Cliff Notes

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11/27/98 To Kill A Mockingbird By, Harper Lee Symbolism "I'd rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want , if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." This is what Atticus Finch tells his children after they are given air-rifles for Christmas. Uniquely, the title of the classic novel by Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird, was taken from this passage. At first glance, one may wonder why Harper Lee

The best way for teenagers and parents to resolve their conflict. Last Friday night Mike wanted to borrow his parents car to go to a party at his friends house, he asked his mom and dad, but they told him no. He really wanted to go to the party but didn't have a way to get there. He offered to do work for them for use of the car, but they still said no. They had been through this before, so his mom didn't even bother to start to explain why not. His mom was a nurse at the hosp

Hesiod once said, "He for himself weaves woe who weaves for others woe" expressing the belief that those who bring sorrow to others are also bringing sorrow upon themselves. Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights seems to validate Hesiod's idea of the disastrous consequences of hate and revenge. Bronte suggests that revenge brings uhuappiness to all involved, including those who seek it. Certainly, the victims of a revengeful attack suffer from the pain and grief that their enemies have thrust upon th

A Eulogy to O-lan What is loyalty? Loyalty by definition means being constant and faithful in any relation or obligation implying trust of confidence. The type of people who are loyal are those showing selflessness towards others. Being loyal does not mean turning one's back on others when in trouble or need. The loyal and dedicated wife, O-lan, retained this selfless quality throughout her lifetime with Wang Lung. There were countless times with Wang Lung in which O-lan de

In the novel, Fools Crow, supernatural powers played a large role. Throughout the story, all the characters were affected by a supernatural element. These elements affected some characters more than others. The main character, Fools Crow, believed in supernatural powers and in his heritage more than any other member of his tribe did. His life was changed several times due to his belief in supernatural powers. In Fools Crow's first horse raid, then called White Man's Dog, he thought that

In the novel, Things Fall Apart, the families play different roles than those of today's families. The men, women, and children all had various chores and activities that people do not do today. The main character, Okonkwo, was the leading male of his household. This means he controls and tells everyone else in his immediate family what to do. Males were more dominant in their society. Even young males had more power than young females. Okonkwo felt such superiority over his wives and chi

Separate Peace What really happened in the tree? Gene and Finny were very good friends; however, whatever happened in the tree the day the Finny "fell" out, is the actual cause of Gene. In fact, Finny did not fall out of the tree, but Gene had actually pushed him out. Gene had very good reasons to push him out. He pushed him out of jealousy for two things. For athleticism, and for his popularity, and also for his ability to talk his way out of anything.. First, Finny was a very at

The book Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, has aroused great controversy about the actions its two main characters, Victor and his creature. Victor's alienation from society is what formed his creation. His creator left him to be rejected by the rest of society. Victor judged the creature for his immoral actions when the world had not taught any better. The creature's desire for revenge is roused by his rejection. The creature is not the monster, rather is the creator. Frankenstein's own al

The Similarities of "The Gettysburg Address" and "Speech in the Virginia Convention" In Abraham Lincoln's famous speech, "The Gettysburg Address", Lincoln uses emotional appeal, persuasive traits, and powerful diction to make one of the most well known and respected speeches of our time. Also the "Speech in the Virginia Convention" by Patrick Henry is similar to Lincoln's speech in all the same ways. Both of these speeches have similar characteristics, all of which contribute to their effecti

Lord of the Flies With evil lurking around every corner, it became harder and harder to find a good soul on the mysterious island. In William Golding's Lord of the Flies that one good soul was found in Piggy. He wasn't violent and he was one of the only boys who tried to keep all of the other children civil by mimicking adults. Although Piggy had physical limitations that some say "prevented" Piggy from joining the other boys in savagery; he never possessed and evil spirit like Jack, Roger,