What did the old man have on the back of his neck in Old Man and the Sea?

What did the old man have on the back of his neck in Old Man and the Sea?

  • THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA

What did the old man have on the back of his neck in Old Man and the Sea?

The old man has “deep wrinkles in the back of his neck”. This detail is given to us by the author in the second paragraph of the book. In that paragraph, the reader receives a physical description…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Why does Atticus ask whether anyone has called a doctor and why is this important?

There are several reasons Atticus asks about the doctor. First, Mayella’s father has testified that he interrupted Tom while Tom was raping Mayella. A doctor could provide physical evidence of such…

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  • HISTORY

Has the American Dream truly been lost according to President Obama?Has the American Dream truly…

I don’t think that President Obama would suggest that the American dream has been lost. Based on his actions in office and the platform upon which he ran, I think he would suggest quite the…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

Is Pearl’s behavior really unnatural for a child, or does Hester just imagine that it is?”The…

A great deal of Pearl’s behavior troubles Hesther because she projects her own guilty feelings and interprets Pearl’s actions as reprimands or punishments. Please see the link to Pearl’s character…

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  • SCIENCE

In which layer of earth are gold and metals are present?

Of the more than 100 elements of the periodic table, the majority are metals. So, metals are found in all layers of Earth’s structure.The eight most common elements in Earth’s crust (by mass)…

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  • ABRAHAM LINCOLN

What are two rhetorical devices Lincoln used in his “Gettysburg Address?”

There are some powerful rhetorical speaking devices that Lincoln uses in his speech. One such device is the use of repetition that is employed to punctuate the purpose of the end of clauses or…

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  • SUMMER OF MY GERMAN SOLDIER

What is the main conflict in The Summer of My German Soldier?

There are several conflicts that arise surrounding Patty Bergen in Bette Greene’s teen novel Summer of My German Soldier. The main one arises over her decision to hide the escaped German POW, Anton…

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  • THE BLUEST EYE

What is the significance of the four parts of the novel and their correlation with the four…

The seasons of the year operate symbolically in the novel. The four structural sections each correspond to a season of the year. Autumn beings the book: for Claudia, Pecola, and Frieda (like most…

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  • YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN

How is Young Goodman Brown changed by his experience in the forest? Does the narrator endorse…

As the question implies, Goodman Brown is changed to the point tht he trusts no one and is haunted by his experiences. He questions the reality of what he has seen, but cannot get the images and…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What is the climax of each part of the book and why does the author use this device?

Author Harper Lee breaks down her classic novel of the rural South, To Kill a Mockingbird, into two parts. The first 12 chapters cover a general overview of the town and background of the Finch…

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  • LITERATURE

What are two types of violence found in literature and how are the effects different?

Would you, please, clarify your question? It is hard to limit violence to two types, and is there a certain kind of literature you are thinking about, a certain period in literature, a genre, or…

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  • THE KITE RUNNER

Compare the relationships between Baba and Ali and Amir and Hassan. Were their personal…

The relationships between Baba and Ali and Amir and Hassan had similarities and differences. The similarities were a result of social separation, but the difference stemmed from the different…

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  • OTHELLO

In Othello, what are the strengths and weaknesses of the main characters Othello, Iago,…

Overall, the characters sense of pride and self-doubt lead to the tragic ending in the play. Othello does not have enough pride in himself to believe that his wife could remain faithful to him,…

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  • WUTHERING HEIGHTS

Which film/ television adaptation of the novel do you consider the best?

I have to say I prefer the version directed by William Tyler from 1939, with Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff, David Niven as Edgar and Merle Oberon as Cathy. The scenes of Catherine and Heathcliff…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

How does Pearl feel towards Hester in The Scarlet Letter?

Pearl’s relationship with her mother is complex and puzzling, the result of the circumstances of her birth and her life in the Puritan colony. Pearl loves her mother and sometimes treats her with…

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  • JOHNNY TREMAIN

What made Johnny feel comfortable about entering the printing offices of the Boston Observer in…

Johnny was attracted to the printing offices of the Boston Observer by an inviting sign that hung at the front of the shop. The sign had on it “a little man in bright blue coat and red breeches,…

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  • A SEPARATE PEACE

Describe Quackenbush and Gene’s realization about him. How are these two boys similar?

