDS

In “Two Kinds,” what does Waverly’s mother suggest about her expectations in the two places she…

Auntie Lindo Jong, Waverly’s mother, is a good friend of the mother of the narrator, Jing-mei. Jing-mei’s mother, Mrs. Jong, Mrs. Hsu, and Mrs. St. Clair are members of a four-person card club…

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  • HISTORY

What were the immediate effects of the French Revolution?

Of all the complexities and events of the French Revolution, picking the immediate effect is probably the easiest. The French Revolution brought about the dissolution of a system of monarchy that…

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  • AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE

What information does the Federal scout bring to Farquhar?

The Federal scout tells Peyton Farquhar that the Union army is repairing the railroad to get ready for another advance into the South. He says that they’ve gotten as far as Owl Creek Bridge (about…

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  • GREENLEAF

Twice in Greenleaf we see lilies that allude to the Biblical verse “Consider the lilies of…

We can look just at Matthew 6:28: “Consider the lilies, how they grow. They do not toil, nor do they spin,” but in order to really understand how this message applies here, we need to look at the…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

What are two examples of archetypes in The Odyssey?

Odysseus–the protagonist of Homer’s The Odyssey–represents a number of different archetypes. Two of these include the “trickster” and the “explorer.” The trickster relies on his cleverness to get…

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  • THANK YOU, M’AM

What would be in a dialogue between Roger and Mrs. Jones when they encounter each other ten years…

Langston Hughes’ short story “Thank You, M’am” is about a young man who gets the lesson of a lifetime. Roger is a teenager who tries to steal a lady’s purse on the street of a large city, probably…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

Choose two characters who are portrayed differently or the same in the play and movie adaptation…

Both John and Elizabeth Proctor are represented in much the same way in both the original play and the movie adaptation of it. John is conflicted: he feels terrible guilt for his marital…

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  • HISTORY

What allowed the kingdoms of West Africa to prosper?

The three powerful empires of West Africa acquired vast sums of wealth and power for two primary reasons: their military and the abundance of gold. The military was utilized to acquire vast areas…

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  • THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW

What is Mike’s last name?

Mike Chambers is one of the characters in the 1971 novel, That Was Then, This Is Now. Mike is in the hospital with injuries after being severely beaten. He is involved with a gang, and stood up for…

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  • SCIENCE

How does a cold front form?

A front is the boundary between two masses of air. Fronts can either be warm fronts or cold fronts. On weather maps, warm fronts are represented by red semi-circles and cold fronts are represented…

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  • THE CANTERVILLE GHOST

The twins play many tricks on the ghost, to the great delight of the readers. Which incident do…

The tricks the twins play on the ghost border on cruelty and are “funny” in a slapstick, pie-in-the-face way. This humor is perhaps most reminiscent of the old “Three Stooges” show that has more or…

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  • PARADISE LOST

Was Milton on the devil’s side without knowing it? Explain.

This question requires you to state your personal opinion and then support it with evidence from the text. Reread Paradise Lost and pinpoint passages in which Milton describes the devil’s…

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  • THE STORY OF MY LIFE

What happens in chapters 15 through 20 of The Story of My Life by Helen Keller?

Chapter 15: With hesitation, Helen began writing her autobiography. She had reservations about writing because a year before, she had unintentionally plagiarized when writing a creative story….

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  • THE RAVEN

What are the Gothic elements in “The Raven” with examples from the poem?

Gothic fiction is typically characterized by mystery as well as elements of the supernatural, and “The Raven” in many ways contains both. First, the fact that the poem begins on a “midnight…

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  • MARK TWAIN

How does Twain compare an earl to an anaconda?

Actually, in “The Lowest Animal,” Twain shows the difference between a “civilized” earl and his hunting party and the “lowly” anaconda. Twain details a case where an earl on a hunting…

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