What is it like to be in the Crachit family in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens?

What is it like to be in the Crachit family in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens?

  • TWELVE ANGRY MEN

At the end of Twelve Angry Men, the eighth juror helps the third juror put on his jacket. What is…

In Twelve Angry Men, conflict between the eighth and third juror is evident from the very beginning of the play. While the eighth juror prefers to take his time to ascertain the facts of the case,…

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  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, what is Jane Bennet’s opinion of Darcy?

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Jane Bennet is characterized as a very thoughtful, kind, caring person who is unwilling to dislike anyone. Her personality and the fact that she dearly admires…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, what is the collard patch?

In Chapter 6, Jem plans a night-time raid on the Radley house hoping to see Boo through a window. In order to get close to the house, the children have to travel through Nathan Radley’s garden. Jem…

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  • IF THIS IS A MAN

Despite the conditions in which they found themselves, a few concentration camp prisoners did act…

Levi explains these “exceptions to the rule” by referencing the internal and entrenched moral compass of the individuals who stood formidably against the onslaught of suffering and degradation in…

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  • THE RAVEN

Is there dramatic irony in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven?”

Yes, there is dramatic irony in “The Raven.” Dramatic irony is a situation where the characters in the story do not know what is going on, but the audience (or the readers, in the case of…

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  • HOOT

Where did the owl land? How did this affect the upcoming events?

This question probably refers to chapter 20 of Hoot. In this chapter, the day of the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Mother Paula’s All-American House of Pancakes has arrived. Roy and Beatrice…

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  • HISTORY

What is one of the most important differences between a democratic republic and the British…

In short, the British government at the time of the American Revolution was not at all democratic. The British government operated according to what they called the English “constitution,” shaped…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

At the end of stave 4, Scrooge promises to honor Christmas all year. How does Scrooge see this as…

At the end of all his encounters with the spirits of Christmas, Scrooge realizes that it will take more than just celebrating Christmas in December to change his life (and his heart). He will take…

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  • MACBETH

What changes are seen in Lady Macbeth in act 3 scene 2?

In Act 3, scene 2 of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth begin to be afraid and unhappy about Macbeth’s murder of Duncan. She says at the beginning of the scene: “Naught’s had, all’s spent/Where our…

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  • HISTORY

Which kind of government did Voltaire prefer?

Voltaire expressed admiration for different kinds of government at different points in his life. In his Philosophical Letters, for example, written after a sojourn in England, he claimed that the…

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  • LAW AND POLITICS

Please help me to understand what this quote from Tocqueville means. “The sovereignty of the…

Let us start by taking this bit by bit and explaining each bit. “The sovereignty of the people” means the power of the people to rule. A sovereign is the person that is the highest authority…

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  • SCIENCE

During a phase change, the temperature of a substance is what?

During a phase change, the temperature of a substance remains constant. We commonly observe phase changes from solid to liquid, such as the melting of ice. Liquid to gas phase changes are also…

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  • THE MONKEY’S PAW

In “The Monkey’s Paw,” why is Morris so afraid after he makes his third wish upon the monkey’s…

Unless I am mistaken, you did not mean “Morris” in your question but Mr. White. Sergeant-Major Morris made three wishes while he was in India, but he does not seem afraid in the story, only…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

In The Crucible, what news does Susanna bring from the doctor?

When Susanna arrives at Reverend Parris’s house from speaking with Dr. Griggs, she tells Parris that the doctor “cannot discover no medicine” for Betty’s strange malady in his medical books. When…

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  • THANK YOU, M’AM

What does the quote, “You ought to be my son. I would teach you right from wrong. Least I can do…

Langston Hughes’ short story “Thank You, M’am” is about a large, strong willed woman named Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones who apprehends a young thief named Roger as he attempts to steal…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Describe Fred’s personality in A Christmas Carol.

In Stave Three, the Spirit of Christmas Present takes Scrooge to a house where he hears the contagious laugh of his nephew Fred, and he finds himself in a bright, warm room occupied by happy people…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

Why does Tom love Daisy and not Myrtle?

