• LEO TOLSTOY

It is important not to neglect the last two words of the title: “But Waits.” An important element of the story is that the truth comes out, but only after waiting a long time. The reader knows…

• HAMLET

What is the significance of appearace of the ghost in Hamlet?

Whenever ghosts, spirits, and other elements of the celestial or occult sphere appear in Shakespeare, you know things are unnatural and out of order. The ghost appearing in Hamlet is ocular proof…

• MACBETH

Help with essay on the theme of free will in MacbethI need guided support on writing my essay….

You are right about Macbeth and his decisions being choices that he made using free will. When he decides to begin murdering, starting with King Duncan, it is because of his unchecked ambition…

• MATH

CalculationCalculate the following functions: sin (7 degrees30 minutes) tg (37 degrees30minutes)…

You need to notice that if you double the angle of  yields:  Hence, you need to use the half angle identity, such that:

• MATH

Mathematical IdentityProve the below identity: sin20*sin40*sin60*sin80=3/16

You need to remember the next trigonometric identity, such that:  Considering the product  yields:

• FAHRENHEIT 451

Do you like the book’s ending? Why or why not?Do you like the book’s ending? Why or why not?

I do, because Montag finally finds a place. After learning about books, and the wonders they possessed, he became entranced by them and could not give them up. However, as they were illegal, he…

• SCIENCE

Painting a wood houseCould it be better to paint a wood house in white? Or any colour is…

If you paint a house, you should consider colors that will keep the house cooler. A light color like what will certainly keep the house cool. You also want to consider how a color will wear….

• PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

In Pride and Prejudice, why does Elizabeth’s accusation that Darcy has not behaved “in a…

Elizabeth rejects Darcy because he presents his proposal in an odd form. He says that he has tried to get over her, he knows that he should not love her, but he is afflicted, he cannot get her out…

• ROMEO AND JULIET

In Romeo and Juliet, what punishment does Escaslus give Romeo?

“A fate worse than death” Romeo is banished to Mantua. Romeo’s exile is an important turning point in the story. His banishment leads to a domino effect of events that change the lives of all…

• ANTIGONE

I would like to know the gist of Sophocles’ Antigone.It doesn’t have to be very elaborate, maybe…

There is a good summary here at enotes, which gives a paragraph or two for each of the eight scenes. The play is primarily concerned with a family dispute over an issue that is personal,…

• SOCIAL SCIENCES

Should pregnant women who use alcohol be incarcerated until they give birthShould pregnant women…

No, they should not. Whether the woman is occasionally using alcohol as in a glass of wine with dinner once or twice, or whether she is abusing alcohol and drinking every day, it is her choice to…

• THE SEA-WOLF

In Chapter 4 of The Sea-Wolf, why does Wolf Larens call the narrator “hump”? Is there any…

At the beginning of chapter 4 in “The Sea-Wolf” by Jack London, the narrator is working in the galley as a cabin-boy. The cook has sent him above with bread and tea for the captains dinner. As he…

• THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, what are two quotes that show the differences in the…

The the novel, Huck Finn represents the realism that Mark Twain believed in. Thus, even though he is breaking the law by helping to set Jim free, he is seen as the honest of the two characters….

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill A Mockingbird, how does Dill’s action for escaping to Maycomb County in Ch. 14 drive…

Dill has found that he has to compete with his step-father for the attention of his mother. He feels like he’s constantly being pushed away so they can have time together. They even expect him to…

• A CANARY FOR ONE

Discuss the appropriateness of the title for “A Canary for One” by Ernest Hemingway?

The American woman having bought a canary in Palermo is bringing it back for her daughter who has lost interest in life because she cannot marry the man she loves. This American woman talks to a…

Why does Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing accept the gull so willingly? Why is she able to…

The “gull”, of course, is the trick played on Beatrice by her cousin Hero and her waiting gentlewoman, Ursula, inthe “pleached bower”, (an arbor) (III.i.7) that misleads Beatrice into thinking…

• ASTRONOMY

How many moons does Saturn have?

