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Why is there so much technical detail of whaling included in Moby-Dick?

45 votes

Why must "she" perform impossible tasks in order to be "a true love of mine" in "Scarborough Fair"?

44 votes

How did Shakespeare get away with staging witchcraft in his plays such as Othello, Macbeth, or The Tempest?

36 votes
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How could Thorin and co. journey all the way to Erebor without discussing how to deal with Smaug?

35 votes
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If Tolkien disliked allegory, why are there so many allegorical readings of The Lord of the Rings?

30 votes
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How did Leo Tolstoy approve Maude's English translation of War and Peace? Did he speak good English already?

28 votes
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Why are all the schoolchildren referred to as guns in Clint Smith's "The Gun"?

27 votes
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"Miss" as a form of address to a married teacher in Bethan Roberts' "My Policeman"

24 votes
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Why Pallas in "The Raven"?

23 votes

What does living "in a very small way" mean?

22 votes

Why is Gravity’s Rainbow considered postmodern, yet Finnegans Wake is not?

21 votes
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Why did T.S. Eliot compare “waiting for death” with “a feather on the back of the hand"?

21 votes
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The meaning of "The rest is silence" in "Hamlet"

20 votes

What's the significance of "Oranges and Lemons" in 1984?

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Is Doctor Adams a self-insertion in Watership Down?

18 votes
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How might Shakespeare have become familiar with Dante's work?

17 votes
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Does "Animal Farm" explicitly state anywhere in the text that it is in fact a political allegory?

17 votes
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Is Macbeth or Lady Macbeth the real villain in Shakespeare's play?

16 votes
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What does this excerpt from "To Kill a Mockingbird" about Atticus shooting the dog mean?

16 votes

Definition of "Victorian vandal"

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What was the irony of the end of Lord of The Flies?

14 votes

Did Dante plagiarize the Divine Comedy from Kitab al-Miraj?

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What kind of letters is "many an unexpected letter that WOL had written to himself"?

14 votes

Why does Ray Bradbury use "flounder" for an action with a positive outcome?

13 votes

What rough beast slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

13 votes
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Could Shelob have kept the ring for herself?

12 votes

Why is Christopher Marlowe considered an atheist?

12 votes

Why did Dickens write A Christmas Carol

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Is the name Crowley in Good Omens a reference to the famous occultist?

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What was Koestler's opinion of Hardy's translation of Darkness at Noon?

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