Tom loves Daisy and not Myrtle because Daisy belongs to the same social class as him. While she might not come from as much money, as Nick makes sure the audience knows that Tom is filthy wealthy…

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  • THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

How does Anne Frank show the mood of anxiety through the dialog between Mr. and Mrs. Van Daan in…

Since Anne gives us an account of the daily interaction of the men and women of the annex, there is no verbatim re-telling of any dialogue, per se. What we do get, however, is a summary of how the…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What symbolizes Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird?

The ham costume that Scout is forced to wear during the Maycomb pageant is symbolic of several character traits. Scout looks funny in her ham costume, and it can be viewed as a symbol of her sense…

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  • SCIENCE

what do meteorologists use to measure the climate of a area?

Climate is not the same as weather. Weather refers to the atmospheric condition at a specific period of time. Sunny, rainy, windy, and cloudy are terms that describe weather. Thermometers,…

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  • SCIENCE

What do meteorologist use to measure the climate of a area?

Meteorologists use several instruments to measure climate conditions in a particular area. The thermometer is used to measure the temperature, from the highest high to the lowest low, so as to…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

How does the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird play a character in the story?

The setting of a story can become a “symbolic” character when the time and place of the setting influences events in the book as well as actions and beliefs of characters. It is as if the…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

What is an example of a pathetic fallacy that shows fear in Golding’s Lord of the Flies?

The word “pathetic” is often, hastily, interpreted as a value judgment, implying that something is weak or inferior, mostly because this is the way the word is commonly used in language today….

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What objects symbolize Scout Finch in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird?

In To Kill a Mockingbird, one object author Harper Lee uses to symbolize Scout Finch is her overalls.By Chapter 9, we learn that Scout’s Aunt Alexandra is very disturbed by the fact that Scout is a…

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  • SCIENCE

What is the difference between a dehydration synthesis reaction and a hydrolysis reaction?

Knowing the meaning of word-parts within each term will help in identifying their meanings. The term “synthesis” means “to make”. The prefix “de” means “the removal of”. Finally,…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What causes Juliet to have so much difficulty finally understanding that Tybalt has been killed…

Juliet first hears that Tybalt has been killed from her Nurse and then her mother. She mourns quite loudly for him until she learns that Romeo is the murderer. Her crying immediately stops and…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

Why do the conspirators want Brutus to join them?

When the play opens, it is only Cassius who shows how much he wants Brutus to become a part of the conspiracy he is trying to organize. Without Cassius there might never have been a conspiracy. He…

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  • THE AWAKENING

What awakenings does Edna go through in the book The Awakening?

In Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, her protagonist, Edna goes through many different awakenings. In the beginning of the story, she experiences feelings that she cannot quite understand or…

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  • THE COLD EQUATIONS

What are some of the important literary techniques Tom Godwin uses in “The Cold Equations”?

One of the most important literary techniques, also called literary devices, found in Tom Godwin’s short story “The Cold Equations” is imagery. Imagery is used to create mental pictures within a…

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  • THE GIVER

What are good and bad things about Jonas’ family?

This is such a good question! We tend to think that everything in The Giver is bad, but that is a hasty judgement. Jonas’ family is good because it provides him with a stable home environment….

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  • BEOWULF

Why does Beowulf slay Grendel?

Beowulf doesn’t really announce a specific reason for his intention to slay Grendel. The tone of the poem, and the manner in which the author regards Grendel (calling him hellspawn and a descendant…

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  • ARTS

I want to know, what is the analogy of The Lottery? 1 image

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson is the story of an average, small American town and the unusual tradition that they keep: that of stoning one townsperson to death every summer. When the story was…

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  • HISTORY

What strategies did the Americans use in fighting the Battle of Bunker Hill? Why was it…

The American strategy at the Battle of Bunker Hill was one of trying to use the advantage of being on top of the hill to control the British advance up the hill. The colonists knew they were in a…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

How do I come up with a good thesis statement for the book The Great Gatsby?

