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Tutor profile: Elyse S.

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Elyse S.
writing tutor for three years at Middlesex County College
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Subject: Literature

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Can the reader understand Victor Frankenstein as the bad father, and can he be somewhat related to God in the book of Genesis throwing his children to an unknown world?

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Answer:

Yes, Victor Frankenstein created his monster who was quite innocent and wanted so desperately to belong to a world with a mate. He needed peace, and all his creator did was destroy his soul by abandoning him and leaving his creation to seek revenge. In Genesis, God created Adam and Eve only to through them out to see the real world. We certainly can look at this part of the myth as reality for the man and woman, but on the other hand, they were not prepared for the hardships that they would encounter once leaving the Garden of Eden.

Subject: Film and Theater

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Although Shakespear's "The Tempest" was written around 1611. The notion of self and others is profoundly alluded to in the play. Do you think that Caliban represents the other. Prospero refers to him as an animal, a slave, and a fish like creature. Does this play introduce colonialism and why?

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Answer:

This play is certainly representative of colonialism. There is a constant fight between the European conquerors, Prospero in particular, with Caliban. There are many allusions to the beautiful environment of the island which Prospero's survivors have never experienced and would like to bring home its bounty. Immediately, Caliban is judged as a monster who must learn the ways of civilized man.

Subject: English

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In Toni Morrison's "Beloved" an apparition who Setha names Beloved emerges from the water completely dressed in black. Why did Ms. Morrison feel that a "ghost" should appear in this very psychological slave narrative?

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Answer:

It is possible that Beloved, who appears eighteen years after Setha killed her child is the catalyst for healing Setha's pain, her daughter Denver's isolation and Paul D's inability to relate to Setha's love. Beloved was able to utilize her healing power by asking many questions about Setha's mother, who never had the opportunity to nurse her baby. Denver was able to stop blaming her mother for the killing of the child once she comes to terms with Setha's pain, and Paul D,. who has been wandering aimlessly for many years with a giant hole in his heart, is coaxed by Beloved to have sex--which opens his heart to be capable of love. Beloved does disappear, but she does heal to a degree, The memories of slavery exists in all three people, and II believe that Ms. Morrison was conveing a message of never forgetting.

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