What is the role of blindness in the play Oedipus Rex?

What is the role of blindness in the play Oedipus Rex?

  • LAW AND POLITICS

Mapp v. Ohio case brief?

eNotes exists to help students better understand their assignments and better prepare for exams. We can put the student on the right path but cannot walk the path for the benefit of the student, so…

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  • RIKKI-TIKKI-TAVI

How do Rikki and Nag’s personalities compare in “Rikki-tikki-tavi”?

Rikki and Nag are both brave and stubborn. Rikki and Nag are both animals behaving instinctively. Rikki-tikki-tavi is a mongoose, and a mongoose kills snakes. Snakes kill birds and try to defend…

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  • THE LUMBER ROOM

Compare the gooseberry garden and the lumber room.

Both the gooseberry garden and the lumber room are forbidden territory in “The Lumber Room” by Saki. Due to being “in disgrace” Nicholas is told he is not to enter the gooseberry garden….

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  • OTHELLO

Discuss the significance of the handkerchief to the tragedy of Othello.

The handkerchief, or “napkin” as it is often called in the play, is a central plot device in Othello. Essentially, Iago uses the handkerchief to convince Othello that Desdemona has been unfaithful…

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  • THINGS FALL APART

Why do the men of Umuofia call a meeting at the beginning of Things Fall Apart?

At the beginning of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, the men of Umuofia are called together into a meeting in order to discuss how they should move forward after an Umuofian woman is murdered…

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  • HARRISON BERGERON

Why do you think the citizens went along with the decisions of the Handicapper General in…

The citizens go along with the rulers such as the Handicapper General because they live under a totalitarian government that forcibly exerts control over them. In addition to this forcible control…

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  • THE TELL-TALE HEART

What is the moral of a Tell Tale Heart?

The moral of “The Tell-Tale Heart” is that we should not commit crimes because, in the end, our own sense of guilt will expose us. In this story, the narrator takes cares of an elderly man but…

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  • A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

In A Midsummer-night’s Dream, what is Shakespeare suggesting about the nature and effects of love…

This is a huge question, one that underlies how we interpret this play. In the end, everything comes out all right, the correct lovers are reunited, and we enjoy a festive wedding celebration. If…

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  • HISTORY

Booker T Washington implied that political and social power cannot exist without economic power….

Here on eNotes, we cannot write essay responses for you. However, we can give you ideas about how to write your own essay responses. In this case, I will provide you with some arguments for each…

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  • SNAKE

Explain the use of personification in the poem “Snake.”

  1. H. Lawrence uses personification throughout his poem “Snake.” In order use this literary device he gives human qualities to the snake, and speaks about it as if it is a person. The narrator…

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  • THE EAGLE

What is the theme of the poem “The Eagle” by Alfred Lord Tennyson?

One of the prominent themes in this poem is that even the most majestic of creatures (including people) have limitations. In poetry and literature, the eagle is often a symbol for majesty, power,…

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  • AUNT GRANNY LITH

Compare and contrast the characteristics of several characters in “Aunt Granny Lith” by Chris…

In Chris Offutt’s “Aunt Granny Lith,” we find that some of the characters are similar to others, while a few have little in common. The story is about Beth, who is the third wife of Casey. Casey’s…

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  • ROMEO AND JULIET

What are secrets in Romeo and Juliet?

There are several examples of characters keeping secrets in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. All of the secrets, however, are well known to the audience. Shakespeare uses dramatic irony throughout…

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  • THE LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK

What historical, philosophical and religious paradigms influenced T.S. Eliot to write “The Love…

“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S. Eliot was first published in June 1915 issue of Poetry magazine. Although the narrative is that of a middle-aged man worried about whether he should…

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  • SCIENCE

What is an electron? Why does it have a negative charge?

Atoms are composed of tiny particles called subatomic particles. The three main subatomic particles in the atom are: Protons: Protons are positively charged and are located in the nucleus of the…

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  • SOCIAL SCIENCES

Is gerrymandering good or bad? Why?

This is, to some degree, a matter of opinion. My own view is that gerrymandering is a bad thing. I believe that it makes our political system more partisan and more divided. Gerrymandering is the…

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  • FAHRENHEIT 451

What is a character description of Clarisse McClellan in Fahrenheit 451?

