What is the significance of Mrs. Sparsit’s name in Hard Times?

# What is the significance of Mrs. Sparsit’s name in Hard Times?

• LAW AND POLITICS

What was the significance of Mapp v. Ohio?

The significance of this case was that it introduced what is called the “exclusionary rule” to the legal systems of the American states. (It had already existed on the federal level.) This is the…

• HARD TIMES

What is the significance of Mrs. Sparsit’s name in Hard Times?

You are right in identifying that Dickens uses names extremely interestingly to suggest aspects about his characters. Thomas Gragrind, for example, obviously suggests something about this character…

• LITERATURE

Which of these documents would cause more fuss if it were printed in your hometown newspaper and…

Hello, those are some very old and interesting documents you are talking about. The links you have provided don’t work, but I can comment based on my knowledge of the texts. If comments about…

• IN ANOTHER COUNTRY

Discuss the title of the short story “In Another Country.”

The title of Hemingway’s short story can be understood, of course, on a literal level first. The main character, a wounded American soldier in World War I, is not at home in the United States….

• MATH

What is x if 5sin^2x + 3sinxcosx + cos^2x = 3 ?

5sin^2x +3sinxcosx +cos^2x = 3. We know that sin^2x = 1-cos^2x. Therefore 5(1-cos^2x) +3sinx cosx + cos^2x = 3. 3sinx cosx = 5cos^2x- cos^2x +3-5 = 4cos^2x -2 3sinx cosx = 4cos^2x-2. We Square…

• LORD OF THE FLIES

For what reasons does Golding tell us that “The beast was harmless and horrible…” to Simon?For…

At this point in the story, I believe Golding tells us that the beast was both harmless and horrible to Simon because it is as this moment that Simon realizes that the beast is not real and so…

• MATH

Find the polar coordinates of the point (3^1/2,1), (1,-1), (-3^1/2,1).

The polar form of coordinates is given by (x , y) = (rcost , rsint), where r = sqrt(x^2+y^2), and t = arc tan (y/x) . (3^1/2 ,1): r = sqrt(3+1^2) = 2. t = arc tan (1/sqrt3) = 30 deg or pi/6…

• OEDIPUS REX

What elements or aspects of tragedy are common to both Romeo and Juliet and Oedipus Rex plays and…

To begin, we should first understand what makes a tragic hero; according to Aristotle, certain elements are needed: the main character must be noble or of high stature, the character has some…

• MATH

Solve the simultaneous equations 5^x + 7^y = 4 2*25^x + 2*49^y = 20

5^x + 7^x = 4 2*25^x + 2*49^y = 20 Rewrite: ==> 2*(5^x)^2 + 2*(7^y)^2 = 10 Let us assume that: u= 5^x and v = 7^x Now substitute: ==> u + v = 4 …………..(1) ==> 2u^2 + 2v^2 =…

• MATH

What is the area of the triangle formed by the origin with the pair of points (4,3) and (2,5) ?

Let O bet origin whose coordinates are (0,0). Let A(4,3) and B(2,5). It is required to find the area of the triangle OAB. We know that the area of the triangle formed by the three points (x,y1),…

• MATH

The abscisa of a point is -3 and its distance from the origin is 5. What is its ordinate?

Let us have the point P whose absissa is -3 and the distance fro the origin is 5. We required to find the ordinate of the point P. If ( x,y) are the absissa and oridinates of the point P , then…

• LITERATURE

Why does 20th century literature/art seem to regress into fantasy?Why does 20th century…

You will probably get a variety of opinions to your question and perhaps you might consider posting it to a discussion group. I will give you my opinion. Fantasy in literature and in art represents…

• JOHN DONNE

Describe the main characteristics of metaphysical poetry with special reference to Donne’s Good…

*The use of metaphyisical cconceits, i.e. a far-fetched and ingenious extended comparison which is very original and logical. *I deas often presented as a logical and persuasive argument. Usually…

• DRACULA

Here’s one: Which modern European country would Dracula be from? Another: After which real historical figure is the character Dracula patterned?

