What is the author’s message in “The Twenty-one Balloons”?

What is the author’s message in “The Twenty-one Balloons”?

  • THE TWENTY-ONE BALLOONS

What is the author’s message in “The Twenty-one Balloons”?

Pene du Bois published this book in 1947, so long ago that we might have a difficult time understanding the context in which he wrote. One idea that comes to mind is that he was poking fun at…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

In Julius Caesar, why is Brutus so affected by Portia’s death?

Brutus is profoundly affected by Portia’s death. Theirs had been a loving marriage. When he was struggling with idea of joining the conspiracy to assassinate Caesar, Brutus had tried to keep his…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

Cassius: Of your philosophy you make no use If you give place to accidental evils. What…

The philosophy that Cassius refers to in his conversation with Brutus in Julius Caesar Act IV Scene 3 is Stoicism. The Stoic philosophy held that a virtuous person would be happy whatever happened…

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  • BEOWULF

What did Beowulf give the king as a gift?

It depends on which king you’re asking about. After the defeat of Grendel’s mother, Beowulf presented Hrothgar with Grendel’s head and the hilt of the sword with which he killed Grendel’s mother….

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

In Act IV Scene iii, lines 107-123 how do Brutus and Cassius reconcile? In what ways is Brutus…

In this part of Scene III, Brutus comes to Cassius expressing his regret at being too hasty in his words. Brutus first tells Cassius to “[b]e angry when you will, it shall have scope”(l.108),…

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  • HAMLET

In “Hamlet,” what is Prince Hamlet thinking before he goes to talk to Ophelia?When Hamlet is…

Hamlet has been very disturbed by his meeting with the ghost. He is unsure what to do and (possibly quite rightly) mistrusts the ghost who he feels may be a ‘goblin damned’ or something sent in a…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

What is it in Dallas that appeals to Cherry? Is it common that girls fall for guys like Dallas?…

It is obvious that Cherry prefers “bad boys,” since she is dating Bob Sheldon (the most violent of the Socs) and she is immediately attracted to Dallas Winston (the most “dangerous” and criminally…

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  • MACBETH

Who is to blame for the killing of King Duncan? Is it the witches, Lady Macbeth, or Macbeth himself?

Macbeth is to blame for the death of King Duncan, however he is influenced by the witches and his wife, Lady Macbeth. In order to understand Macbeth’s guilt and his role in the murder, you must…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

In “Julius Caesar”, do you think the advice that Cassius gives to Brutus is practical? Why or…

Given the circumstances, the advice that Cassius gives to Brutus at the beginning of Act IV, Scene 3 of Julius Caesar is probably the most practical course of action for them both in the…

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  • ANTIGONE

In the Greek play “Antigone”, why does Ismene plead Antigone not to defy Creon.

Ismene, Antigone’s sister reminds her that they are both only women, and therefore, they are powerless in their society. Although the society was a democracy, it was liminted to men, women had no…

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  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Can anyone tell me what the central theme of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s speech he wrote regarding “The…

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s speech regarding The Fugitive Slave Act was delievered in accordance with his transcendalist beliefs. The Transcendalist Philosophy fostered the idea that American society…

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  • AN OCCURRENCE AT OWL CREEK BRIDGE

What is the exposition, rising action, turning point, falling action, and denouement of “An…

The external structure of this story, with its division into three parts, is complicated. Because the events do no unfold in chronological order, the exposition-through-denouement pattern is also…

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  • OTHELLO

What techniques does Shakespeare use in the opening scenes of Othello to grab the interest of the…

In Scene 1, the audience discovers from Roderigo and Iago’s conversation that Iago hates Othello in part because Iago has been passed over by Othello for a position of power which was given instead…

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  • THE PEARL

In The Pearl, essentially, Steinbeck has Kino and Juana return to La Paz in order to…

Essentially, Steinbeck has Kino and Juana return to La Paz in order to b. perform a symbolic act. Kino and Juana return to La Paz to throw the great pearl away into the sea. The pearl, which…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird, how do Scout’s words at the jailhouse cause Walter Cunningham, Sr., to…

Cunningham comes to the jail as part of a lynch mob rather than as an individual acting alone. When Scout singles him out and talks to him with such open friendliness, she reminds him who he really…

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  • CINEMA

Has anyone watched the film Journey to Mecca? What message is the movie is trying to get across?

