What is the historical context of the book To Kill a Mockingbird?

What is the historical context of the book To Kill a Mockingbird?

  • SCIENCE

What are seven innovative ideas to make energy at home more efficient?

There are many changes that can be made to a home to make it more energy efficient. I have listed the 7 most innovative ideas below: Plant trees on your property to provide shade and block out the…

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  • THE WEDNESDAY WARS

In the book The Wednesday Wars, what is the climax of the chapter titled “November?”

A climax is the culmination of action—the most intense, exciting, or important part. It usually comes near the end of the book or chapter. Let’s take a look at some of the things that happen in…

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  • THE OPEN WINDOW

What is ironic about Framton Nuttel’s situation at the beginning of Saki’s “The Open Window”?

Framton Nuttel goes to the country in order to help treat his nervous condition. The point of getting away from his life, and possibly the city or his job, is so that he can be at peace and remain…

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  • A SEPARATE PEACE

Gene, from A Separate Peace, believes Blitzball is a perfect game for Finny. Explain how the…

Blitzball is played with a heavy medicine ball outdoors. The person with the ball is chased by others until the ball is passed. If the group catches up to the person with the ball before he passes…

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  • THE LION AND THE JEWEL

What are three features of Lakunle’s vision for his village? Why does he believe they would make…

In the third act of the play, Lakunle explains his vision for the future of Ilujinle to Sadiku. Lakunle begins by saying the bride-price would be abolished and women would take their place next to…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In The Lord of the Flies, does the importance of the fire change?

When the boys first light the fire, it is intended as a signal. Ralph, representing the more rational and rule-bound faction of the boys, sets up shifts and tries to organize the boys so that there…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In Chapter 7 of The Lord of the Flies, why does Ralph ask Jack why he hates him?

At this point in the story, as Jack and Ralph work their way towards the mountain to investigate, there is a battle over leadership. It is subtle but intense as Jack and Ralph basically try to…

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  • THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

In “The Pit and the Pendulum,” what hope does the prisoner have of escaping and why is this hope…

“The Pit and the Pendulum” is a tale of the torture of a prisoner in Toledo, Spain, during the Inquisition. When the story opens, he has already been tortured so that he is “sick unto death with…

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  • THE SCARLET IBIS

Describe the state of mind or physical characteristics of how the term paralyzed is used in the…

There are several instances of symbolic and physical paralysis in the story, “The Scarlet Ibis”. The first example is of physical paralysis experienced by Doodle. Doodle was born unable to…

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  • SEEDFOLKS

In which simile does Paul Fleischman use teenagers as a part of the comparison? Explain the…

The simile you are referencing can be found on page one hundred and one of Paul Fleischman’s novel Seedfolks. Immediately following Florence’s character vignette is a section of the book called…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

How does the book To Kill a Mockingbird convey that Atticus is a good parent?

The book shows that Atticus is good parent in a number of ways. First, we should point out that Atticus is a single parent. His wife passed away. In light of this, we can say that Atticus’ job as…

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  • THE STORY OF MY LIFE

Give the character sketch of chapter 21 of The Story of my Life.

In chapter 21 of The Story of My Life by Helen Keller, Helen who was struck down by an illness that left her blind and deaf at the age of only nineteen months, talks about her “book friends.” She…

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  • MACBETH

Why does Macbeth end with a gray overcast day?

Macbeth begins with thunder and lightning, bad weather upon the heath, but there is no mention of the weather when it ends. It begins thus to set the mood for the evil supernatural forces which…

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  • THE SCARLET IBIS

What are some ways the narrator is innocent in the short story, “The Scarlet Ibis”?

The narrator, Brother, is a child during much of the action in “The Scarlet Ibis”, and as a child, doesn’t understand the magnitude of his actions in pushing Doodle to his physical limit….

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  • OKAY FOR NOW

What characters do the birds resemble in the chapters of Gary Schmidt’s Okay for Now?

In the opening chapter of Gary Schmidt’s Okay for Now, what stands out for Doug in the Audubon plate titled the Arctic Tern is the “round and terrified eye.” Because of the terror in the bird’s…

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  • THE PEDESTRIAN

The text of “The Pedestrian” says that in ten years Mead has never met another person walking….

To try to answer this question, simply imagine what it would say about your town or city if you could walk “ten years, by night or day, for thousands of miles” without ever once meeting someone…

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  • THE LAST LECTURE

How does Randy help others achieve their dreams in The Last Lecture?