We learn about Quackenbush in Chapter 6, when Gene shows up to take over the position of assistant senior crew manager. Gene says, …[T]here was something wrong about him. I didn’t know exactly…

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  • 1984

Describe one of the novel’s central dream symbols and what it means?I think it may be the one…

It very much has to do with Winston’s mother and sister, but not directly so. Instead, the image of his mother and sister in the saloon of a sinking ship represents a death of the past and the…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

What is your opinion of the shirt scene? Why? Explain how this scene affects your reaction to…

Well, this is a subjective question, so you’ll have to develop your own opinion about the characters. But I’ll analyze the scene a bit to help you along. This scene occurs in Chapter 5, just after…

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  • THE STORY OF EDGAR SAWTELLE

What are some symbols in David Wroblewski’s “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle?”

In The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, the names of the dogs as well as the dogs themselves could be considered symbolic. Keep in mind each dog is named directly out of the dictionary. (One brief…

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  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Are the lessons Pip learns during his journey necessary for him to arrive at the wisdom he…

You have correctly identified a major stylistic issue within this novel. The narration is technically identified as first person retrospective, which means it is told in the first person and rather…

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  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

If Pip had not received his “great expectations” and never left Joe’s forge, how would his life…

Having been to Miss Havisham’s mansion and having met Estella has irrevocably altered Pip, for he has seen that there is another way of living other than his, and it is a way of life he desires…

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  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

In Great Expectations, are the lessons that Pip learns necessary for him to arrive at the wisdom…

A theme that is central to this text as a whole and that you need to understand to answer this question is class consciousness, or how Pip becomes aware and dissatisfied with his humble origins. We…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

What are some symbols and themes in chapters 7-9 of “The Great Gatsby”?So far I only have the…

One possible symbol, connected with the smoldering yet unrequited love between Gatsby and Daisy is the weather, which is unbearably hot. On the train to the Buchanans’ for lunch, Nick observes…

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  • THE GIFT OF THE MAGI

In “The Gift of the Magi”, how much money does Della get for her hair and what does she get Jim?

After Della realizes that she only has 1.87 to buy her husband a gift, she sits down and cries. Then she gets an idea, she decides to check out the idea of selling her beautiful long hair. Della…

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  • MACBETH

How does Duncan recompense Macbeth and Banquo?

Here’s the part of the play you should be looking at. Duncan has just been told that the treacherous Thane of Cawdor repented on his death bed, and he is commenting regretfully on Cawdor’s…

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  • GUNS, GERMS, AND STEEL

Why is important to understand when and why people became farmers?Please give me the page # if…

Look in Chapter 4, which begins on page 85 for more details, but here is my explanation and answer to your question. The theory that Jared Diamond poses regarding the importance of farming is…

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  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

In “Great Expectations”, what makes Pip change his opinion of Magwitch?what makes him change his…

First of all, there is an innate kindness in Pip that is demonstrated in the exposition of “Great Expectations” when he is kind to the grey convict on the marshes even while he is terrified of the…

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  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

If Pip had not received his “great expectations” and never left Joe’s forge, how would his life…

A central concept you need to understand to answer this question is class consciousness, or how Pip becomes aware and dissatisfied with his humble origins. We can see that this comes through his…

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  • A SEPARATE PEACE

Why does the bombing in central Europe seem unreal to Finny and the other boys? What does this…

Gene has an explanation for this in Chapter 2. He says, Bombs were completely unreal to us here, not because we couldn’t imagine it – a thousand newspaper photographs and newsreels had given us a…

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  • RICHARD III

In Shakespeare’s Richard III, what are the similarities between Richard and Richmond?

In Shakespeare’s Richard III, Richard (called Gloucester throughout much of the play) is a singular character in a number of ways. From the very first act, Richard is portrayed as a physically…

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  • A TALE OF TWO CITIES

What is the significance of the title “Book the Third,” and in what earlier scene does Dickens…

With the religious theme of redemption and with Carton as a Christ-like figure, the number 3 plays a recurring role in Dickens’s “A Tale of Two Cities.” In Book the First, Sydney Carton is…

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  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Why do you think Miss Havisham manipulates and misleads Pip into thinking she is his secret…

Miss Havisham does not originally set out to convince Pip that she is his benefactor. Her goal was to make Pip fall in love with Estella so that Estella could break his heart. When Pip began…

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  • HOUSE OF THE SPIRITS

Who is the narrator for most of House of the Spirits? Alba?

