What is the significance of the motifs of cars in relation to the theme of the book?

What is the significance of the motifs of cars in relation to the theme of the book?

  • A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS

When and what kind of irony (situational, dramatic, verbal) is found in the book A Thousand…

A Thousand Splendid Suns features examples of situational irony, in which the outcome is different from what is originally intended. One example of situational irony is Rasheed’s marriage to Laila….

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

What is the significance of the motifs of cars in relation to the theme of the book?

In chapter 4, we are given a description of Gatsby’s car that begins with Nick’s observation, “I’d seen it. Everybody had seen it.” This tells us that Gatsby’s car was one that stood out from the…

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  • OTHELLO

What blinds Roderigo to fact that Iago is using him in “Othello”?

It is Roderigo’s own desires that blind him. Iago persuades him by convincing Roderigo that Desdemona can truly be his. He sets up Roderigo as the “rightful” suitor of Desdemona, and Othello as…

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  • ESSAY LAB

eng 112What information do you need in order to write an effective argumentative/persuasive essay?

I agree with the previous posts, but the idea of a Rogerian strategy approach is a stellar one. It is always important to ensure that you can anticipate a potential argument against your points….

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  • SOLDIER’S HOME

What point of view is used in “Soldier’s Home” by Ernest Hemingway?

This story, “Soldier’s Home,” is told from the third-person narrator point of view. As a former journalist, Hemingway was well accustomed to this objective point of view. Here, in this story he…

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  • HAMLET

is it we who are hamlet ?is it we who are hamlet ?

I’m going to guess that you are asking if we all behave like Hamlet. I would think that most of us do, but not all, and I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing. My own experience tells me…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

Nick thinks he’s one of the few honest people he knows, why? Do you think he is honest?

In Chapter 1, Nick Carraway describes himself as honest and objective because he has established the reputation of being a non-judgmental listener. He gives the example of hearing the woes of his…

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  • HATCHET

What was still troubling Brian about his parents’ divorce in “Hatchet”?

Like any child his age, Brian is very hurt by his parent’s decision to divorce and is having a difficult time coping. When the story opens, Brian is on his way to visit his father in Canada. Brian…

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  • THINGS FALL APART

Which of Okonkow’s characteristics persuades Nwakibie to give him the yam seeds?

Nwakibie admires the fact that Okonkwo works so hard and maintains an image of masculinity that is valued by the clansmen. In chapter three, Nwakibie says, “It pleases me to see a young man like…

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  • THINGS FALL APART

What can you tell about Okonkwo’s character from his participation in the death of Ikemefuna?…

Okonkwo’s participation in the death of Ikemefuna shows how insecure Okonkwo still is. Okonkwo’s greatest fear is that he will end up like his father, who was considered weak and died having no…

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  • GUIDE TO LITERARY TERMS

What is tragedy?definition of term

The first great theorist of dramatic art was Aristotle (384-322 B.C.) whose discussion of tragedy in Poetics has set the bar for what constitutes tragedy. According to Aristotle, tragedy is the…

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  • THE LOVELY BONES

How do Jack and Abigail question their parenthood after Susie is killed in The Lovely Bones?…

This is an excellent question! Sebold deals with these two characters in totally different ways, in my opinion a genius stroke of word choice, directly reflecting the characters thoughts…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Jem forms a new theory about why Boo Radley has never left his house in years. What is…

At the end of chapter 23, Jem tells Scout why Boo never came out. Scout thinks that there’s just one kind of “folks”–Jem says, “If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with…

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  • FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON

In “Flowers for Algernon”, how do Charlie’s feelings towards the doctors change after the operation?

Before the operation, Charlie is blissfully ignorant of the intricate power relations between people. He saw the people at the bakery as friends, for example, even though they probably made fun of…

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  • THE LOTTERY

Why are there allusions to darkness in “The Lottery”?

“The Lottery” is a story about death. In a larger sense, it a story about a communal murder- the darkness and foreboding storm refer to what is going on on the underside. Yes, it is June 27- a…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

Explain how you feel about what Ponyboy, Johnny And Dallas did for the kids in the fire. Are…

Those boys were heroes in the sense that they acted selflessly as they went into the fire to help the kids escape. Selflessness wasn’t something they had a lot of practice with, because, through…

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  • THE LOTTERY

What is Tess symbolic of in “The Lottery”?

The character Tessie Hutchinson is the unfortunate winner in Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”. She is the sacrificial lamb, the one chosen to atone for the “sins” of the community for the year….

