What is the symbolism of Starbuck and Moby Dick?

What is the symbolism of Starbuck and Moby Dick?

  • HISTORY

What are the differences between an absolute monarchy and a representative government?

In an absolute monarchy, in theory at least, the monarch or king rules by his own will. He is answerable to no one except God and natural law, and the people do not have a right to overthrow him or…

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  • SONNY’S BLUES

In “Sonny’s Blues” is Sonny a sympathetic character? Why or why not?

In “Sonny’s Blues,” the narrator’s brother Sonny is a sympathetic character. At the beginning of the story, the narrator learns that Sonny has yet again been arrested for being involved with…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

Why does George respect Slim?

First, we should say that all the men on the ranch respect Slim. So, it is not odd that George respects Slim as well. In one passage, Slim is even described as Godlike. George looked over at…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Where in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird are references to the themes of pride or tradition?

Pride vs. humility is a dominant theme found in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. The development of humility is one lesson Scout learns as she matures throughout the book. One scene in which she…

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  • SCIENCE

The electric energy lost when a current passes through a resistance

The electrical energy lost when current passes through a resistance shows up as heat energy. If the resistor has a value of R ohm and a current of I ampere passes through it, the power generated…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

On what page can the following quote be found in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird: Boo…

That exact quote can actually not be found in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. In fact, the word myth is only used once towards the end of the book when the children are being followed in the…

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  • THE SCARLET IBIS

Describe the narrator’s attitude at the beginning of “The Scarlet Ibis.”

The narrator, Brother, has returned to his childhood home to reminisce and take responsibility for Doodle’s death. His attitude is reflective and sentimental as he recounts the circumstances…

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  • THE MOST OF IT

What is the Central Metaphor in Robert Frost’s “The Most of It?”

Taken literally, the “he” of the poem wishes that the universe and nature are there to provide him some kind of emotional and spiritual support. He wants more than just the return of his own voice…

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  • THE MINISTER’S BLACK VEIL

What happens when the church sends a delegation to talk to Mr. Hooper in “The Minister’s Black…

When the church sends a delegation to talk to Mr. Hooper, the ‘deputation’ are so intimidated by the awe-inspiring spectacle of their preacher in a black veil, that nothing of any substance is…

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  • PASSING

Describe and explain the traits of Irene Redfield. To what extent do the traits permit you to…

Irene Westover Redfield (often referred to as simply “Rene”) has many traits as a major character in Passing, by Nella Larson. What I find ironic is that most of Irene’s traits are so important to…

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  • SCIENCE

During DNA replication,a DNA strand that has the bases CTAGGT will produce a strand with what bases?

During DNA replication, the original DNA strand “unzips” or splits where the two bases join together to form the rungs of the DNA ladder. There are four nitrogenous bases, cytosine, thymine,…

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  • FRANKENSTEIN

Why shouldn’t have Frankenstein created his creature in the first place?

Prior to his decision to create the monster, Victor had been warned previously by his father and later by his professor. They both wondered why he wasted his time reading and researching about…

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  • THINGS FALL APART

What is the theme in the novel Things Fall Apart?

Things Fall Apart has three primary themes. The first theme is the conflict between evolution and tradition. Many of the villagers are looking forward to new opportunities but are also afraid of…

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  • THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE

What does Holmes learn when he starts to question Mr. Wilson about his assistant?

During the interview, Holmes learns that the assistant’s name is Vincent Spaulding. That he is around thirty years old. That he has a avid interest in photography and is always diving down into…

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  • THE ALCHEMIST

From Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist, what is the law of hospitality in the oasis?

The oasis that the caravan visits in The Alchemist certainly abides by the law of hospitality–or as some call it, the guest-host relationship. Guests are expected to obey the rules and regulations…

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  • SCIENCE

Who invented the hamster ball?

This is a very interesting question, and one which doesn’t have an easy answer. One way to find out who invented something is to conduct a patent search on the US Patent and Trademark website (see…

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  • MATH

Find the value of k such that (x3−k⋅x2+2)(x3-k⋅x2+2) / (x−1)(x-1) has a remainder of 8.

Hello! There is the Polynomial remainder theorem (its prove is simple provided we know that the remainder is a number (a monomial of degree 0)): if a polynomial P(x)P(x) is divided by a binomial…

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  • A RETRIEVED REFORMATION

How do you know that Jimmy has truly changed?