Clarisse McClellan is an anachronism in the society of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 who disturbs the complacency of Guy Montag, causing him to question certain aspects of his life. Prior to his…

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  • THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER

How did Edgar Allan Poe use imagination in “The Fall of the House of Usher?”

Imagination is central to Poe’s story. First, the reader is invited to engage in Roderick Usher’s insistence that his home is a living and evil organism: He was enchained by certain superstitious…

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  • SCIENCE

What are pKa and pKb values? How is the pK value of any compound calculated?

The pKa and pKb values are measurements of the strengths of acids and bases respectively. The smaller the pKa value, the stronger the acid. Likewise, the smaller the pKb, the stronger the base. The…

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  • EYES ON THE PRIZE

I need a summary of Eyes on the Prize by Juan Williams.

Eyes on the Prize by Juan Williams started as a public television documentary created and aired in two parts on public television, both PBS in the United States and BBC in Britain. The first six…

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  • THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

From The Merchant of Venice, what would Portia’s advertisement seeking an ideal husband be like?

Portia’s advertisement seeking an ideal husband would be based on her own ideas and desires. In order to figure out what Portia is seeking in a husband, we need go no further than her conversations…

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  • A POISON TREE

What is the poem “A Poison Tree” mainly about?

Blake’s “The Poison Tree” from his Songs of Experience is about how nursing anger and hate corrodes our souls. The poem begins by stating that: I was angry with my friend/I told my wrath/My wrath…

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  • THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

Why was Montresor so intent on seeking revenge against Fortunato in “The Cask of Amontillado”?

Montresor wants revenge against Fortunato for some imaginary insult. It is important to remember that Montresor does not have a real reason for killing Fortunato. Montresor is a madman, and the…

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  • I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS

What do you like about this poem?

This question is asking for an opinion about Maya Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird.” This means you have to assess and analyze the poem to determine what you find appealing about it. Personally, I…

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  • MATH

Please answer this question for I have a test coming up. My question is: Q. Given that the…

Hello! Let’s write an equation of the straight line that goes through the given points (1, -1) and (2, 2). Then the third point must satisfy this equation. For two points (x1,x1, y1y1) and (x2,x2,…

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  • ESSAY LAB

I have to make a brochure for a school project. What topic should I write about?

In general, a brochure advertises a specific type of product or service. The more familiar you are with the product or service, the easier it will be for you to create a brochure that communicates…

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  • SCIENCE

I have a container that has CO2 in it. The root-mean-square speed of the gas is equal to 329 m/s….

1) The molar mass of CO2 = 12.1 g/mol + 2(16.0 g/mol) = 44.1 g/mol 2) Knowing the molar mass allows you to use the rms velocity equation to calculate temperature: rms=3RTM−−−−−√rms=3RTM Where R =…

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  • THE RANSOM OF RED CHIEF

In The Ransom of Red Chief, Bill and his friend would think several times before attempting…

The petty criminals Sam and Bill in O. Henry’s humorous story “The Ransom of Red Chief” bit off more than they could chew when they kidnapped Ebenezer Dorset’s son, a.k.a. Red Chief. The fact is,…

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  • LA BELLE DAME SANS MERCI

“La Belle Dame Sans Merci” is a poem which lends itself to varied interpretations. I need to…

Keats began working on his poem “La Belle Dame Sans Merci” in 1819. It consists of 12 quatrains rhymed ABCB. The first three lines of each stanza are written in iambic tetrameter and the fourth…

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  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune,…

Your instructor seems to be asking whether you consider this an effective opening. Obviously, only you can decide whether you found it effective and whether it tempted you to continue reading the…

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  • SCIENCE

Say I have a sphere that has a volume of 0.330 liters, contains 0.075 moles of an ideal gas and…

In this question, V = 0.330 l T = 293 K and n = 0.075 moles As you rightly stated, we can use the ideal gas law (PV = nRT) to determine the total pressure exerted by the gas on the container. And…

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  • MATH

Which is more economical when renting a vehicle? LG’s Rent a Car : Php 1500 per day plus Php 35…

It comes down to a question of kilometers traveled. If we restate Php as $, The comparison is LG: $1,500 + $35n Km vs. Rent and Drive: $2,000 +$25n Km. If we compare the two values as an equation…

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  • GILEAD
  1. Regarding the narrator and his brother Edward: How does John seem to feel about Edward’s…

In retrospect John seemed to feel confidently resolved about Edward’s atheism. He seems to be free of any conflict, certainly free of any animosity, about Edward’s embrace of atheism. Two of the…

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  • LITERATURE

What should I include as the rising action, climax, and falling action for the theme “school trip”?

