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Does the description of Eustace's parents fit some known stereotype?
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I believe Lewis meant readers to assume the Scrubb family were adherents of scientism. There's only a small amount of evidence for this in Dawn Treader itself, but it makes sense in light of his ...

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What is the deeper meaning of "The Tyger"?
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This answer is somewhat of a generalization of my self answer to Why did the stars throw down their spears? where I ended up analyzing most of the poem to explain the meaning of one particular, ...

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Why does A Wind in the Door contradict A Wrinkle in Time on conformity?
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The Time books use a lot of Christian imagery, so there is probably also an explanation in terms of religious parallels, but for this answer I've adopted a purely character-based interpretation. Meg's ...

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For and Against different Reading Orders for Narnia
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I first read the books in the chronological ordering when I was about five. And that, I think, makes a big difference, because to a five-year-old, The Magician's Nephew is a slog. I didn't understand ...

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Why did the stars throw down their spears?
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One approach to interpreting these lines is to read them semi-literally: the tiger is such a fearsome creature that even the stars themselves threw down their weapons rather than face it, and wept at ...

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What does Old Major in Animal Farm represent?
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I've always thought of Old Major as representing Vladimir Lenin. Old Major is the figure with the vision and ideology who inspires the other animals and kicks off the revolution, then dies and leaves ...

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What is the significance of the anisotropic highway and the skeleton of a fascist chained to a machine gun?
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I interpreted the scene with the highway and the skeleton as a subtle bit of foreshadowing. It'll take some inference to get there, so bear with me if you will. The highway is the progress of history ...

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How do I analyze the stress/unstress in this Stephen King based novel?
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In spoken languages there's an idea of "stressed" and "unstressed" syllables. A stressed syllable is pronounced with more force and emphasis. In English there are words like "...

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Why does the cat call the children 'dear little things' if they treat the cat badly?
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He's most likely being sarcastic. I'm having trouble finding anywhere else where the cat uses that kind of direct sarcasm, but such sarcasm definitely fits with the style of ironic verbal abuse that ...

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Why should a teacher's cat care less about human robbery?
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The passage ahead of this is implying, by showing how the cats react to the cruelty of humans, that the cats take on the traits of their human masters. Miss Blanche, who lives with the military man, ...

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What's the point of the sandy beach in "A Dream Within a Dream"?
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One thing that immediately struck me on reading the poem is how the two stanzas seem to form an argument and a counterargument. The first stanza ends with the assertion "All that we see or seem / Is ...

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