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What does Old Money vs. New Money mean in the Great Gatsby?

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Old money stands out because their wealth comes from old family connections. New money refers to those people who make their fortune with no help. Back then, "old money" were...
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What are the literary devices in The Metamorphosis?

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The primary literary devices used by Kafka include metaphor, allegory, irony, and imagery. Detailed answer: Metaphor. It is a word or expression used in a figurative sense. It...
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What are some examples of sexism in Othello?

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There are multiple examples of sexism in Shakespeare's tragedy Othello. They include the way the story’s female characters are treated and referred to by men. Detailed answer: ...
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What does The Metamorphosis’ ending mean?

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The novella ends with Gregor Samsa's death and the family's trip to the countryside. Gregor's death has a symbolic meaning, as it freed from suffering. The family feels a sense of...
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What Kafkaesque Examples Can You Find in The Metamorphosis?

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The word Kafkaesque is not new in the contemporary world. Not everyone understands what it means. It appears when we discuss Franz Kafka’s works, opinions, and ideas he portrays in the...
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Why Did Gatsby Fail to Achieve the American Dream?

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The appearance of a happy life was just a lie that covered the deep grief inside. Gatsby didn't achieve the American dream because he chased the praise of others. His material...
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What does Athena fear?

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As the goddess of wisdom and courage, Athena seems to fear no one and nothing. The story of her contest with Poseidon reveals her only fear and how it helped her win. She is afraid of...
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What is the significance of the Willow Song in Othello?

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The Willow Song tells the audience what is going to come further in the tragedy. This ballad is about a woman who is loyal to her lover despite his cruelty. Desdemona sings this song a...
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What Does “for She Had Eyes and Chose Me” Mean?

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These are Othello's words to Iago in Act 3, Scene 3 of Shakespeare's Othello. The meaning of this phrase is that Othello is stronger than his jealousy of Desdemona. These words refer...
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What Does Frankenstein Do after His Creation Comes to Life?

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Frankenstein is a young university student. He has the goal of inventing a giant creature that would function like a normal human being. After bringing it to life, he is angry with the...
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What is the Climax of Hamlet?

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Hamlet is distinguished by the presence of not one but two climaxes. The first peak is the death of Polonius in act 3, which breaks the tension that had built up. The final climax is...
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Do you think Hamlet is a problem play or a tragedy? Why?

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Hamlet is a problem play, as it represents the theme of madness. Hamlet tries to make people think he is harmless, pretending to be mad. But examining the death of his father, Hamlet...
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When and Why Did Gatsby Change His Name?

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Jay Gatsby was born James Gatz and changed his name when he was seventeen. He did it to tailor it to his new lifestyle and reflect his wish to obtain wealth and status.   Detailed...
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What are the major conflicts in the Odyssey?

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Conflicts in The Odyssey can be divided into three main categories — man vs. gods/nature, man vs. society, and man vs. self. There are a few instances of each type of conflict in the...
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What Does “Her Voice is Full of Money” Mean?

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The metaphor used by Gatsby to describe Daisy's voice goes back to the main character's life story. In his youth, Gatsby was relatively poor, so becoming wealthy was his primary goal....
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What is the Climax of Othello?

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The climax of Othello occurs at the end of act 3, scene 3. Here, Othello starts fully believing Iago. The Moor kneels in front of the villain and promises himself to get revenge. From...
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How Does Victor Frankenstein Die?

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Victor Frankenstein travels to the Arctic icy waters in an attempt to escape from the monster he created. The weather conditions become dangerous when the ship goes North. Victor falls...
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How long did it take Odysseus to get home?

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Odysseus has been away from home for twenty years. A man spent ten years fighting in the Trojan war, helping the Greeks. After the fall of Troy, it took him ten years to come back home...
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How did Heathcliff Die in Wuthering Heights?

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Heathcliff is an antihero character in Emily Bronte’s novel Wuthering Heights. He becomes mentally unstable after Catherine’s death. While he does not commit suicide after losing his...
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What Was Victor Frankenstein’s Laboratory Like?

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Victor Frankenstein created two monsters in two different places. His first lab was a “cell” at the top of his house in Ingolstadt, Germany. His second lab was a miserable hut on one...
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Who Killed William in Frankenstein?

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Frankenstein’s monster kills William, his creator’s younger brother, by pressing his throat so that he is not able to breathe. However, the creature is not the only one to be blamed....
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What was the “moment of final suspense” in Hamlet?

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The reader can regard the duel in Act 5, scene 2 of Shakespeare’s tragedy as the “moment of final suspense.” In the scene before, Hamlet agreed to have the fencing match with Laertes....
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How Did Odysseus Get the Scar on His Leg?

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Odysseus is a legendary figure who experienced many threats throughout his life. The scar on his leg is a result of his encounter with a wild boar. Odysseus was on a hunt with...
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Which Greek values are found in The Odyssey?

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The Odyssey is one of the most outstanding epic poems written by the ancient Greek poet Homer. It shows several essential values that people appreciated in ancient Greece. Greek values...
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What is the setting of The Metamorphosis?

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The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka takes place in an unnamed European city. The primary setting is an apartment of the Samsa family. An entire story develops in Samsa's house; its...
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Why Does Odysseus Go to The Underworld?

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Odysseus looks for his way back home from the Trojan War. Circe, the daughter of Apollo, advises the hero to find the soothsayer Tiresias to get the directions from her. However, Homer...
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Why Odysseus is an Example of a Dynamic Character?

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Odysseus is a dynamic character because he constantly changes throughout the Odyssey. The hero's character changes as he encounters difficult situations and unpleasant events....
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Which word best describes Laertes in Act IV of Hamlet?

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The word that best describes Laertes is “passionate.” In act IV, he is informed of his father's death and decides to return to Denmark. He gathers a mob and, taking the castle, opposes...
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How does Odysseus escape Charybdis the second time?

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He grabbed the branch of a fig tree that grew above the whirlpool and hung there until Charybdis began to spew water. Together with water came the mast of the ship, clinging to which...
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What Is the Main Conflict of Pride and Prejudice?

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The conflict is reflected in the novel's title and arises from the clash of Darcy's cold aristocratic pride and Elizabeth's instinctive feminine prejudice against the arrogant man. It...
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Why does Polonius send Reynaldo to Paris?

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Polonius, in Hamlet, sends Reynaldo to France as his undercover agent to spy on his son. He pays him as his servant, giving him the orders that he won’t be able to disobey. Polonius...
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What’s the difference between soliloquy vs. aside?

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A soliloquy is a character’s monologue in a play, not directed towards anyone in particular. Shakespeare uses them as a tool to reveal thought processes. An aside is a short expression...
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What are Odysseus’s Strengths and Weaknesses?

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Odysseus, the hero of Homer's epic poems The Odyssey and The Iliad, has many strengths and weaknesses. During his journey home, he shows himself as a courageous, smart, and confident...
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What is the setting in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?

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The story of Gawain Poet’s Sir Gawain and the Green Knight takes place in King Arthur’s Britain during the middle ages. Britain at that time is described as a land of wonders and...
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How Are Frankenstein and Prometheus Alike?

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Prometheus and Frankenstein suffered for their deeds. They attempted to create a new life and faced the results of their actions. Both of the characters suffered from disregarding the...
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Who is the trickster in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a chivalric poem written in Arthurian tradition. The story is considered a classic of English literature. However, the story might appear confusing...