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  • DEATH OF A SALESMAN

Identify Willy’s and Biff’s dream, and determine which dream is more realistic.This is my essay…

Willy Loman is “willfully” able to break free from reality and dream about a life in which the American Dream is fulfilled: Lots of money and an achieved bundle of earnings so that he can provide…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Why did Scout think that Uncle Jack’s actions were unjustified in “To Kill a Mockingbird”?

When Scout gets into trouble with her Uncle Jack because of the incident with Francis, she tells him, “You’re real nice Uncle Jack. . .but you don’t understand children much.” When he objects and…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In part two, two adults are mockingbirds. Who are they and why?This is supposed to be a reference…

To Kill a Mockingbird plays of father/attorney Atticus Finch’s admonition to kill no mockingbirds. In various parts of the book, Atricus’s complete line is that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What does Aunt Alexandra request that Atticus try to convey to the children in “To Kill a…

It is very important to Alexandra that the children realize that they are Finches, and to be proud of the name. Alexandra seems to need some sort of validation that her family is respectable and…

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  • THE LOTTERY

What is ironic about the conversation in “The Lottery”?

In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, the conversation takes on an ironic tone in at least two places. One is the commonplace tone of the talk of taxes and everyday life when a death is imminent….

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  • THE LOTTERY

How does the setting contribute to the outcome in “The Lottery”?

In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”, the setting shows a stark contrast to what is expected. Through the few pages of the short story, we have come to think of the town’s folks as ordinary, common…

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  • JOHN STEINBECK

In The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men, how does John Steinbeck see the humble Man?

The characters in both novels, those who are both poor and homeless yet not hopeless, were treated with great sympathy and respect by Steinbeck. These were his portrayals of those in American life…

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  • THE RAZOR’S EDGE

In Somerset Maugham’s novel ‘The Razor’s Edge’ why is Larry celibate after his trip to India?Is…

In his quest for purity and spiritual freedom, Larry’s aescetism becomes a kind of obsession. He studies Eastern religions, exercises denial and hopes that he will find ‘wealth in want.’ When he…

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  • THE CAY

What happened in Chapters 12,13,14,and 15 in The Cay?

After Timothy and Phillip have been on the island about a month, Timothy is stricken with a bout of malaria. Although there is not much he can do, Phillip tries to nurse him through the fever and…

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  • THE CRUCIBLE

What is an example of a soliloquy, a monologue, aside, and stage direction in The Crucible?

  1. A soliloquy is a dramatic or literary device demonstrated by a speaker speaking to himself. In Shakespearean drama, soliloquies are normally lengthy, but in modern drama such as The Crucible,…

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  • HENRY V

What is the name of the historical day during the battle in Shakespeare’s “Henry V”?

The play celebrates the victory of the English over the French at the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years’ War. At the time, the victory was considered an amazing upset because the English…

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  • THE CAY

What happened in Chapters 9,10,11, and 12 of The Cay?

Timothy begins to make a rope that will stretch down the hill to the beach and fire pile. The rope is for Phillip to use as a guide to get around the island on his own. While he works on the…

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  • THE OUTSIDERS

What does Ponyboy mean when he says, “We could get along without anyone but Johnny”? Why?

Johnny was the personality that united the boys more than anyone, probably, because he needed protecting. Even Dally wouldn’t say or do anything to hurt Johnny. Ponyboy described Johnny early in…

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  • OLIVER TWIST

In Oliver Twist, at first Giles, Harry, and Mr. Losberne beleive Oliver must have dreamt of Fagin…

At the end of Chapter 34 of Oliver Twist, Oliver falls into a half-sleep near an open window, and either dreams or senses that Fagin and another man are observing and discussing him. In the first…

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  • WARRIORS DON’T CRY

What news did Melba get while she was in Cincinnati in Warriors Don’t Cry?

While she is in Cincinnati, Melba gets the news that she has “been assigned to go to Central High with the white people”. Melba is in the midst of a glorious visit to her Great Uncle Clancey’s…

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  • THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN

How would you summarize Chapter 7- 39 in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn?