According to the IAU (International Astronomical Union) Saturn, which is the sixth planet from the sun has “18 known moons that have received officially sanctioned names.” The most famous of the…

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In “To Kill a Mockingbird” what do you think about Atticus’ attempts to defuse the children’s…

They were nice tries, but if you know kids, any time you tell them not to do something, or forbid them from doing that thing, it becomes even more exciting and mysterious. It can be the simplest,…

• OF MICE AND MEN

In Of Mice and Men, why does Crooks torture and taunt Lennie about George?

As a black man and a cripple, Crooks is isolated from everyone else on the ranch. Although he can play horseshoes with the men, he isn’t allowed in the bunkhouse to play cards or socialize….

• TWILIGHT

Why does the relationship between Eric, Mike, and Tyler worry Bella?

Eric, Mike, and Tyler are all male students at Forks High who ask Bella to the dance. These boys all show interest in Bella, which worries her because she is not used to the attention, and in fact…

• MACBETH

I am comparing Claudius from Hamlet to Macbeth from Macbeth, both tragedies from Shakespeare,…

A good place to start would be right here at eNotes. Just to frame your thinking, read the answers to a similar question from another student [first link below]. Then to get into the topic in more…

• THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND

What were Kit’s political views in “The Witch of Blackbird Pond?”

Kit had come to Westbrook, CT from the island of Barbados. She was a loyal citizen of a British controlled territory. She was very loyal to King James and didn’t understand why or how the people…

• ANIMAL FARM

How does the word “propaganda” relate to Squealer’s behaviour and actions in Animal Farm?

According to dictionary.com: propaganda is defined as “information, ideas, or rumors deliberately spread widely to help or harm a person, group, movement, institution, nation, etc.” Squealer is…

• MATH

Write the ratio 162 heartbeats in 60 seconds as a unit rate.

There are two main ways you could write this. You could write 2.7 bps (beats per second). You could write it as 162 BPM. That’s 162 beats per minute. That’s a standard way to track heart beat….

• A&P

What are some of the struggles that Sammy faces in “A & P”?Struggles against rules, authority…

In A & P, Sammy is a store clerk, bored with his job, “He is a checkout clerk at an A & P supermarket. His language indicates that, at age nineteen, he is both cynical and romantic.”…

• ASTRONOMY

What is the size of the sun’s atmosphere?

The “atmosphere” of the sun is made up of three layers, photosphere, chromosphere, and corona: The photosphere represents the depth at which we can see no deeper toward the core of the Sun….

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird, compare and contrast the characters of Boo Radley and Tom Robinson.

Comparisons: They were both sentenced by authorities of the law (Boo by a judge to the boy’s school, Tom to jail), both treated unfairly (Tom by almost everyone, Boo by his father and brother),…

• SCIENCE

How does DNA direct the cell to make proteins?How are these terms related to this process? amino…

DNA has the instructions for making different kinds of proteins for your body. These proteins give you your unique characteristics and tell the cells in your body how to work. Both DNA and RNA fit…

• A RAISIN IN THE SUN

Lena and Ruth both reflect the different roles of women in society. What are the roles…

Lena and Ruth represent the stereotypical female role of the past; this is part of the reason that there is so much tension between the two women and Walter and Beneatha. 1. Lena is the matriarch…

• MACBETH

In what ways did Shakespeare modify the story of Macbeth found in Holinshed?Why are these changes…

One of the biggest changes in the story from Holinshed’s is the switch of Banquo from a villain to moral character. The main reason for this was political. King James I (James VI of Scotland) had…

• ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

In the movie All Quiet on the Western Front, who is to blame for Joseph Behm’s death?

(response is based on the 1930 version of the film) In the film version of All Quiet on the Western Front, Joseph Behm is directly responsible for his own death (unless of course, one is looking…

• THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

Explain Portia’s famous speech (“The quality of mercy is not strained…”) and what it says of…

Portia’s entire wonderful speech in Act IV goes as follows:”The quality of mercy is not strain’d,It droppeth as the gentle rain from heavenUpon the place beneath. It is twice blest:It blesseth…

• A RAISIN IN THE SUN

In A Raisin in the Sun, why is Ruth so reluctant to do what Walter wants to do?

In this play Lorraine Hansberry has written an American classic. It is about a family struggling to achieve the American Dream. Walter and Ruth are married and live with their son and Mama…

• OF MICE AND MEN

In Of Mice and Men, what do the men think happened to Carlson’s gun?

