What does the quote “tis the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil” suggest?

What does the quote “tis the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil” suggest?

  • TWO KINDS

What is the main conflict in “Two Kinds”?

The main conflict in the story Two Kinds was the struggle between what the daughter wanted and what her mother wanted for her, based on the background and cultural differences between the two. The…

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  • SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY

What is the message of the poem “Doc Hill”? Who is Em Stanton?

“Doc Hill” by Edgar Lee Masters is a poem in which the speaker, Doc Hill, delivers his message to the reader after his death. His marriage fails and his son chooses a questionable path in life,…

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  • HISTORY

How were Akkad and Babylon alike and different?

The ancient cities of Akkad and Babylon were both in Mesopotamia and located near the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. They also spoke the same language (Akkadian) but with some regional differences,…

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  • ARTHUR RIMBAUD

What is the irony in Rimbaud’s “Barbarian?”

When a work is truly ironic, it often contains more than one instance of irony, or is ironic at more than one place. The first way that this poem is ironic is that it is a poem. True barbarians…

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  • LITERATURE

Who is the person that created Literature Psychology?

At first glance, this seems to be an easy question, but from my graduate research standpoint, it is much more difficult to answer than most. Literature Psychology is not a well-known genre….

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  • WALK TWO MOONS

What kind of trouble do you think the journals assigned by Mr. Birkway will cause? Why? 1 image

The journals will cause a mess of trouble! Even though Mr. Birkway changes the names of people and covers the fronts of the journals so they will not be recognizable, people can still determine…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

How can I explain the “coming of age” theme in The Lord Of The Flies?

One of the major reasons that Golding wrote The Lord of the Flies was to present a picture of what would happen if innocent boys were placed on an island alone without the influence of society or…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

What were the nations during World War One?

I assume that you are asking what countries fought in World War I. There were two groups of allies in WWI. We now refer to them as the Allied Powers (or Allies) and the Central Powers. The…

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  • NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND

How can I write the introduction to a compare and contrast essay on Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and…

Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis and Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground definitely make an interesting comparison/contrast essay topic. When writing introductions, it is important to…

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  • THE RAVEN

Which of these stanzas from “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe addresses the theme of everlasting…

In his poem The Raven, Poe addresses the theme of everlasting love through the last lines of the first stanza posted. It is not the raven, but the narrator who utters on the subject; “Other…

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  • LANGSTON HUGHES

In “Salvation,” how does Langston Hughes blend telling the story with showing his readers what…

When we speak of telling in terms of writing, we are speaking of developing exposition. Exposition creates a backdrop for the story by relaying information about characters, setting, or events in…

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  • THE ODYSSEY

In book one, how does Telemachus show strength with Penelope, and how does this relate to the…

In book one, three notable acts take place. First, Telemachus calls together the suitors, and he tells them to leave his father’s estate. In short, he banishes them. This is a bold action, because…

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  • BLUES AIN’T NO MOCKINGBIRD

What does the mockingbird represent in “Blues Ain’t No Mockingbird” by Toni Cade Bambara?

The usual spelling of mockingbird author Toni Cade Bambara uses in her title “Blues Ain’t No Mockin Bird,” as seen in her volume of short stories the work was first published in, tilted Gorilla, My…

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  • HISTORY

Who was George M. Pullman and why is he a historical figure?

George M. Pullman is best-known as a railroad magnate from the Gilded Age. He is an important historical figure mainly because of his involvement in the Pullman Strike of 1894. Pullman first made…

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  • A WRINKLE IN TIME

What is a conflict Meg Murry faces in A Wrinkle in Time that shows who she is as a person?

At the beginning of A Wrinkle in Time, Meg Murry is not at all confident of her abilities in general. She does not feel intelligent; her teachers make it clear they don’t think she is very bright….

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  • RIGHTS OF MAN

What would Thomas Paine say about the Supreme court’s position regarding the outcome of the…

Thomas Paine would support Phelps, but almost certainly sympathize with Snyder. The defense for the thesis is contained within Paine’s Rights of Man published in 1791. Paine, throughout his…

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  • HISTORY

How did the Battle of Midway Island impact World War II?