This is a straightforward combination of documentary and dramatic recreations which present the journey of the 14th century traveler Ibn Batutta from Tangier (Morocco) to Mecca in Saudi Arabia (a…

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  • JAWS

In the movie jaws how is the music the connected to the shark and how is the music or silence is…

I think we have to look at the theme of the shark’s pursuit to find out how music is reflective of the shark’s terror. The alternating lower chords, first slow, then in an accelerating pattern…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What are some character traits for Juliet and examples?Example: Juliet is loyal because she…

You might want to focus on concrete details first before you go on to make judgements about Juliet’s character. Also, what I suggest you do is focus on how her character changes throughout the play…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

Where does one with unique points of view standby the rest of the society in “The Crucible”? How…

In The Crucible, different points of view are rejected as evidenced by John Proctor’s arrest for witchcraft and his execution at the end of the play. In Act I, Proctor is determined to stay out of…

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  • BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA

How does Jess get to know Leslie’s father in Chapter 7 of Bridge to Terabithia?

Jess gets to know Leslie’s father by volunteering to help fix up their house. By working alongside him and spending time with him and Leslie, Jess gets to know what Bill Burke is really like….

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  • SHADOWLANDS

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet how does the appearance of the ghost to the guards influence the course…

The appearance of any ghost in Shakespeare means that something very unnatural has taken place and the great chain of being is somehow off kilter. When the ghost appears to Marcellus and Horatio,…

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  • MACBETH

Macduff becomes a divine avenging angle to salvage Scotland of the evil of the tyrant. Discuss.

Macduff does become a divine avenging angel, saving Scotland from the tyrant Macbeth, particularly because he is identified by the witches as being able to kill Macbeth. Macduff is very suspicious…

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  • MACBETH

How does Macbeth’s fantasy of the dagger influence Macbeth and drive him on to assassinate Duncan?

Perhaps that hallucination appears to him as a guide or a signal. In his soliloquy here he speaks to it directly at first asking if it is real or fake, and then asking it if it was leading him to…

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  • ESSAY LAB

I need to write an introduction for an autobiography. How can I do that? I need to write an…

When you are writing an autobiography as a class assignment, you do not have enough time and space to include every aspect of your life to date. This means that you are probably best off choosing…

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  • ODOUR OF CHRYSANTHEMUMS

In the story “Odour of Chrysanthemums,” how was the relationship between the husband and wife…

It is obvious that in this story the chrysanthemum’s assume a symbolic significance as they are a key image that runs throughout the story. We are told that Elizabeth Bates associates the smell of…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What was the black community in Maycomb county like?in an essay form.it has to be long

The black community of Maycomb county was probably stratified much as the white community was. There were the “church going” black people, and the housekeepers for the “good” families in Maycomb…

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  • HAMLET

Comment in one sentence on what you think is the significance of Act 1 of Hamlet. What would the…

[Quite a tall order for one sentence! Let me give it a try . . . ] Although it is true that some of the dialogue within the first part of Act 1 seems extraneous, Shakespeare (a master at his…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

What is conservation?definition

Function:noun Etymology:Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin conservation-, conservatio, from conservareDate:14th century — con·ser·va·tion·al -shnəl, -shə-nəl adjective…

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  • MATH

How do you do a comparitive study of distance ,speed time and fares charged for trains…

I am not completely clear on the specific question here, but it seems to me that using a triple bar graph or line graph would be the easiest thing to do. Although I do not see the need for both…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

Is this a good concrete detail for a syntax paragraph on Antony’s funeral speech in Julius…

Are you analyzing Antony’s use of syntax? If so, the first part of your sentence is good as it relates to syntax. The sentence as a whole is confusing. If you want to discuss Antony’s use of…

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  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

In what ways does Shakespeare differentiate his rustic tradesmen from the aristocrats?

Very good question. You will want to consider how Shakespeare juxtaposes the action of Act I scene 1 with Act I Scene 2. The former centres on the action of the nobles, who speak in verse and very…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

Discuss the fragility of civilization against the destructive powers of fear as evident in “Lord…

The fear that is present in the novel centres around the “Beast” that the boys imagine. It is interesting that the Beast when it first appears is treated with scepticism, apart from the litluns….

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

Discuss Romeo’s overtures towards Rosaline in the opening scene of Romeo and Juliet.