It’s always interesting to discuss the point of view in regards to House of the Spirits! The majority of the narration is truly third person omniscient (called thus because this narrator knows…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What kind of person is Boo Radley in “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

In “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Boo Radley figures as a person who fits the first line of a poem by William Wordsworth: “The World is too much with us.” For, Boo who at one time in his youth rebelled…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

What are the challenges of democracy?

In a sense, this depends on what we mean by “democracy.” If we mean the ideal of 18th century democracy the main problem is as it has always been, the balancing of the individual’s freedom against…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

When does Hawthorne show Pearl beginning to show a remarkable degree of intuition?

In The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne uses the young Pearl to enhance the characterizations of both Hester Prynne and Reverend Dimmesdale. She is presented as an extraordinary young child,…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

What uncanny ability did the scarlet letter seem to give Hester?

The Scarlet Letter opens with the main character, Hester Prynne, imprisoned and then shamefully subjected to public scrutiny and humiliation on the scaffold. At this point, the reader has no…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

What is Hawthorne saying about the problem of sin and human responsibility in Chapter 20 of The…

The major point that Hawthorne is making about the problem of sin and human responsibility in describing the change in Dimmesdale’s behavior is that once an individual has given in to sin, he is…

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  • LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI

What is the impact of Keats’ “La Belle Dame Sans Merci”?

The poem is a meditation on the mystical quality of the natural world, as well as a paean to romantic, unattainable love. The girl the knight meets and falls in love with is a fairy, one of the…

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  • MACBETH

In what ways is Macbeth a psychological study of guilt? Give supporting evidence from the text.

Macbeth–a man who earns respect because he distinguishes himself through his heroic deeds, proves to have a moral conscience, but unfortunately possesses a character flaw–ambition–that destroys…

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  • SCIENCE

How does helicase enzyme unwind strands of DNA? Where’s helicase enzyme made from?how helicase…

DNA helicase is the enzyme that unwinds the strands of DNA. It is a motor protein and “unzips” the DNA molecule by using the free energy of ATP to break the hydrogen bonds between the nucleotides…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

What is the difference beteen a sea and a gulf?

The primary difference between the two terms is one of encasing. A “sea” is “The continuous body of salt water covering most of the earth’s surface, especially this body regarded as a geophysical…

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  • ESSAY LAB

Please suggest to me some interesting literary topics (from English Literature) on which I can do…

I think you will need to narrow down your focus a bit before you begin research. English Literature is an expansive field and to merely suggest topics with such a wide scope is very challenging….

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

An intriguing student question!A few days ago, a student posted the question “How is euphemism…

I didn’t respond to the question because I didn’t have enough to offer. The only example of euphemism I could think of was the reference to Gatsby’s “drug stores,” which were covers for his…

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  • CHARLES DICKENS

Tale of two citiesIs anyone reading tale of two cities and want to help me?!

“A Tale of Two Cities” is a novel that one can read over and over and still find a new insight or new appreciation. From its famous opening lines to its most poignant of endings, Dickens’s classic…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Please explain Jack’s statement in To Kill a Mockingbird: “Let this cup pass from you” (Lee 88).

Uncle Jack’s statement is a definite allusion to the Bible, specifically to Matthew 26:39. Enotes give a great definition of allusion in its guide to literary terms: Allusion – a reference,…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

Characters are tested in the conflict in Salem. What do we learn about the kind of people they are?

What the reader learns from the conflict that occurs in Salem is that there are two kinds of people who live in the village, those who have a true belief in morality, ethics and are real…

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  • 9TH GRADE ENGLISH TEACHERS

Where can I find information on Walter de la Mare’s poem “The Listeners”? I need to teach it to a…

There are a variety of places where you can find information on “The Listeners.” In order to have a strong grasp of the techniques used in the poem and the ideas de la Mare is trying to advocate…

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  • SENSE AND NONSENSE IN CORPORATE FINANCE

What are some of the issues that have a bearing on financial markets?

Issues that are not directly linked to economics bear impact on a financial market. One of these issues is political. In order for financial markets to emerge and commerce to be facilitated,…

 


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