The Battle of Midway Island was a key turning point in the war in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. Japan had been able to conquer almost all of the western Pacific Ocean and most of the…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Examine some of the arguments used by the framers of the Constitution while debating the language…

Some of the language that the delegates used when debating the Constitution helped to reflect some of the pressing issues of the day. One instance of how language reflected concerns about specific…

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  • THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST

How do the cigarette case and tea ceremony in Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”…

Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest” is what is sometimes called a “drawing room comedy”, set against the backdrop of the social interactions of the upper classes. Many elements of the…

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  • THE COP AND THE ANTHEM

Compare and contrast the following stories by O’ Henry; “The Last Leaf” and ”The Cop and the…

The two stories by O’Henry demonstrate the author’s skill in using irony. In the story, “The Last Leaf,” the young girl lays dying. She has given up any hope of recovery and watches the…

  • SCIENCE

An atom has 25 protons , 30 neutrons and 25 electrons . What is the charge of the atom’s nucleus?

The charge of the nucleus of an atom with 25 protons is +25 regardless of the number of other particles. Protons are the only charged particle in the nucleus. However, the overall charge of the…

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  • RELIGION

Do you agree that religion is a tool that gives power to certain individuals?

In some ways all religions do give power to certain individuals. Let me give a few examples. Within Catholicism, the clergy has great power. If we look at the hierarchy of the church, the clergy…

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  • THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

What does Mercedes do when Dantes has gone to jail?

Mercedes marries Fernand so her husband Albert will have a father. This is a story about revenge, but Mercedes is an innocent party. She was supposed to marry Dantes right before he got hauled off…

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  • THE MINISTER’S BLACK VEIL

In “The Minister’s Black Veil,” what religion do the characters practice?

In “The Minister’s Black Veil,” the reference to people in the town as “Goodman” or “Goodwife” as well as the reference to the place of worship as the “meeting-house” help us to identify the time…

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  • BY THE WATERS OF BABYLON

What does John see in his vision-dream in “By the Waters of by Babylon?”

John saw a vision of the Dead Place where the gods walked that used to be New York. John’s world is one that exists in a post-apocalyptic version of Earth, after the Great Burning. It is never…

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  • RIP VAN WINKLE

When Rip wakes up, what have the colonies become?

Rip Van Winkle fell asleep in the Catskill Mountains for twenty years. Before he left his village home near the Hudson River, Rip was an English colonist. He lived in the English colony of New…

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  • YOUNG GOODMAN BROWN

What is the symbolic meaning of Young Goodman Brown’s journey?

Young Goodman Brown’s journey can be read as an allegory of the Christian’s journey toward eventual salvation or damnation. This is one explanation of why his name is such a common one—Brown—as…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

What evidence in The Outsiders does Cherry show that Socs aren’t bad at all?

In The Outsiders, Cherry Valance, the Soc, plays an important role because it is through getting to know her that Ponyboy, and consequently the reader, is able to see that Socs are not all bad. Our…

  • THE WEDNESDAY WARS

What happens when Holling cleans the cage of Sycorax and Caliban in chapter 2 of Gary Schmidt’s…

In the month of October in Gary Schmidt’s The Wednesday Wars, the final chore Mrs. Baker asks Holling to do before they begin their Shakespeare studies is clean the cage of the classroom pet rats,…

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  • BUD, NOT BUDDY

What are some of Bud’s weaknesses in Bud, Not Buddy?

Many of Bud’s weaknesses are actually external (such as poverty and homelessness); however, Bud has two main internal weaknesses as well: his inability to show emotion and his rules. Largely…

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  • EVELINE

What kind of violence is Eveline’s father doing to her?

There are two types of violence Eveline’s father is doing to her in the short story “Eveline.” One type of violence is the threat of physical harm, while the other type is an emotional violence…

  • JULIUS CAESAR

Why does Caesar want Calpurnia to stand in Antony’s path during the race in honor of the feast of…

In the opening of Act 1, Scene 2, Caesar addresses his wife Calpurnia as follows: Stand you directly in Antonio’s way,When he doth run his course. Then Caesar addresses his friend and faithful…

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  • RAYMOND’S RUN

In “Raymonds run” how does Squeaky feel about girls and how they smile at each other?

