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Tutor profile: Jacob S.

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Jacob S.
Boston College student with two majors and one minor
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Subject: Writing

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Why is good writing important, no matter your career or field of study?

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Answer:

Good writing is extremely important in any profession or area of study. Obviously, to do well on papers or essays, one must be a good writer. You must be able to articulate your thoughts clearly, but you must also write in a way that is interesting and compelling to read. If no one wants to read what you've written, whether it is because of your spelling, grammar, or style, then your ideas will never be communicated to others. Those working in scientific fields must be able to write just as well as lawyers, accountants, writers, or teachers. When you communicate with others in your field or with your clients, in lab reports, studies, research, or simply emails, the other person must understand what you are saying. It is even better if they can understand it easily. It is easy to better one's writing, but it is an invaluable skill.

Subject: Literature

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Why does Elizabeth Bennet reject the marriage proposal of Mr. Collins in Pride and Prejudice, and what does this plot point allow Jane Austen to do?

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Elizabeth rejects Mr. Collins' proposal, first and foremost, because she does not love him. She does not wish to be married to an annoying and grating man like her cousin, Mr. Collins. She does not want to be a subservient wife, to clean and keep his house, and to exist solely for his pleasure. Elizabeth wants more from life, and more from her future husband. Austen uses this to develop Elizabeth's character. The reader begins to identify with her desire for love and happiness, and her annoyance with Mr. Collins. She becomes a more complex and nuanced character, rather than the two-dimensional and static Mr. Collins. This complexity of emotion and thought allows for Austen to continue the story and progress her romance with Mr. Darcy.

Subject: English

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Give a work that exemplifies satire and explain the way that the work employs this device, and to what effect.

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Answer:

Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal" is a quintessential example of satire. This literary device is often employed comedically, but not always. It is used to draw attention to something in reality by stretching it to the extreme. In this piece, Swift makes the case that poor Irish people might make money by selling their extra children to rich English people for food. Clearly, Swift does not actually believe that child cannibalism is the answer to the economic woes of the Irish or that the rich English would desire to eat them. Instead, he is abstracting the poverty of the Irish and the ruthlessness of the rich English to such a degree that it seems ridiculous (and comical, if viewed in the right light). In this way, he satirizes the economic state of the two countries and of the strict division of social class.

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