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Is Othello being deceptive when he says, “This only is the witchcraft I have used” (Act 1.3.184)

When Othello is brought before an “ad hoc” court of law for surreptitiously marring Desdemona, Brabantio essentially accuses him of using “witchcraft” as a means of seducing his daughter suggesting, ...
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Why is there an odd use of question marks in Lord of the Flies?

During Simon's encounter with the Lord of the Flies, the Lord of the Flies says: “You knew, didn’t you? I’m part of you? Close, close, close! I’m the reason why it’s no go? Why things are what ...
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Meaning of “What important truth…?” in “Zero to One”

At the beginning of Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future, Peter Thiel writes: Whenever I interview someone for a job, I like to ask this question: "What important truth do ...
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How can he be “so shabbily dressed” and “must have been a millionaire”?

In "The Song of the Flying Fish" by G. K. Chesterton, the author was describing a group of neighbours, a collector, a priest, a biologist, a bank manager and a traveller, that usually got together in ...
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Meaning of “Give me some credit” in “Anne of Green Gables”

In Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery, Marilla criticizes Anne for talking too much: "Well, I guess I'll light the lamp and get to work," said Marilla. "I see plainly that you don't want to ...
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Literary allusions in Catch 22

What are the various literary allusions in Catch-22? While reading I recognized Shakespeare’s Shylock’s speech on “equality” (from Merchant of Venice) and a few lines on Abbott and Costello but was ...
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Devices similar to a palantir in literature [closed]

I’m looking for more devices similar to the palantir in lord of the rings? Specifically, devices that allow characters to see things or insights otherwise not possible? The device can be from other ...
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Insight into a Book Similar to “To steal an ancient melody”

I am looking for a book such as the title "To Steal an Ancient Melody", or a book that uses the phrase "To steal an ancient melody". I am interested to see the story as it discusses what befalls the ...
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Any inspiration for the statue revival scene in Shakespeare's “The Winter's Tale”?

Shakespeare's "problem play" The Winter's Tale is largely inspired by Robert Greene's Pandosto written a few decades earlier. One of the major differences between Pandosto and The Winter's Tale is in ...
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Why is the scene in which Leontes recognises his daughter merely reported?

One of the most striking moments in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale is the scene in which Leontes's wife Hermione, whom both he and the audience thought dead, turns out to be alive (Act V, scene 3). ...
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Outline the symbolism of “The astronaut in Isolation” by Rosalind Morris

“The astronaut in Isolation” by Rosalind Morris is a poem that was published on Daily Maverick on 30 April 2020. It's a new poem and there is no interpretation of this anywhere on the web. I would ...
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Trying to find a Horror book involving a book that when read the reader believes they are a character in that book

The story is about a book that comes out of nowhere (the author is dead and connected to cults). Whenever a person reads the book they believe they are a character within that book and they attempt to ...
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Revenge in The Count of Monte Cristo [closed]

I am doing some research on Dumas's novel The Count of Monte Cristo. My work is about the concept of vengeance/revenge in the book. By now, I'm looking for material to begin with, but it has been ...
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How do the novel American Psycho and the poem The Rape of the Lock compare? [closed]

How do Bret Easton Ellis's novel American Psycho (1991) and Alexander Pope's poem "The Rape of the Lock" (1712-1717) compare? Since they both deal with themes of materiality and class, I was wondering,...
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Any famous poem or song describing RAIN SILENTLY kills or nourishes things [closed]

I'm an English learner and want to know some English poems and songs. Any popular poem or song that portrays quiet rain is worthy of my studying. Both real and fictional rain are OK, as long as the ...
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Meaning of «Ah! les Bazaine» in La chute / The Fall

In Albert Camus's novel La chute / The Fall, the main character talks about his life to an unnamed listener. In the second chapter, he makes the following statement while talking about friends and ...
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Meaning Red vs Blue [closed]

How can we explain : Red is Red, Blue is Blue and never the two shall Glue. What thing can we understand with this with some facts.
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What story is the idea that it's better to pick a small box rather than a large one from?