What a great way to describe Romeo’s words in the first scene as “overtures”! That, my friend, is truly what they are. They form a perfect precursor to Romeo’s exposition and prove him to be…

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  • BRAVE NEW WORLD

Can you see the tendency that we get identical today?Can you see the tendency that we get…

There are many similarities between our world and BNW. I think the most interesting is the use of propaganda to control our thinking. In BNW they have the mythical “hypnopedia” which repeats…

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  • BRAVE NEW WORLD

Do you think Huxley’s theme “Mass entertainment” is also current today?Do you think Huxley’s…

One of the things that makes this book a classic is that even though it was written in 1931, its themes and satire still resonate today. Huxley wrote about the “feelies”, movies that appealed to…

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  • BRAVE NEW WORLD

Do you think the theme “misuse of science” is also up to date today? Thanks a lot.Do you think…

This question is always up to date. There are two important distinctions in the concept of science: theoretical and practical. The theoretical deals with studies of the principals of science;…

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  • BRAVE NEW WORLD

Hello I have soon an oral examen about BNW. Our teacher like to ask to make a connection with the…

In a foreword to his novel, Huxley states his theme: the theme of Brave New World is not the advancement of science as such; it is the advancement of science as it affects human individuals….

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  • MATH

Calculate artag(1-i)

To find the argument of the complex number 1-i you need to transform the given rectangular form into the polar form. You need to remember how to transform the rectangular form of a complex number z…

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  • ANTIGONE

What is Eurydice’s role in Antigone and is her presence essential to the story?

Eurydice’s role in the play as Creon’s wife and Haimon’s mother is essential in the story because her death completes the fulfillment of Teiresias’ prophecy. Shortly before the play’s conclusion,…

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  • THE SUN RISING

Who first published “The Rising Sun” (otherwise know as “The Sun Rising”) by John Donne?

The poem you mention, usually called “The Sun Rising,” was published by John Donne’s son (also named John) in 1633 (after the poet’s death). “The Sun Rising” along with many other of Donne’s poems…

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  • 1984

Is the class of someone predetermined, or are you selected to be a party member?

Class placement is determined by ability; it is not predetermined. The only members of society without the ability to advance socially are the proles; any proles that are noticed to be intelligent…

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  • MACBETH

In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, why is Macbeth a tragic hero?

Shakespeare’s tragic heroes have certain circumstances and personal qualities in common. They are all men of power and high social status, well respected by others. However, each has a character…

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  • FRANKENSTEIN

Is the monster in mary shelley’s frankenstein a man vs. man, man vs. self, or man vs. nature…

I’d suggest a slightly different category: man vs. society. I don’t know why this doesn’t get more play. The creature represents a fully grown “natural” man without any “nurture” to explain his…

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  • SCIENCE

To what extent does nature (biology) influence our actions, and to what extent does nuture…

This is a classic argument in biology. Is DNA (nature) more important to the final product or is nurture (environment)? The answer is easy at the extremes. For example, someone who is 3’6″ will…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

I need two quotes about unrequited love in Romeo and Juliet. Please also explain their…

There are two examples of unrequited love in Romeo and Juliet: Juliet does not reciprocate the love Paris feels for her, and Rosaline does not love Romeo. Firstly, Juliet refuses to marry Paris…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

In act 3 scene 2 of “Romeo and Juliet,” what are the 3 reasons that Friar Lawernce gives to Romeo…

In torment, Romeo arrives at the cell of Friar Lawrence, after the Prince has pronounced banishment upon him in the third act of “Romeo and Juliet.” However, the Friar reminds Romeo that the…

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  • NIGHT

How does Elie help his father when the selection is made at Gliewitz in Night?

This moment comes after an intense march to the camp. All the prisoners have been made to run non-stop. None of them know how long they’ve been moving; they only know if they stop they will be…

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  • MACBETH

Do you think that Macbeth understands his doom, and that his fate was revealed by his own…

I think that towards the end of the play, he is aware of his own impending doom. When he delivers his “Full of Sound and Fury” soliloquy, I always read that as an acquiescence of understanding how…

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  • MACBETH

In Macbeth, how does Duncan describe Macbeth?

In his short span of life within the play, Duncan describes Macbeth as “worthy” in many ways, heaping praise on the new Thane of Cawdor. Interestingly enough, Duncan admits that he mistakenly…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird, what is the irony between the missionary circle and Tom Robinson’s death?

The ladies of the Missionary Circle, especially Mrs. Merriweather, see themselves as “good Christians” as they commiserate over the poor plight of the Mrunas, a native people who live in a jungle…

 


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