Carlson thinks that Lennie took it before he left, and the others seem to agree. Carlson came running in. ‘The bastard’s stole my Luger,’ he shouted. Since they have been talking about going…

• REFERENCE

I need to do an acrostic with the word “inclusion” (special needs).I need to do an acrostic with…

Acrostic poems are fun to write. Think about what point you want to get across in your poem, and then try to devise a way to say it in the acrostic pattern. You can use either one or two words per…

• OF MICE AND MEN

In Of Mice and Men, what does Lennie fear most in the final chapter?Besides being upset over…

Before he kills Curley’s wife, Lennie is sad that he has killed his puppy. His bigger concern, however, is that because he killed the puppy George will be mad at him and won’t let him tend…

• OF MICE AND MEN

In Of Mice and Men, what shows us in Chapter 5 that Curley does not love his wife?

In Chapter 5, there is more to show that Curley’s wife doesn’t love him than that he doesn’t love her. She says: ‘I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad.’ It’s clear…

• THE DRUNKARD

In “The Drunkard”, why does the boy’s mother want him to go to the funeral with his father?

In the story “The Drunkard,” by Frank O’Connor Larry’s mother is worried about her husband, Mick Delaney. Mick’s best friend and giver of inside information, has suddenly died. This really upsets…

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird, why had Atticus not brought a chair for the man in the corner? Who…

Atticus didn’t bring a chair for the man in the corner, because that man was Arthur “Boo” Radley, one known for staying to himself. Despite the children’s hypothesis that he was a raving lunatic…

• EATING POETRY

FREEI can understand how students and readers in general are intimidated by the use of poetic…

Anyone can write poetry, but it takes a good ear for the “music” within the lines and a talent for choosing the best words to write great poetry. I am a firm believer that some people just have a…

• TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In “To Kill a Mockingbird” what does Scout learn from Calpurnia’s account of Zeebo’s education?

Calpurnia explains to Jem and Scout that “There wasn’t a school even when [Zeebo] was a boy,” and mentions that it was she that “made him learn, though.” She taught him how to read; that she…

• ROMEO AND JULIET

I was wondering if someone can explain to me the meaning of the old vs young theme in Romeo and…

The theme of age is intertwined in with the theme of love and hate. From the opening sonnet, the chorus says “From ancient grudge break to new mutiny.” The hatred runs deep into the past of these…

Why did everyone in the town of Arcangel expect Manolo to become a bullfighter in Shadow of a Bull?

Because Manolo, who has a long, thin physique, a long nose, and sad, brooding eyes, resembles his father, everyone in the town of Arcangel expects him to follow in his father’s footsteps. Manolo’s…

• THE CHOCOLATE WAR

Describe the rules and organization of the fight between Jerry and Emile in The Chocolate War….

The Vigils originally constructed the fight between Jerry and Emile to go as follows: A boxing ring is set up so that everyone in school can watch. Emile (who is a strong and ruthless fighter,…

• THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

In The Diary of Anne Frank, please describe the newcomer who comes to live in the secret annex in…

In November a local Dentist named Albert Dussel comes to live and hide with the Franks and the other Jewish people living in the annexe. Mr. Dussell was a stuffy old man. He left his wife while…

• THE GREAT GATSBY

In The Great Gatsby, why does Tom think that “civilization is going to pieces”?What does he think…

In the first chapter we meet Tom just as he is. He is a racist pig. He is also an elitist. He feels that he is worth more than almost everyone else, and that only the white people should be in…

• ROMEO AND JULIET

How might Romeo be affected by his society using examples from Act One of Romeo and Juliet?

Romeo is greatly affected by the society in Verona. In Act I he is affected in the following ways: His family, the Montagues, is involved in an ancient with the Capulets. He is expected to take…

• WINTER DREAMS

In “Winter Dreams,” how does Dexter react to Devlin’s news?

In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “Winter Dreams,” we follow the life of Dexter Green. The story is told in three different parts and at three different segments of Dexter’s life. When he is 14 the story…

• NIGHTJOHN

Who are the characters in Nightjohn? I would like to know the characteristics for each one.

Sarny is the main character in Nightjohn. She is twelve, and people think she is “dumb”, because she has “a stuck tongue”, and when she was born she “come out wrong…all backwards and…