If you are writing an original essay or story on the theme of a school trip, it can help to begin with outlining a plot diagram. Let’s start with the climax- this should be the most exciting or…

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  • LITERATURE

How do themes in literature help us to understand ourselves?

This is a very interesting question, and one with many implications. One answer that occurs to me, based upon something a writing teacher of mine (John Edgar Wideman, whose works are discussed…

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  • HISTORY

Although the proportions change among historians, it is generally agreed that the American…

At the outset of the American Revolution, Loyalists and Patriots both had compelling reasons for their beliefs. Loyalists believed that they were part of the British Empire and that remaining part…

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  • SCIENCE

If the momentum of an object is increased by four times, then what will be its final kinetic energy?

Momentum, or impulse (the change in momentum) of an object is its “quantity of motion.” It is defined as the product of the mass mm of an object and its velocity V.V. As such, momentum is actually…

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  • SCIENCE

How can I find the number of neutrons in an atom?

Knowing some basic information about the sub-atomic particles that make up an atom will help you determine the number of neutrons in different situations: 1. Protons have a positive charge, and…

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  • EMMA

Jane Austen takes the view-point of her heroines. Examine the validity of this statement with…

Jane Austen does not take the viewpoint of her heroine in the novel Emma. The novel is a comic study of point of view. The heroine, Emma, gets everything wrong. Austen tricks the reader into…

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  • LITERATURE

In The Shawshank Redemption, what symbol does Brooks’ pet bird, Jake, stand for?

Jake represents hope in The Shawshank Redemption. Brooks takes care of Jake as a baby bird. When we first see him, Jake lives in Brooks’ pocket and survives off of remnants of food. When Andy…

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  • IVANHOE

What was Walter Scott’s approach and what were the literary devices he used while writing his…

Walter Scott published Ivanhoe in 1820, partly in response to debates concerning the Habeas Corpus Suspension acts of 1817 and 1818 and the debates of the repeal of the Test and Corporation acts…

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  • AMERICAN LITERATURE IN THE 1960’S

I don’t know much about American literature in 1960s. I want to find some brief information about…

There were many different literary movements in the 1960s, some continuous with literary movements of the 1950s and some representing new approaches to form and subject matter. The Beat poets of…

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  • THE LOTTERY

What allusions, if any, are in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson?

The main allusion in “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is where Old Man Warner makes the statement, “Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon” (Jackson 3). Since the beginning of humanity, sacrifices…

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  • SCIENCE

Describe how Bowen’s reaction series affects the processes of partial melting and fractional…

Bowen’s reaction series was created by N. L. Bowen to describe how minerals are formed as magma heats and cools. Because minerals have different melting points, they can be found in rocks at…

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  • LITERATURE

How does literary theory direct literary criticism?

When writing literary criticism, or when writing any work that seeks to interpret and understand a work of literature, it is helpful to have an understanding of literary theory, also known as…

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  • THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

What are some of the character traits of the main characters in the novel The Boy In The Striped…

Bruno: Bruno is an adventurous young boy who wants to become an explorer when he gets older. Bruno is naive and doesn’t understand much about his current situation or environment. He is curious and…

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  • SOLDIER’S HOME

What is the resolution to Krebs’s conflict?

The resolution is when Hemingway’s anti-hero, Harold Krebs, who resolves his conflict by abandoning himself to his disillusionment, leaves home because he wants his life “to go smoothly.” After…

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  • THE BRONZE BOW

What prompted Daniel to lead the slave, and why did he later regret this?

When Rosh’s band attacks the passing merchant caravan and steals the slave, Joel has just come up to the mountain to get a glimpse of Rosh. Daniel introduces Rosh to Joel, and Rosh seems suitably…

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  • TECHNOLOGY

Does technological advancement justify exploitation?

This really depends on the type of technological advancement and the type of exploitation. Every situation is different and must be analyzed in terms of actual trade-offs. The Industrial…

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  • OEDIPUS REX

What is the role of blindness in the play Oedipus Rex?

Blindness is important in Oedipus Rex in both literal and symbolic ways. Perhaps the most horrifying literal portrayal of blindness in the play occurs in its ending, where Oedipus stumbles out from…

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