Squeaky feels that when girls smile at each other, they do not usually mean it. Squeaky does not believe that girls smile each other genuinely. Behind a girl’s smile is a trick, deceit, or false…

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  • THE TELL-TALE HEART

When the police arrive, why does the narrator place his chair over the spot where the old man…

This is a perfect example of hubris, a concept from ancient Greece. It is a character trait of extremely confident people – overconfident people in fact – that often leads to their downfall, as is…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

Is there a time where Lennie made a good decision in the novel Of Mice and Men?

The only incident in which Lennie could be said to have made a good decision was when, after he had accidentally killed Curley’s wife, he followed George’s advice to hide in the brush next to the…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

What is Reverend Hale’s advice to John Proctor as he is about to read his deposition before the…

In Act Three, just as Proctor is about to hand his deposition to Deputy Governor Danforth, Mr. Hale implores Danforth, “in all justice, sir, a claim so weighty cannot be argued by a farmer. In…

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  • THE SCARLET IBIS

Is the narrator in “The Scarlet Ibis a slave to pride? Why or how?

According to one definition in the Webster dictionary, a slave is “a person who is strongly influenced and controlled by something.” In the story, Brother is remembering his brother, Doodle, and…

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  • CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM

Why did Edward Said write the book Culture and Imperialism?

One never can know completely why anyone does anything. Freudian and other forms of psychological theory suggest that many of our motives are unknown even to ourselves, much less transparent to…

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  • ANTIGONE

In Sophocles’ Antigone, what final lessons does the chorus learn and discuss?

Sophocles’ Antigone ends with a messenger appearing on stage to bring Creon the news of the suicides of his wife and son. The messenger’s news and Creon’s lamentations are intermixed with the final…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

What is Montag’s function among the network?

After Montag has fled the city, he meets with a group of men, headed by Granger, who have organised themselves into a “loose network.” As part of this network, Montag must be able to recall his…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Explain how Tom Robinson had a chance of winning in an appeal in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Atticus knew that he would probably lose the case. He said this much to Scout when she asked whether he would win the case. As Atticus predicted, he did lose the case. However, Atticus had another…

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  • SPEAK

What does Heather tell Melinda when she dissolves their friendship in Speak?

Ah, the friendship that was doomed to fail. Even though Melinda and Heather have very different personalities and goals, they were thrown together (by Heather) at the beginning of the year, due to…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill A MockingBird, why do you feel that Tom Robinson needed to die?

The penalty for rape in Maycomb, according to Atticus, was the death penalty. Atticus says: “You know rape’s a capital offense in Alabama.” From this perspective, the characters in the book…

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  • MACBETH

What does the quote “tis the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil” suggest?

In Act 2, Scene 2, Macbeth returns from murdering Duncan, but he has brought the grooms’ two daggers with him. This seems strange. Apparently he is either in a trance or else he has forgotten that…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

How does Atticus explain the Ewell family?

Atticus is the most understanding character in the novel. Therefore, his perspective on people and events differs from that of other people. When he describes the Ewells to Scout, his words are a…

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  • TWO KINDS

How are the titles of the songs (“Pleading Child” and “Perfectly Contented”) and the mother’s…

The story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan is a story about the journey from childhood to adulthood. Jing-mei’s childhood is symbolized by the song “Pleading Child” and the obedient child her mother speaks…

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  • MACBETH

Why does Malcolm doubt Macduff’s change of character?

Malcolm is suspicious of Macduff’s plea to help him overthrow Macbeth for the following reasons. Firstly, Malcolm states that Macbeth was thought to be honest and that Macduff loved him, so he is…

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  • PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF

How did Percy, Annabeth, and Grover plan to get money for their journey?

First, the store at Camp Half-blood loaned them some money to get started on their journey. Then they were able to take a bit of money from Medusa’s barbecue restaurant after they chopped off her…

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  • THE STRANGER

What does the reference “a soldier” tell you about the time period in The Stranger?

The reference to “a soldier” appears in the first chapter of The Stranger as Meursault is travelling to the home for his mother’s funeral. This reference implies that the book is set during…

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  • THE LOTTERY

In the “The Lottery,” why do you think the author chose common people in a small New England…

I don’t believe it is certain that this story takes place in New England. It might have been somewhere in the Midwest. Old Man Warner cites an old saying: “Used to be a saying about ‘Lottery in…

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