In The Last Lecture, Randy describes how people should live their lives. This can help them achieve their dreams. Initially, Randy struggles to define the purpose of his lecture. After some time,…

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  • CHARLES

How does Shirley Jackson use irony in the story “Charles”?

Dramatic irony is used in Shirley Jackson’s “Charles” as the mother/narrator never suspects that the poorly-behaved boy about whom her son speaks is, in actuality, her own child, Laurie while…

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  • THE SLAVE DANCER

What is Mrs. Bollier’s (Jessie’s mother’s) personality in The Slave Dancer?

Great question! In the book The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, Jessie’s mother (Mrs. Bollier) has an admirable personality. In the book, many qualities of her personality are revealed, such as being…

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  • THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

List 3 alliterations, 2 personifications and 1 simile from the story “The Most Dangerous Game.”

A simile is a literary device in which an author describes a thing by comparing it to another thing. In a simile, the author does this by saying that the one thing is “like” the other things….

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  • GATHERING BLUE

What is a symbol for expectations in Gathering Blue?

There are three powerful symbols of expectation in Gathering Blue. Kira and Thomas, the artists, each have a job that entails recording the future. Kira, the Threader of the Singer’s robe, will…

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  • THINGS FALL APART

What is the theme of chapter 9 of Things Fall Apart?

The theme of chapter nine in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is the relationship between Okonkwo and his second wife Ekwefi and their only surviving child, Ezinma. Indeed, this chapter details…

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  • BEOWULF

Compare and contrast the characters of Beowulf and Grendel.

It’s a lot easier to contrast the characters of Beowulf and Grendel than it is to compare them, so let’s do the hard part first and look at how they are similar (comparison). Beowulf and Grendel…

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  • HARRISON BERGERON

How does the society in “Harrison Bergeron” affect the thoughts and reactions of the people?

In “Harrison Bergeron,” the government refuses to allow citizens to have original thoughts and prohibits their reactions to certain incidents in order to possess autocratic authority over everyone….

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  • HARRISON BERGERON

Describe how George’s handicaps affect him physically?

George’s handicaps affect him physically because he’s forced to wear a bag filled with 47 pounds of birdshot, which tires him out, and he has a mental handicap placed in his ear that, while it…

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  • HARRISON BERGERON

Why are there no handicaps imposed upon Hazel in Harrison Bergeron?

There are no handicaps on Hazel because she represents society’s lowest common denominator. Everyone in the society needs to be handicapped in order for people like Hazel not to feel inferior. In…

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  • TUCK EVERLASTING

What are 5 different conflicts that happened in Tuck Everlasting?

One conflict in Tuck Everlasting is the conflict between Winnie and her parents. Winnie’s parents are perfect examples of overprotective, hovering parents. They give her no space at all. That’s…

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  • REPENT, HARLEQUIN! SAID THE TICKTOCKMAN

Who is the TickTockman? Is he just the timekeeper or is he something more?

The dystopian world in Harlan Ellison’s short story “’Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” is one in which time is so regimented that acting in a way to disrupt the timing of anything…

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  • PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS: THE LIGHTNING THIEF

How do Percy’s experiences in Chapter 8 align with the hero’s journey?

The basic structure of most mythological or fantasy stories retains certain elements essential to the hero’s journey. These elements are retained despite slight variances. To that end, the story…

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  • CHAINS

What is the lie that Madam told Isabel on pages 65 though 85?

The lie that Madam Lockton tells Isabel is about Ruth. Madam Lockton tells Isabel that she has sold Ruth to a physician in Nevis. Madam Lockton had already threatened Isabel that she would sell…

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  • EVERYDAY USE

In Everyday Use, according to Mama, how are Dee and Maggie different?

Maggie is “homely,” shy, and has scars from her burns. Dee is lighter, “with nicer hair and a fuller figure.” Maggie looks at Dee with “envy and awe.” Maggie feels that life has always been easier…

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  • THE OPEN WINDOW

What is one thing the author is trying to say in “The Open Window”?

