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Bob P.
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Writing
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Question:

from The Great Gatsby: Notice how many times Fitzgerald refers to the grey color in the first paragraph in Chapter Two. Explain his purpose in repeating this color. How does this color help convey the mood?

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Answer:

Fitzgerald's purpose in using the color grey is to describe setting and the characters who live there. For example, in the first sentence of the chapter, Fitzgerald describes the setting as, "a certain desolate area of land. This is a valley of ashes". Fitzgerald continues to use the color to describe the people who live there. The author sates, "the ash-grey men swarm up". The color grey is associated with lifelessness. As ashes are grey, the reader immediately gets the impression that the area and people are both lifeless, which creates a dark mood for this setting.

Shakespeare
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Question:

Identify and explain two examples of dramatic irony in Act III, Sc. I of "Romeo and Juliet"

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Answer:

When Romeo meets Mercutio and Benvolio in 3.1, the audience knows that he is newly married to Juliet. However, these two characters are unaware of this event. As a matter of fact, they are unaware that Romeo has even met Juliet. Another example is when Tybalt arrives to try to fight Romeo over attending the party at the Capulet's house, uninvited, in Act II. When Tybalt calls Romeo a "Villain", Romeo's response is, "I do protest I never injured thee/... And so, good Capulet, which name I tender/As dearly as mine own, be satisfied". The dramatic irony lies in the fact that the audience knows that Romeo has already married Juliet, yet Tybalt has no knowledge of this, and cannot understand what Romeo means when he says that he loves him.

Literature
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Question:

In the novella, Of Mice and Men, what type of imagery does the author use to describe Lennie in the first chapter. Provide two examples.

Bob P.
Answer:

Steinbeck uses a lot of animal imagery to describe Lennie. For example, in chapter one, Lennie is introduced to the reader as "a huge man...dragging his feet a little, the way a bear drags his paws". A few sentences later, Steinbeck describes the act of Lennie drinking water by writing, "His huge companion... flung himself down and...drank with long gulps, snorting into the water like a horse". Because these two images are the first descriptions the reader gets of Lennie, it immediately makes him animal-like in the mind of the reader.

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