• HAMLET

Who is to blame for the play’s tragedies? Can Claudius be held responsible for all the sorrows…

It is interesting to consider blame or responsibility for events in a play like Hamlet. To my mind, the results of the events of a play should come directly from the choices made by the characters…

• MATH

Simplify: (1/(x+ 3)) + 2

To simplify (1/(x+3) +2. 1/(x+3) is a rational algebraic expression 2 or 2/1 is a rational number. To add both we should have a common denominator. We know that any rational number or rational…

• TEACHERS

Does anyone have an idea about a website that provides excellent lesson plan ideas?Does anyone…

Seeing that the question is about the very nature of finding lesson plans online, I would consider using the enotes lesson plan section of the site. I think that there might be a challenge in…

• SCIENCE

Can mass extinction be prevented?What are your feelings regarding mass extinction? Do you think…

As I understand it, we are already in the middle of a 6th mass extinction as habitat and such gets destroyed. However, I do not see where the extinction of life on Earth is at all likely. So far…

• MATH

I want to know how to find all the values of k for which the equation Ax=b has a unique solution…

The requirement is that the system equations represented by Ax = b have unique solution and conditions if any on value of k . This possible in case of a square matrix if all the 3 equations by…

• HALF A DAY

Would you agree that “school is the factory that makes useful men out of boys?” Explain.

I think that approaching any question in Mahfouz’s work, one has to be careful. Given the fact that the work is allegory, the approach to analyzing it has to be a bit more broad. It is almost as…

• MATH

Playing ball sports on the moon !What are some peculiarities of playing ball sports on the moon?

Basically, the two main differences are that the gravity on the moon is much lower and there is no atmosphere. Here’s a computer-simulated movie of what it would be like if astronauts played…

• JOHN KEATS

what is sensuousness

Sensuousness means something that has to do with our five senses. Sensuousness is that trait of poetry which influences our five senses i.e., hearing, seeing, touching, smelling and tasting….

• JULIUS CAESAR

How does Shakespeare present conflict in Julius Caesar?

Well, there is certainly lots of different examples of conflict to choose from! Really, this play is full of conflict, both internal and external, so you might want to think about picking one…

• SCIENCE

How is an ionic substance formed?

Ionic compounds are formed as the result of the formation of positive and negative ions. The atom which forms a positive ion loses electrons to the atom which gains electrons to form a…

• AS YOU LIKE IT

Support the claim that love at first sight is the main theme of the play As You Like It.

Shakespeare often has very different sorts of lovers in his comedies. Some fall in love at first sight, some fall in love over time, some fall in love while in disguise, and some seem never to…

• MATH

How do I show my students how to do algebra by using concrete materials?My students are in 9th…

I think for most students Algebra seems very abstract, they see no use for it in the real world. As a math teacher if you can give them specific examples of situations they will use the different…

• NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

In the coin toss scene, what does Chigurh have to say about fate and chance? What does the coin…

It’s one of my favorite scenes in the movie, and it reads well in the book also. The idea he presents is a powerful one, in that this coin he has in his pocket had traveled for twelve years to get…

• SOCIAL SCIENCES

When we get insulted why does it hurt?When we get insulted why does it hurt?

In my opinion, getting insulted hurts because insults make us feel insecure. If you think about it, someone cannot insult you by making fun of something you feel secure about. Insults only hurt…

• ROMEO AND JULIET

If you were Romeo or Juliet would you pursue a relationship?If you were Romeo…

Knowing what we know from the Prologue, I don’t think I would still pursue a relationship with either Romeo or Juliet if I were the other. Personally, I have great respect for my parents and their…

• THE CANTERBURY TALES

What methods do the pilgrims’ portraits in the prologue use to clue us in to the fact that people…

I’m going to assume you’re talking about the character descriptions in the prologue here. To best give an example of character appearance vs. inner character, I think you should look closely at the…

• THE FLEA

What kind of literary terms are represented in “The Flea?”

This poem is structured around juxtapositions, in particular the contrast between the microscopic flea and the bodies of the two lovers. Contrast in size is extended into contrast in importance, as…

• TO HIS COY MISTRESS

What are some examples of literary terms in this poem?

