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Apathy toward history can be overcome with a good piece of historical fiction. Let these famous historical fiction authors assist you in your quest to change historically poor attitudes toward one of school’s most important subjects.
Are you having trouble understanding symbolism in your English class? This guide provides a crash course on what a symbol is and how author’s use them to prove a point or magnify meaning. Find links to in depth analysis of symbolism in novels, short stories, poems and plays.
Junior and Senior English can involve some fairly complicated concepts, and can send readers through some difficult novels and plays. These study guides can help you get past some of the tougher areas and succeed in your classes.
“A” is for adultery in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s classic novel of faith and faithlessness. How well do you know “The Scarlet Letter”? Are you ready for that American Literature quiz? Test yourself and find out!
Poetry is a form of human artistic expression that is, almost literally, as old as the hills. But poetry can also be confusing and perplexing because it is so multi-faceted. Whether you love poetry, or are just trying to survive your High School English class, these resources should help.
Are you going through a brain-bending Shakespeare play in your English class? Sick and tired of trying to interpret the language on your own? Use one of our nifty study guides to help you understand plot, theme, characters and symbolism of Shakespeare’s most commonly taught plays.
The story of a small group of elderly animals, “The Bremen Town Musicians” is a simple story, but like any Grimm’s Fairy Tale it has a moral. Gain an understanding of how this fairy tale provides commentary on every day life.
“The Lottery” is remarkable it its transition from a simple story of small town America into a disturbing horror story. It does this through a slow rise in the action as the reader begins to understand the odd events are not just strange to them but very sinister.
One of most interesting parts of “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is simply trying to understand what the symbols in the story mean. These symbols include the lottery itself, tools used in the lottery and even the people of the town.
Robert Frost poems are singular for their deceptive simplicity. “The Road Not Taken” is a pretty poem about nature, but with much deeper symbolic meaning. Note, this is one person’s analysis and others may come to different conclusions.
The Hobbit is filled with memorable quotes, and many of them are instantly recognizable. Tolkien also wrote a number of songs and some poetry in the book. Here are some of the best and most well known, placed in context.
Robin “Birdy” Perry had no idea what to expect when he shipped off for Iraq. Once there, he learns about friendship, trust, loss and fear. Most of all, he learns a greater appreciation for his life in Harlem. War changes him forever, in ways he knows can’t be undone.