Looking at these chapters, we are looking at a majority of the novel. Any summary will leave quite a bit of action out. In these chapters, Huck and Jim encounter many characters from Buck…

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  • ANIMAL FARM

In Animal Farm, after Snowball’s expulsion, what is foreshadowed when the animals learn that…

The animals saw Snowball’s heroism for themselves. However, after Snowball is expelled, Squealer tries to tell them that Snowball was really not a hero afterall. This foreshadows the rewriting of…

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  • JULIUS CAESAR

What is the point of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”?In other words, what do you think Shakespeare…

In his funeral oration, Marc Antony tells the Romans, “Ambition should be made of sterner stuff” (Act III,ii,93). Ironically, Antony becomes much more brutally ambitious than Caesar, whom he…

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  • ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

In the opening scene of All Quiet on the Western Front, why does Paul’s company have extra food…

Paul explains that the extra food and provisions which his company is enjoying in the opening scene is a result of “a miscalculation”. He says that fourteen days ago they had been assigned “to go…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

In chapter 12, Dimmesdale and the sexton both see the letter “A” in the sky and interpret its…

Just as in real-life situations, people respond to events and circumstances according to their prior experiences. When, in The Scarlet Letter, the letter “A” seems to appear in the sky, the…

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  • FRANKENSTEIN

What does it mean when Shelley says, “I shall relate events that impressed me with feelings…

When Mary Shelley states, “I shall relate events that impressed me with feelings with…have made me what I am,” she is alluding to one of the primary themes of the Romantic movement: the…

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  • THE ODYSSEY: A MODERN SEQUEL

What is the basic hierarchy of the Greek Gods?

Before there was Zeus and his brothers and sisters, his parents were Gaea and Uranus. They had the Titans, which were Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, Hera, Demeter and Hestia. Zeus and Hera ruled Olympia…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In To Kill a Mockingbird, what does Heck Tate give as the reason for Bob Ewell’s attack on Jem…

After Jem and Scout are so viciously attacked, Atticus tells Heck Tate that Bob Ewell was “out of his mind” to do such a thing. Tate disagrees. He sees Ewell as a man who was totally depraved:…

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  • ESSAY LAB

What information do you need in order to write an effective argumentative/persuasive essay?I am…

Adults returning to college is an interesting topic which could lead to several different persuasive essays. Now you need to find an issue within this topic. An issue has two sides that can be…

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  • THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD

What is the name of the town that Jody and Janie moved to in Their Eyes Were Watching God?

The name of the town to which Jody and Janie moved is Eatonville, Florida. Joe Starks is an ambitious black man who has “been workin’ for white folks all his life”. He had always wanted to be “a…

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  • SCIENCE

Do fetuses that die in utero (stillbirths) decompose in the same manner if the mother is also…

Mummification would be the normal result, as the fetus would be deprived of oxygen. However, the exposure to water would have caused ascending infections to occur, and the subsequent decomposition…

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  • THE YOUNG HOUSEWIFE

Discuss the tone and meaning of the poem “The Young Housewife” by William Carlos Williams.

“A Young Housewife” by William Carlos Williams deserves a second reading. The poet tricks the reader into thinking this is just a poem about a woman in a house wearing a negligee. There is…

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  • PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

How does “Pride and Prejudice” validate the class system?

During this Regency period the class system was a widely-accepted paradigm that consisted in that “the natural order of things” dictates that those born into wealth and name will remain that way…

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  • GREAT EXPECTATIONS

How do the characters’ names illustrate/symbolize the themes of Great Expectations?

Dickens often uses symbolic names, but Great Expectations is probably the best example of his doing so. Pip’s name is, of course, the most symbolic. His nickname means “seed,” and the novel is…

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  • THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM

What happened to the narrator of “The Pit and the Pendulum” as he slept?

The first time that sleep overtakes the narrator is during his effort to circumnavigate the walls of his dungeon and thus find out how large it is. When he wakes up, he finds a loaf and a jug of…

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  • MACBETH

Need feedback and differing opinions. Is political assassination like the one in Macbeth ever…

I am of the opinion that political assassination is justified in very limited circumstances. Macbeth’s assassination of Duncan was murder, pure and simple, and there can be no justification for…

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  • THE LOVE SONG OF J. ALFRED PRUFROCK

How has your understanding of The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock been shaped by your context?How…

When I first read this poem, I was a high school freshman, so I will consider that context as I answer your question. I think most teenagers can relate to Proofrock’s fears of the judgments of…

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  • WALTER PATER

What are the salient features of good style according to Walter Pater ?

Pater was an English essayist, novelist, and fictional portrait writer. His work was focused on the elements of aestheticism which helped to form what we know today as Renaissance art. The main…

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