  1. Henry provides many proofs that Jimmy Valentine has changed. The entire story is about how Jimmy changes from a criminal into a solid citizen. The first direct proof of his change is stated in…

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  • CRISPIN: THE CROSS OF LEAD

Why did John Aycliffe have great power over the peasants?

As Steward of the Manor, John Aycliffe was responsible for making sure that everything on the Estate ran smoothly. Part of this responsibility was overseeing the collecting of taxes from the…

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  • SELF-RELIANCE

What is going to help us access “new thoughts” and “demand our own works”? This is in Emerson’s…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

Did Atticus like Finch Landing?

Atticus Finch liked Finch Landing enough to return for an annual Christmas visit once a year. I suspect he treasured his family heritage and the fact the Finches had owned their land for a very…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

How is Jem similar to Atticus in To Kill a Mockingbird?

Jem and Atticus are similar in some ways. I suspect, if we could evaluate Jem as an adult, he would be very much like Atticus. One of the clearest examples of this is in the mob episode. Jem…

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  • LORD OF THE FLIES

In Lord of the Flies, why does Ralph say that the island is getting worse and worse?

In chapter 8, the society the boys have attempted to construct on the island really begins to fall apart. Because of the “beast from air” which Ralph has now observed (somewhat) upon the mountain,…

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  • THE SNIPER

How is the idea of human nature explored by in “The Sniper” by Liam O’Flaherty?

O’Flaherty does not suggest that humans are inherently good nor inherently bad. Therefore, he makes no overarching statement about which way human nature tends to lean. He may have an opinion on…

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  • REFERENCE

In Walk Two Moons, why doesn’t Sal’s dad wear work gloves?

Sal tells us this story in Chapter 18, titled “The Good Man.” Here she talks a lot about her father. When she and her parents lived on the farm in Bybanks, Kentucky, her father enjoyed doing…

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  • HAMLET

In Hamlet, what are his main characteristics? In what ways is he crafty and intelligent?

Hamlet is a depressed and confused young man. He has recently lost his father, and his father’s ghost has revealed that his uncle and mother are both traitors. He is clearly very clever. We see…

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  • OEDIPUS REX

What “Line” are the people in front of the palace descended from in Oedipus Rex?

At the beginning of Oedipus Rex, the Priest makes a reference to the people being from the house of Cadmus. In Greek history, Cadmus is the first hero of Greece and the founder and first ruler of…

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  • SCIENCE

Which electrons in an atom are involved in forming a chemical bond?

The electrons in the outermost electron shell are responsible for forming chemical bonds. These electrons are also known as valence electrons. Chemical bonds are formed when the outermost electron…

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  • SCIENCE

A solution of barium hydroxide contains 5.2 x 10^25 hydroxide ions, how many grams of barium…

Barium hydroxide has a chemical formula of Ba(OH)2Ba(OH)2 . This means that each mole of barium hydroxide contains 1 mole of barium and 2 moles of hydroxide ions. Also, one mole of any substance…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

How do Mr. and Mrs. Fezziwig treat their workers at the party?

Fezziwig and his wife appear during Stave One, as Ebenezer is visiting scenes from his past. Scrooge previously served as Fezziwig’s apprentice. It is clear that Fezziwig knows his business well,…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

In Chapter 14 of To Kill a Mockingbird, why does Scout start fighting Jem?

In Chapter 14, Atticus is arguing with Aunt Alexandra over the role of Calpurnia in the Finch family when Jem motions to Scout to go to his room. Inside Jem’s room, he tells Scout to stop…

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  • SCIENCE

What percent of hydrochloric acid is hydrogen?

A clearer way to think about this question is to ask: What percent of hydrogen chloride is hydrogen? (Hydrochloric acid results when hydrogen chloride is added to an aqueous solution.) Hydrogen…

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  • THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND

What happens in The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Chapters 9-12?