To answer your question, I’ll make a list of literary devices (literary terms) that Marvell used and how he used them. Rhyme: particularly end of line; the poem’s rhyme scheme is very easy to…

• HAMLET

Is Hamlet aware that he is being spied on before he says “To be, or not to be”?Polonius says, “I…

You are right. Most productions have Polonius sneeze or soemthing behind the arras which leads to hamlet’s question – ‘Where’s your father?’ To b or not ot be – is sad and moving, full of angst and…

• THE GREAT GATSBY

I need to create a dream sequence involving two of the characters(Nick/Jordan or Daisy/Gatsby),…

We cannot do your assignment for you, but we can help give you some ideas so that you can do it yourself. What do you think about the idea of choosing Nick and Jordan? There is so much written…

• SOCIAL SCIENCES

Can you think any intervention that can improve the social condition of this person? A Russian…

Some possible interventions would be the use of Meals on Wheels or another local elder visiting service. Many churches offer visiting services as well as local outings. This person would be helped…

• LORD OF THE FLIES

Why has William Golding portrayed Simon’s death so beautifully as compared to Piggy’s death in…

Simon’s death is the first death the readers witness in the book and it is a climactic scene. The purpose of the scene is to show that the boys have now descended to a new level of savagery and…

• ETHAN FROME

What does the behavior of Starkfield’s citizens imply about New Englanders’ attitudes toward…

In the story Ethan Frome the attitude of the people of Starkfield are representative of the typical people who live in isolated villages where everyone knows each other, as well as each other’s…

• SIDDHARTHA

What forces (people, places, ideas) play a role in shaping Siddhartha’s journey?

As the song goes, “Three is a Magic Number” in religion, literature, and philosophy–and for good reason. Siddhartha can be divided into three parts: In part 1 (chapters 1-4), Siddhartha could have…

• TWELFTH NIGHT

twelfth night”The way conflicts and contrasts are resolved along with the theme of ‘mistaken…

One of the essential elements of Shakespearean comedy is that the romance comes right in the end. In Twelfth Night, this requirement is fulfilled: Sebastian gets Olivia, or rather Olivia gets…

• GRAMMAR

rules of grammar What is the true meaning of the expression “the rules of grammar”?Discuss…

Rules of grammar are certainly changeable over time — I believe that linguistics and grammar rules are descriptive and not prescriptive. The rules should only describe what things are like at a…

• CHARLES DICKENS

One of the great achievements of Charles Dickens is that he effected social reform. With his exposure novels, such as Oliver Twist, Dickens attacked the working of the poor law of his Victorian…

• THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

At one point, Watson and Sir Henry have a trip on the moor Why might the author have written…

I assume that you are talking about the episode in Chapter VI where Watson, Sir Henry and Mortimer are headed to Baskerville Hall for the first time. This chapter contains a description of their…

• THE KITE RUNNER

In The Kite Runner, could it be said that by telling Amir about her affair with the Afghan man,…

This would be a very good example of someone taking responsibility for their actions. This section of the novel comes in Chapter Twelve, when after the engagement has been arranged by Baba, Soraya…

• THE BOY IN THE STRIPED PAJAMAS

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne. I am looking for examples showing that even the…

Here are a couple of main themes:1. Childhood Innocence. Although Shmuel and Bruno have a lot in commond the most significant is the childhood innocence which seems to characterize both boys….

• THE SCARLET LETTER

In Chapter 9 of The Scarlet Letter, what does the following quote mean?What does it mean when it…

Unfortunately you are only allowed to ask one question so, according to enotes regulations, I have had to edit your question down to just focus on the first question that you asked. This quote in…

• SCIENCE

Copernicus and Galileo opened the door to what is now modern science. What did they do that so…

Copernicus altered the model of the solar system that stood for about 1500 years by placing the sun at the center, rather than the earth. When he made this change, his model became more useful at…

• THE LADY OR THE TIGER?

Give at least three reasons why the princess might have chosen the tiger in “The Lady or the Tiger?”

I prefer this question to the various questions about which door the princess would have chosen. The fact is that the author very cleverly gives us exactly the same evidence for either outcome so…

• 1984

What are some examples of foreshadowing in 1984?

1984 by George Orwell is such an extensive novel that to find examples of foreshadowing would have to depend on your definition or your teacher’s definition of foreshadowing. And, depending on what…

• WHERE ARE YOU GOING, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?

What is symbolic of the kitchen & Arnold’s car & what happened to Connie? Did Connie end…

Perhaps more than any other issue or topic, the question of “what happens to Connie?” is the lynchpin in discussions of this well-known short story. Perhaps that is one reason that the film version…