  1. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby has many significant themes, characters, conflicts, symbols, and other elements that contribute to its quality. Writing a good thesis statement for the…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Why doesn’t Scrooge like Christmas in A Christmas Carol?

Scrooge does not like Christmas because he has many negative memories associated with it. When Scrooge is talking to Fred and the men collecting for charity, he tells them all kinds of reasons why…

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  • THE DEVIL AND TOM WALKER

What do you know about Tom Walker?

In “The Devil and Tom Walker”, Tom Walker is widely know for being a stingy and greedy man. The narrator describes Tom as being so stingy that he and his wife try to deny each other food. Tom…

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  • HISTORY

Where was the Renaissance and who was involved?

The Renaissance was a cultural movement which began in the late-fourteenth century and lasted until the 1600s. This movement began in the city-states of Italy where scholars and artists…

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  • LYDDIE

In chapter 11 of Lyddie, what are some of the reasons that Lyddie should or shouldn’t attend the…

Even though Diana is going on vacation during the month of July, she still recommends to Lyddie that she attend the mass meeting of the ten-hour movement. Diana is a representative of the Female…

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  • RULES OF THE GAME

At the end of the story, Meimei considers her “next move.” What move would you make if you were…

If I were Meimei, I would realize when I have lost. I would reason that a part of knowing the art of invisible strength is knowing when it is futile to fight anymore. In light of this, I would…

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  • THE ROAD

What is a significant major event in the book ‘The Road’ by American novelist Cormac McCarthy?

A significant major event in the book ‘The Road’ by American novelist Cormac McCarthy is the discovery by the man and his young son of a group of people who have resorted to cannibalism to survive….

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  • HISTORY

List the reasons the US went to war against Britain in the War of 1812.

The United States went to war against Great Britain in 1812 for the following reasons: the belief (not entirely incorrect) that the British government was supporting, even encouraging, Native…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What are some quotes that portray Tom’s innocence in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

Throughout the novel, Tom Robinson is portrayed as an innocent individual who becomes a victim of racial injustice. There are several quotes throughout the novel that portray his innocence. While…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

In A Christmas Carol, what does “offal” mean?

Your question refers to a description of the setting in chapter four when the Ghost of Christmas Future takes Ebeneezer Scrooge to view a future scene in a sort of pawnshop, where Scrooge’s former…

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  • SCIENCE

What is the solar system?

Solar system is composed (primarily) of Sun and a number of planets that revolve around it. These planets include (in order of distance from Sun), Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn,…

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  • SEEDFOLKS

When Amir reminds a fellow gardener that she once called him a “dirty foreigner,” she replies,…

In the book, Amir tells of the time an old Italian woman had complained about receiving the wrong change at his store. Because of her prejudice against foreigners, the woman likely believed that…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What quotes and details from To Kill a Mockingbird relate to The Great Depression and the stock…

In chapter 2, Scout remembers that she asked Atticus once if they were poor. He says that they are, but Jem asks if they are as poor as the Cunninghams. Atticus responds by saying, “Not exactly….

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  • SONG OF MYSELF

What are some examples of metaphor in the poem “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman?

There are almost countless examples of metaphor in Walt Whitman’s long poem, “Song of Myself.” Indeed, even if you were to narrow your options down to a single image – the central leaf of grass,…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

What simile in the paragraph beginning with “When they met again two days later …” creates…

This section of the book recounts when Gatsby first meets Daisy, while he is stationed at Camp Taylor during World War I. A great deal of this recounting focuses on the great class divide between…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

What is it like to be in the Crachit family in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens?

In A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Bob Cratchit works for Ebenezer Scrooge. Scrooge makes Bob work long hours but pays him little. The Cratchits therefore, are very poor. They often do not…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

In the story A Christmas Carol, why are Caroline and her husband relieved to hear about Scrooge’s…

As Scrooge tours various scenes with the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, he sees varied negative reactions to his own death. Former servants of his sell his belongings at a pawn shop and…

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