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Tutor profile: Emma C.

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Emma C.
English/ Language Arts Tutor; English and Philosophy Graduate
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Subject: Writing

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Question:

What is a good structure for a thesis essay?

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Answer:

The introduction comes first, offering insight to the topic of the thesis. It should be both engaging and tied to the things discussed within the paper. The thesis sentence should be introduced towards the end of the introductory paragraph and outline what the paper argues and in what order the argument is carried out. Following the intro paragraph are the body paragraphs. Each body paragraph should be focused around one central claim, introduced in a topic sentence and backed up by evidence. Last comes the conclusion, which sums up what you have written, and restates the thesis in a new light and contains implications for the future of your topic.

Subject: Shakespeare

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In Act 2 scene 4 of Macbeth, there are a series of unnatural events that take place such the darkening of the skies during the daytime, horses eating each other and a reversal of the natural hunting order (owls hunting falcons instead of the other way around). How does this scene relate to the events of the play?

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These changes in the environment are both supernatural and unnatural. The supernatural tone of the events relates to the supernatural nature of the witches who forecast Macbeth's future. The supernatural keeps popping up in the play to show us that what is going on is dark and scary and keep us questioning whether or not Macbeth has any free will or if he was fated into this murderous path. The witches have told Macbeth the future, but his choices bring him to each of the things they have predicted. The struggle of fate vs. free will is a central motif of the play. The unnatural makes us uncomfortable and uneasy, it serves as both a reflection on the betrayal of Macbeth killing his king and a foreshadowing of the trouble to come.

Subject: English

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Question:

In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the creature Dr. Frankenstein creates is seen as a monstrosity by everyone in the story including the creature himself, but as readers we can feel sympathy for him. Do you feel sympathy for the creature? In what ways is he a sympathetic character? Find textual evidence to support your claim.

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The creature is a sympathetic character because he is ostracized from the human world and his life was thrust upon him by a flawed creator who abandons him for no reason other than Victor believes his own creation to be ugly, and therefore monstrous. The creature is lonely and sad, and does not know what his purpose is, and this is a relatable predicament for human beings. The creature's monologue in Volume II Chapter VIII demonstrates how the creature is a sympathetic character when he laments his own creation and divulges suicidal urges and at the end of the chapter, the creature reveals that he is lonely and unable to approach any human being without terrifying them. He is utterly alone and forsaken, and any hatred the creature bears towards men is a byproduct of his abandonment by his own creator, so he is sympathetic because he appeals to our human familiarity with loneliness and abandonment.

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