Framton Nuttel is a neurotic. He has been advised by several London doctors to get away from the stressful city and relax in the peaceful English countryside. This was about all, besides an ocean…

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  • THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND

What is Kit’s reaction to Wethersfield in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

When Kit pictured her new home of Wethersfield, she expected to arrive in an established and civilized town. Instead, Kit finds clusters of shabby wooden houses and muddy streets. She sees a “row…

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  • OEDIPUS REX

Tiresias accuses Oedipus of being his “own worst enemy.” To what extent may Oedipus be held…

The question of personal responsibility for one’s divinely predicted destiny stands at the (complex) heart of this play. Oedipus acts according to his own nature in the play. He is brilliant, but…

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  • THOMAS MOORE

How does the concept of Utopia appear in literature?

The most critical note someone can make about the concept of Utopia throughout literature is expressed clearly in Thomas More’s novel. This is the note that Utopia exists only in the mind, and…

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  • MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Were Borachio and Conrade trustworthy in the play?

Borachio and Conrade work with Don John to slander Hero and spoil Don Pedro’s festivities, so they are not trustworthy characters. However, they might not be quite as malevolent as Don John….

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

Why did Ponyboy turn to Dally for help?

After Johnny killed Bob (the Soc) in the park, the pair turned to Dallas “Dally” Winston for help because they wanted to get a gun, some money and a needed a plan. Dally was known to be involved…

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  • DULCE ET DECORUM EST

What is the situation or event described in the poem “Dulce et Decorum Est?”

Wilfred Owen’s “Dulce et Decorum Est” recounts a death scene from World War I. It begins by describing downtrodden, ill World War I soldiers trudging to find a place to rest. They march covered…

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  • LONDON

Why does blake call his poem ‘London?’ Do you think his thoughts are confined to London only?…

William Blake, born in 1757, came of age at the outset of the Industrial Revolution (roughly 1760 to 1820), which was marked by an unprecedented population increase, a drop in living conditions for…

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  • JAMES THURBER

What kind of person was James Thurber?

One of America’s most highly regarded humorists, James Thurber achieved much success as both a writer and a cartoonist. His humor was unique in that it was simultaneously funny and serious….

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  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

What are the things that induced Pip to have his great expectations?

It is his shame at the hands of Estella, and his eventual infatuation with her, that induce Pip to have great expectations in his own mind. His gift of food and a file to Magwitch impress the…

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  • THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

Based on the conversation between Montresor and Fortunato, what can you infer about each of their…

If we only look at what is said in their conversation, then we can infer that Montresor is a loyal friend and Fortunato is proud and stubborn. With Montresor’s additional narration, we infer that…

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  • THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

How does Mark Twain use exaggeration in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? Can you provide an…

In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain often uses exaggeration in the narrative to create a humorous and satirical effect. Often, exaggeration can serve the purposes of satire, as it…

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  • BURIED ONIONS

What did Eddie’s aunt leave for him on the front of the porch in Gary Soto’s novel “Buried Onions”?

Eddie’s tía Dolores leaves him tortillas wrapped in a dish towel on the front porch of his apartment. Eddie grew up with Dolores and became close to her after his father’s death. She is the mother…

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  • HAMLET

Why did Hamlet pretend to be mad ?

In Act I Scene 5, Hamlet sees the ghost of his father, who tells him of when and how and by whom he was murdered. When he receives this revelation, his close friends Horatio and Marcellus see the…

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  • THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME

What external conflict is Rainsford confronted with?

First, Rainsford must swim to save his life. Then Rainsford must avoid being killed by Zaroff. This is the main external conflict. Using his skills and knowledge as a hunter/predator, Rainsford…

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  • THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER

In The Prince and the Pauper, how does John Canty react when Prince Edward first insists that he…

In The Prince and the Pauper, when the prince first tells John Canty that he is the Prince of Wales and not Tom, John’s son, John believes that the prince has gone mad. John states this very…

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  • OEDIPUS REX

In Sophocles’ The Oedipus Cycle what are some examples that show that a woman’s role is to help…

First, although Sophocles’ plays about Thebes are on related subjects, they are not actually a cycle; they were not written as a trilogy nor were they intended by Sophocles to be performed…

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  • THOMAS WOLFE

How could I write a critical review of “The Child by Tiger” by Thomas Wolfe?

Thomas Wolfe uses a number of literary devices to great effect in The Child By Tiger. The story begins with a reference to William Blake’s poem Tiger. By every indication, Wolfe’s protagonist, Dick…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What is the historical context of the book To Kill a Mockingbird?

Harper Lee’s novel is semi-biographical as the Finch family resembles her own. Atticus Finch, like her own father, is a liberal-minded attorney in the Jim Crow South in the Depression Era of the…

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