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Rhett Butler's character archetype?

My question is about Gone with the Wind and is actually more about cinema than literature (I haven't read the book), but I think it might also be pertinent here. How would you call Rhett Butler's ...
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Did the SDS invent a new literary form?

In 1965 Arthur Waskow "asked [Paul Booth] whether anyone had ever considered the possibility that the New Left was inventing a 'new literary form.'" (Smoking Typewriters 21, McMillian 2011; ...
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Why is a special license needed to get married?

In a lot of historical romance novels (specifically those set in Regency England), people decide to get married very suddenly a lot of the time. You see this a lot in the marriage of convenience trope,...
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Why was an American diplomat's family considered the best place for the Antichrist?

In Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, the original master plan (foiled by dumb chance and human incompetence) was that the newly born Antichrist should be brought up in the family of the ...
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Plot points and structural analysis of Fifty Shades of Grey

Could someone be so kind and help me identify the structural points in Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James? Here is what I have so far: First Plot Point: She signs the contract. First Pinch Point: ...
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Why rename Kipling's poem “The Beginnings” to “The Wrath of the Awakened Saxon”?

Several white nationalist and neo-Nazi websites have published a modified version of Kipling's poem "The Beginnings." In the new version of the poem, the title was renamed to "THE WRATH ...
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Does Neil Gaiman's “Mouse” criticise abortion?

The short story "Mouse", collected among other places in Smoke and Mirrors, is about a man who is buying a trap to get rid of the mouse in his house. He doesn't want to kill the mouse, so he buys a ...
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Why did Virginia Woolf judge 'Success prompts to exertion; habit facilitates success' a 'man's sentence'?

From A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf: ‘Success prompts to exertion; habit facilitates success.’ That is a man's sentence; behind it one can see Johnson, Gibbon and the rest. It was a sentence ...
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The Mirror of Erised, gnica psno itp ircs ni

The inscription on the Mirror of Erised reads Erised stra ehru oyt ube cafru oyt on wohsi which reads "ishow no tyo urfac ebu tyo urhe arts desirE" backwards. I'm okay that the punctuation ends ...
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Type of book written by L.M Alcott

Somewhere or other, many years ago, I read that there was a name for the type of book written by the likes of L.M. Alcott. That they were a backlash against the novels of the time and meant to teach ...
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What does this quote from The Great Gatsby mean?

Here's the quote: My commutation ticket came back to me with a dark stain from his hand. That any one should care in this heat whose flushed lips he kissed, whose head made damp the pajama ...
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What does “atomies” mean here?

In Walt Whitman's The Voice of the Rain from his book Leaves of Grass, he writes: I descend to lave the droughts, atomies, dust-layers of the globe... What does "atomies" mean here? I could ...
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Why is Spider silent?

Sound is a major defining component of The Woman in Black: many of the imaginary and semi-present elements of the performance get explicit sound cues. They're a diegetic conceit of the framing device, ...
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Why is “On Most Surfaces” titled the way that it is given that only one surface appears in the song itself?

Loosely related: Are there two separate narrators in "On Most Surfaces" by The Gathering? The song On Most Surfaces by The Gathering (on their Nighttime Birds album) has the following ...
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Are there two separate narrators in “On Most Surfaces” by The Gathering?

On Most Surfaces By The Gathering (from their Nighttime Birds album) has the following lyrics: The frost hits me in the eye and wakes me These are blurry winters and I cannot see I walk into ...
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Can music be considered literature?

This is based off of a recent meta debate. Although something being literature - or not being literature - does not automatically make something on or off topic, this is an interesting question that ...
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How can I find Wally?

I'm trying to work my way through Where's Wally? The Fantastic Journey by Martin Handford. But I got stuck on the first page! Could you give me some advice on how to find Wally? Where should I start ...
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What are the ways academics have defined literature over the years?

One of the things that we've learned through this site's scope discussions is that literature has a very subjective definition. I'm curious how academics define and have defined literature. Is there ...
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Can absence of information be considered a stylistic choice?

In The Road by Cormac McCarthy the names of the man and the boy are never revealed. Would this technically be considered a stylistic choice of the author? I pulled up a definition and it says "Style ...
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Meaning of Rumi's quote “Lo, for I to myself am unknown, now in God's name what must I do?”

I really like this quote but didn't get its correct meaning. My deduction is - One is asking God that what should he do when he didn't know himself at first. What is the meaning of Rumi's quote "Lo, ...
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Why do some books have colors on the edges of the pages?

On some books, I've noticed that they have colors on the edges of the pages. For instance, on my Tikkun: And on a G'mara (part of the Talmud): What is the point of these colors? Are they only found ...
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Why did Mama put the poison in his tea?

In the novel Purple Hibiscus, Mama kills Papa by putting poison in the tea that he shared with his children, which is not lost on Kambilli. “Why did you put it in his tea?” I asked Mama, rising. My ...
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In Peter and the Wolf, why is Peter represented by a String quartet?

Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf is a combination of a children's story and a musical composition. A narrator narrates the story while an orchestra plays the corresponding music. According to ...
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Is Bob Dylan's “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” supposed to be uplifting or mournful?

I've become interested in Bob Dylan's song "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall", which I find perplexing and hard to make sense of. Looking at the lyrics, it seems that there is quite a bit of ambiguity as to ...
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To what extent was literary criticism being applied to scientific works at the time Darwin's Plots was written?

I'm reading Gillian Beer's Darwin's Plots: Evolutionary Narrative in Darwin, George Eliot and Nineteenth-Century Fiction. This book is essentially a work of literary criticism of Darwin's theory of ...
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What does Pudd'nhead Wilson's joke about half a dog mean?

