Literature Classics

Works of fiction that have so affected the thinking and culture of a world that they have withstood the passage of time and history. Many are required reading in literature classes throughout the world.

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What is the definition of epiphany?

Epiphany means "manifestation", often of divine power. Christians celebrate 6 January as Epiphany because it's considered the day the three Wise men (Magi) visited Jesus in Bethlehem, with their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. The other reason it's called Epiphany is because it signified the revelation of God to mankind in human form.

According to the Bible, on the night when Christ was born, three kings (it is assumed there were three because there were three gifts, but it could have been any number) saw a bright star and followed it to Bethlehem where they found the Christ child. It is interesting to note that, by the time they found the child He was no longer a baby but probably aged between eighteen months and two years old, and he was found in a house, not as a newborn babe in a manger, as He is commonly depicted.

It's not known when January 6 was actually set as the day to celebrate Epiphany. It is thought to have been some time after the fourth century, after December 25 was adopted by the Western Christian Church as the date for celebrating Christ's birth. Epiphany then became the ending of the celebration of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

These days, the term "epiphany" has come to mean "realisation" or sudden insight or revelation, that is often a catalyst to change in a person's life or actions.

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Beowulf

How much time does the epic Beowulf span?

Over 50 years.

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Books and Literature
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Charles Dickens

What would Mr Wemmick tell a person who protested Mr Jaggers' fees?

Find another lawyer!

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Ernest Hemingway
Banned and Challenged Books
The Old Man and the Sea

How many sharks eat santiago's fish in The Old Man and the Sea?

its awesomwe that every shark only eats one i live close in the beach

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What motivates Achilleus in his battle with Hektor?

He seeks revenge for the death of his friend Patroklus.

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Who are Athos Parthos and Arama?

Three musketeers from Alexancer Duma's novel

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What country is Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves set in?

persia

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An Arabian Nights story title is 'The Story of the Enchanted .....'?

== ==

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How was Jonas able to get a job in The Jungle?

a man had benn killed on the job

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Who stole silas gold in the book silas marner?

Dunstan Cass,,

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William Shakespeare
Plays
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What is meant by And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy in The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare?

The full quotation is:

Your honour's players, hearing your amendment,

Are come to play a pleasant comedy;

For so your doctors hold it very meet,

Seeing too much sadness hath congeal'd your blood,

And melancholy is the nurse of frenzy.

Therefore they thought it good you hear a play

And frame your mind to mirth and merriment,

Which bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.

In other words, watching a funny play is good for your health. To understand the medical theory going on here, you have to know something about the four humours, especially the black bile and blood. These two substances were supposed to regulate a person's temperament and behaviour: lots of blood made a person sanguine, happy, optimistic, but lots of black bile made a person melancholic, depressed and unhappy. The diagnosis is that "too much sadness hath congeal'd [Sly's] blood" which stops the blood from making him happy. His melancholy is taking over.

Psychiatry was easier then.

The messenger here employs a metaphor: he says melancholy is a nurse to frenzy. In the same way as a nurse helps a person grow strong and healthy, melancholy encourages and strengthens frenzied, desperate and erratic behaviour.

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Jane Austen
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Jane Eyre

Why are the names of places in Jane Austin and the book Jane Eyre blocked out with a hyphen example... -shire?

Because they don't exsist. Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte were both using fictional places, so instead of making up names and taking away from the reality of the books, they did as was the custom during that time and just ignored the first part of the name.

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Mark Twain
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Short Stories

Why did Mark Twain leave school?

His dad died and he had to support his family

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William Shakespeare
Plays
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When did taming of the shrew take place?

William Shakepeare wrote the story in 1590-1594. It is not based on any real life events.

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Christmas
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Charles Dickens

What is the life span of the Ghost of Christmas present?

One day

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Mice and Rats
Lions
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Is there a lion and the rat story?

The classic story is about the lion and the mouse. Ah, yes, "The Mouse that Roared".

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The Great Gatsby
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Describe the meeting between Gatsby and daisy why was he so nervous?

Gatsby is nervous because he wants Nick to agree to his plan of inviting Daisy over for tea at first, Gatsby knocks Nick's clock over. After he leaves the two alone for half an hour, radiantly happy-Daisy shedding tears of joy and Gatsby glowing.

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Literary Awards
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The Catcher in the Rye

What do the ducks symbolize in the cather in the rye?

Constancy. Something that can be relied upon. Something that isn't "phony".

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Books and Literature
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What makes grace pool and Mr. Rochester mysterious?

They are both mysterious because they are somewhat unknown. Mr Rochester dresses up as a gypsy and otherwise "hides" himself and his emotions. Jane does not know all of Rochester's past and he has very strong passions, both of which are considered dangerous in the novel. Similarly, Jane finds Grace strange and does not understand her. Also, Grace represents Bertha, Jane thinks Grace makes the strange noises that are actually Bertha, who is painted as a violent lunatic and a sexually deviant woman.

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Classic Movies
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Wizard of Oz

How many bricks in the yellow brick road?

Given that the yellow brick road is fictitious, you can answer anything you like!

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The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice

Who dies in the end of Othello?

Othello, Desdemona, Roderigo and Emilia.

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Don Quixote

Was Don Quixote made into a film?

Yes. It starred Jon Lithgow and Bob Hoskins as the eponymous Don and Sancho Panza respectively.

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Anne Frank
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Pride and Prejudice

What is a classic novel?

War and Peace - Lev 'Leo' Tolstoy

Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife

The Pickwick Papers

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Gulliver's Travels

What is the chief subject of conversation between gulliver and the king of brodingnag?

As is outlined in chapter six of Book II of Gulliver's Travels, the main conversation between Gulliver and the King consists of Gulliver relating the governmental and court structure of England, and the King remarking upon it. They debate this subject quite extensively during five separate conversations. They also discuss the social classes, habits, and affairs of the English people.

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What is the rising action of daniel's story-carol matas?

It is when Daniel and all of the Jews are free from the Germans and Nazis.:)

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