For as long as I can remember, whenever I'm presented with a choice between a small and a large box in a video game or something, I've had the idea that I should pick the small box rather than the ...
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Studies on the demographics of different genres

Are there any recent (last 10 years) large-scale studies on audience genre preferences and, maybe, how these preferences change with age? I am not expecting to see all the variety of genres but (I ...
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What is the significance of the names Mersault and Meursault?

The novel A Happy Death, written in the late 1930s and published posthumously in 1971, has a main character named Patrice Mersault. Camus's novel The Stranger, written a few years later and published ...
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At what point did Leontes become jealous?

The Winter's Tale, one of Shakespeare's last plays, depicts the character of Leontes, King of Sicily, as someone who suddenly becomes jealous. Scholars and readers have often criticised the play ...
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Is Williams's This Is Just to Say an imagist poem, an objectivist poem or neither?

The Wikipedia article about the short poem "This Is Just to Say" claims the text is an imagist poem without backing up that claim. Williams contributed to the anthology Des Imagistes, published in ...
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What is the nature of the relationship between Madeleine and the Comte de Vaudrec in Bel-Ami?

In Maupassant's novel Bel-Ami the Comte de Vaudrec is a wealthy member of the nobility who comes to dine at the Forestiers' home every Monday evening. After Madeleine's husband Charles Forestier has ...
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Is this a plot hole in “Gone girl”?

I recently finished reading "Gone Girl" and, although I enjoyed it, there is a part of the story that sounded kind of weird for me, and it kind of keeps bothering me. In real life, would this be a ...
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How to interpret this “temptation”?

I’d like to ask about the sentence I’m not really sure how to interpret in The Boscombe Valley Mystery by Conan Doyle, preferably to someone who’s already read the story. “Well, it is not for me to ...
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What is the exact social status of Alexei Vronsky?

Alexei Vronsky is first mentioned by Stepan Oblonsky, in Part One chapter XI. This is how he is presented there by Stiva (Pevear translation): Vronsky is one of the sons of Count Kirill Ivanovich ...
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Is Lambert-Sarrazin's moustache speech in Bel-Ami an allusion to a real speech?

The beginning of Chapter V in Part Two of Maupassant's novel Bel-Ami tells us about political discussions regarding the French colonisation of North Africa. One of the members of Parliament (the Third ...
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To what extent are the stylistic devices in Death of a Salesman and The Stranger similar? [closed]

I have been asked to compare Camus's novel The Stranger and Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman. The question is: To what extent are the stylistic devices in Death of a Salesman and The Stranger ...
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Why the name “The Winter's Tale” for Shakespeare's play?

The Shakespeare play The Winter's Tale does not actually take place entirely in winter (unlike, say, A Midsummer Night's Dream where almost all the action does indeed take place on midsummer night). ...
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Trying to find a story of a man who strapped a magnet to his forehead, has visions

Many years ago I read a story of a man who experimented with a magnet strapped to his forehead. From what I remember, he examined this experiment in his attic study. He harnessed a magnet on his ...
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What evidence is there that Shakespeare revised The Winter's Tale after 1611?

Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale was probably written in the years 1610-1611, making it one of the author's last plays. The play's text was first published in the "First Folio" of 1623, seven years ...
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What is the origin of the name Nilfgaard?

The empire of Nilfgaard becomes very important in the Witcher saga starting from the end of Sword of Destiny and continuing through the novels starting with Blood of Elves. The name has always ...
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What does Mr World represent in the American Gods book?

The American Gods Wikia site claims that Mr World is a personification of globalisation. That definitely seems to be true in the TV series (see the creepiest rant ever made about salsa), but in the ...
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Where did D. H. Lawrence say that (in his works) he is not concerned with character or personality?