Chapter 9 Kit and Mercy are teaching school in the kitchen. Mercy teaches the ones who are only just beginning to read, and Kit teaches the ones who are reading primers. Kit entertains the kids…

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  • THE SCARLET LETTER

In The Scarlet Letter Hester tells Chillingworth, “It lies not in the pleasure of the magistrates…

In chapter XIV of The Scarlet Letter, titled “Hester and the Physician”, the two talk quite openly about the current situation in which they are both involved. Chillingworth goes as far as telling…

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  • REFERENCE

What is a synonym for “very”?

According to dictionary.com, a synonym “is a word having the same or nearly the same meaning as another in the language.” For example, happy is a synonym of joyful. It is easy to overuse the word…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What does Atticus Finch smell that affects him in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird?

In Chapter 17 of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout recalls last Christmas being near the Ewells’ house close to the county dump and the “Negro settlement.” Each year after Christmas, the…

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  • HISTORY

How were the Americans affected by westward expansion in the 1800’s?

Americans were impacted by westward expansion in the 1800s in several ways. In 1862, the government, with the passage of the Homestead Act, offered people 160 acres of land in the Great Plains if…

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  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL

What did the two men who entered Scrooge’s office after his nephew want?

After Scrooge’s nephew visited him, two gentlemen entered. They greeted Scrooge and asked him for donations for the poor. They explained the plight of the poor in the city. Scrooge asked them if…

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  • THE CASK OF AMONTILLADO

Where in “The Cask of Amontillado” is it proven that Montresor is a very clever person?

Montresor shows his cleverness in several places throughout “The Cask of Amontillado.” When he first encounters Fortunato celebrating in the street, he wants to make sure that he is not expected…

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  • THE GREAT GATSBY

What are important events in Chapters 3 and 4 of The Great Gatsby?

Chapters three and four in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald are important because they provide detailed insights into the glamorous life of the mysterious Jay Gatsby. In chapter three, an…

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  • MOBY DICK

What does Starbuck symbolize in Moby Dick?

Starbuck represents a kind of rationality, and conventional Christian morality, in contrast to Ahab’s personal revenge-centered worldview. Starbuck is the one who is able to question Ahab’s…

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  • HISTORY

In the cartoon “Interrupting the Ceremony,” what is the artist’s point of view on the League of… 1 image

This cartoon is a commentary on the debate in the United States over ratifying the Treaty of Versailles. This treaty ended World War I, but in the United States, the debate centered on the fact…

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  • THE SNIPER

In “The Sniper”, what does the sniper do to trick his enemy?

In “The Sniper”, the titular character is essentially trapped on a rooftop by another sniper; he is wounded and therefore unable to use his rifle to defend himself, nor can he move without being…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

What are three reasons why George and Lennie have a true friendship in Of Mice and Men?

Assuming that you are asking for evidence showing that George and Lennie’s friendship is “true”, here are three determining factors. 1) George is loyal to Lennie Regardless of how angry George…

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  • HISTORY

Why did the cartoonist use marriage in the cartoon “Interrupting the Ceremony”? 1 image

The cartoonist was commenting on the debate over ratifying the Treaty of Versailles, which would have meant membership in the League of Nations. President Woodrow Wilson supported the League…

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  • THE GIVER

In Lois Lowry’s The Giver, how does Jonas show integrity?

Integrity means standing up for one’s beliefs. It means that a person values doing what is right over anything else; and, sometimes standing up for what is right means making decisions that are…

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  • HISTORY

What do each of the main figures in the cartoon represent ? What are they doing ? 2 images

The political cartoon, “Interrupting the Ceremony,” appeared in the Chicago Tribune and is a critique on Woodrow Wilson’s desire to have the United States enter the League of Nations. The League of…

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  • OF MICE AND MEN

From where are they coming in Of Mice and Men? Why are they camping out? What does Lennie have in…

We can find all of this information in chapter one of the novella. George and Lennie are coming from a place called Weed. They left that place in haste, because the people there accused Lennie of…

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  • MOBY DICK

What is the symbolism of Starbuck and Moby Dick?

Often, readers of Melville’s Moby Dick focus on the relationship between Ahab and Moby Dick, as the entire novel arguably revolves around this relationship. However, it’s worth considering the…

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  • TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

What are examples of dramatic irony in chapters 8, 9, or 10 of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird?

Dramatic irony occurs when, due to the unfolding action, a reader or audience gains more understanding of a character’s situation than the character currently has. Harper Lee especially creates…

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