In Pudd'nhead Wilson, by Mark Twain, the character David Wilson makes a remark that results in the townspeople writing him off as a "pudd'nhead". He had just made the acquaintance of a group of ...
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Story about father who looks through microscope for the first time

I'm trying to figure out the name of this story that I remember reading in 2nd grade (2002). Here are the only details I remember: There is a child who is going to school and his father, who is an ...
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Did Evelyn Waugh see himself as a conservative author, and/or did others categorize him as such?

Directly Did he openly and directly declare himself belonging to the conservative tradition? Indirectly or did he do it indirectly through his view of human nature and his choice of themes in his ...
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What is the name of that book which talks of a friend of Krishna called Chhandak?

I read in a book having seven parts/volumes that there was a friend of Krishna called Chhandak who was always with Krishna. It also talked about someone who could not speak but wanted to learn flute ...
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Why is the phrase “go a long way to explain” used in “The Sign and the Seal”?

The quote from "The Sign and The Seal" by Graham Hancock: "If this had been what had happened then it would undoubtedly go a long way to explain the strangely menacing suggestion to the King of ...
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Why is the moon “angry” in e e cummings' “the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls”?

The e e cummings poem "the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls" mocks the titular ladies for their small-minded domesticity. The last four lines read: .... the Cambridge ladies do not care,...
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Identify Chesterton's story in which a character wants people to be cheerful but ends up committing suicide

An Internet-article (in Russian) refers to рассказ Честертона, в котором герой, требующий от окружающих постоянно быть весёлыми, не выдержал собственных требований, спился и покончил с собой the ...
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Does Hotel California imply that people aren't capable of changing?

I've heard a variety of interpretations of Hotel California by The Eagles: the "high life" in Los Angeles, a journey from innocence to experience, greed in the music industry, drug addiction. (...
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Where is the setting of “A Hawk in Silver” based on?

The sci-fi/fantasy author Mary Gentle's first novel, A Hawk in Silver, is set in the small town of 'Surcombe' on the south coast of England. Although Surcombe is fictional, the description of it is so ...
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Why didn't Hamlet's modifications to the theater troupe's play “tip off” anyone else?

When a theater troupe visits Hamlet's castle, he makes some... rather pointed changes to their show, which now includes a murder much like the one his uncle performed. Why didn't anyone else (...
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Are modern editions of the Koran still written in the original form of Arabic?

The Koran, the most important sacred text of Islam, was originally written in Arabic, and some Muslims argue that it should only be read in Arabic, as translating it to other languages would mar the ...
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Why does the Reeve ride at the end of the procession?

In Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, we're told that the Reeve always rides at the end of the procession of pilgrims going to Canterbury: And evere he rood the hyndreste of oure route. (line 622; ...
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Why did the animals in Animal Farm confess to their crimes?

One of the things that I did not understand about Animal Farm is why the animals, after the hen's rebellion, simply came forward to confess their crimes. Napoleon offers no incentive for coming ...
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Why Night and Time?

In The Sandman - Overture #5 we learn that two entities who were not seen before (in the original run). If there was any doubt that Night and Time are the parents of all the Endless, this post by ...
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What is the evidence supporting the idea that Aegon (young Griff) is a Blackfyre?

I have read all of ASoIaF, and even though he gets limited time on the page, people love to speculate about young Griff, aka Aegon Targaryen. Apart from the fact that most people had assumed him ...
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Does “Kokopelli's Flute” correctly depict Kokopelli?

In chat, @BESW taught me that there is a certain way that Kokopelli - a Native American god - must be depicted. In Kokopelli's Flute, Kokopelli is shown as both an old man named Cricket and an ...
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Why are “Heaven” and “Las Vegas” contrasted in “Heaven or Las Vegas”?

While the Cocteau Twins are known for their mumbled lyrics (to the point that there's sometimes debate about exactly what's being sung), the song Heaven or Las Vegas (from the album of the same name) ...
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What parallels can be drawn between Hunger Games characters and their classical namesakes?

In the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar, the minor character of "Cinna the poet" is brutally killed by an angry mob who mistake him for Cinna the conspirator. When he protests, "I am Cinna the poet", ...
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Is Don Henley equating himself with upper-middle-class suburbia in “The Boys of Summer”?

The Boys of Summer by Don Henley contains the following lyrics: Out on the road today, I saw a DEADHEAD sticker on a Cadillac A little voice inside my head said, "Don't look back. You can never ...
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In Pride and Prejudice, what is meant by the phrase 'at York'?

In Chaper 20 of Pride and Prejudice, after Lizzy refuses to marry Mr Collins, Mrs Bennet says of her: "There she comes... looking as unconcerned as may be, and caring no more for us than if we ...
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Why is the Actor Kipps, and Kipps the Actor?

The stage directions for Mallatratt's The Woman in Black indicate that the middle-aged man, "whose name is Kipps, will not be referred to as 'Kipps' but as 'Actor'--even though he clearly isn't one," ...
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Why do some books warn that books with missing covers may be unauthorised?

I've noticed that a lot of my books contain a warning that if the book is missing a cover, it may be unauthorized. For example, the copyright page of my copy of George R R Martin's Clash of Kings ...
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How does Mazrim Taim's timeline work out?

Warning: spoilers follow for the Wheel of Time series, including the last few books! We know that Demandred recruited Mazrim Taim for the Shadow, but when exactly did this happen in Rand's timeline? ...
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Why are the bears bulgy?

Among the diverse characters introduced in Prince Caspian during Caspian's tour of the Old Narnians are three bears known as the "Bulgy Bears". What exactly does it mean for them to be bulgy? It's not ...
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What's the significance of Liza-Lu?

In Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles, the character Liza-Lu (Tess's sister) plays a very minor background role throughout most of the novel, until near the very end when Tess says she wants ...

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