Terry Eagleton's book How to Read Literature contains a chapter entitled "Character" which discusses various approaches toward "character" throughout the history of literature. One of the authors ...
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Mid-1990s novel about young programmer who gets into trouble in Dallas

Novel about a talented young computer programmer (maybe a child-protege..?) who makes a splash in the programming world and ends up moving to Dallas. I don’t really remember much of the plot, but I ...
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Symbolic interpretations of William Horwood's Callanish?

William Horwood's short novel Callanish is about a golden eagle in London Zoo and his struggles with captivity and freedom. It was Horwood's second novel about eagles, after the extraordinarily good ...
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In Maupassant's Bel-Ami, why would it be compromising for a magistrate to have been in (the) mixed committees?

In the second chapter of Part Two of Maupassant's novel Bel-Ami, Georges Duroy's wife turns out to have interesting connections that allow the couple to write newspaper articles that can make or break ...
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Meaning of “look about you: know you any here?” in “All's Well That Ends Well”

Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well, Act IV, Scene 3, contains the following line (Online Shakespeare, line 2390): so, look about you: know you any here? What is the meaning of these words?
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In “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, do opposites attract?

In Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, do opposites attract? or do similars attract? What evidence is there either way? I thought about how the characters are opposites in many ways, ...
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Poem criticising students' tendency to try to pry the one true meaning out of a poem

This site has received questions such as Two Interpretations of Robert Herrick's “To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time”, Interpretation of “The Catcher in the Rye” by J. D. Salinger (literally ...
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Who is Yossarian's pal?

In Catch-22, Chapter 41 ("Snowden"), Yossarian is under medical care after an attempt on his life. He's apparently fading in and out of consiousness at this point: Yossarian vomited, and Colonel ...
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In “Paradise Lost”, how can a fleet of ships “hang in the clouds”?

In book II of Paradise Lost, Milton makes an elaborate simile comparing Satan’s flight in Hell to the voyage of a fleet of ships in the Indian Ocean: Meanwhile the Adversary of God and Man, Satan ...
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Did Akutagawa Ryunosuke influence others?

Akutagawa Ryunosuke's suicide is considered the end of the literary tradition of the Taisho period (see the article "The Disintegrating Machinery of the Modern: Akutagawa Ryūnosuke's Late Writings"), ...
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What does it mean to have teeth in the English style?

In Chapter VI of Maupassant's novel Bel-Ami, the journalist Robert de Varenne describes the Baroness de Livar as follows (emphasis added): Une grande sèche, soixante ans, frisons faux, dents à l'...
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How do I read the Riordanverse in all of its glory? [duplicate]

I'm looking to basically binge read the Percy Jackson series and all the associated books in the Riordanverse and I already saw an answer about the read order but it doesn't seem to have been updated ...
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Is Maupassant referring to a ranking of duellists or shooters that existed in late nineteenth-century France?

In Chapter VII of the first part of Maupassant's novel Bel-Ami, the main character, Georges Duroy, is insulted by another journalist. The disagreement escalates and leads to a duel using pistols. ...
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Which first edition is the “true” first edition of a book?

I've come across books that have multiple first editions that were all published in the same year. For example, the Silmarillion was published in 1977 in a first UK edition, first export edition, and ...
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What is the narrative type used in “Harry Potter” called?

Is there a name of the type of narrative used in J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels, where the events are written about in third person but exclusively follows the perspective of Harry Potter? Only ...
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Meaning of “the throbbing air about him” in “The Fellowship of the Ring”?

This phrase is taken from The Fellowship of the Ring, book II, chapter 1 (page 261): At first the beauty of the melodies and of the interwoven words in elven-tongues, even though he understood them ...
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Summer Wine: what was the 'unfamiliar line' with which the girl reassured her lover?

The song "Summer Wine", written by Lee Hazlewood, describes a girl seducing a man with her 'summer wine'. At some point the man tells us "She reassured me with an unfamiliar line". What can it ...

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