Tutor profile: Alyssa M.
Pick one of your favorite works of literature and picture it as a door. Describe the door.
John Milton's Paradise Lost: A soft melodic sound draws me closer. There is a door behind me. This door has a soft halo of light thrown around its borders. It is like not door I have ever seen, it most certainly has its unique qualities. Glowing ivory bars make a gate blocking the plain wooden door behind. Vines and branches snake over and around the bars making it appear lush. From the tendrils hang little golden orbs that made even the fluorescent lighting reflect beautifully. The door is a lavish garden bathed in sunlight, a calm and peaceful smattering of heavenly and earthy tones. The soft melody that the door radiates is complimented by a faint rustling in the lowest vines. The glow is not as bright near that sound; I look to investigate, suddenly the tail of a serpent flicks by drawing my attention to the biggest of the glowing orbs. Was this the handle? Seeing no other discernable way to open the door I feel compelled to touch it. I want to feel its warmth, know its secrets—taste it? I kneel and reach out. Once I grasp the orb I brace for my punishment, but nothing comes. The vines retreat back into the wood, the gates part, and the serpent fades into a wooden carving that dons the bottom of the otherwise bare wooden door. The melody stops and the door opens.
Many literary works can often act as a critique on the society in which the work was written, whether that be obvious or hidden. Please identify one such piece of literature briefly describe the premise and outline the social critique.
The Outsiders, writer by S.E. Hinton, is a perfect example of a novel that provides a social critique. The novel and the critique are set in the 1950's and tells the story of Ponyboy, his brothers, and his friends and their struggle with growing up on the "wrong side of the tracks." It is a coming of age story, but throughout the novel Hinton emphasizes the large gap between the classes in American society at the time. She is able to achieve this through the conflict between the "greasers," the group Ponyboy and his friends belong to, and the rich "socs." However, throughout the book she is ultimately able to show that even though the wage gap exists, the people from each group really are not that different from one another. In this way the novel is able to successfully provide a social critique for class struggles in 1950's America.
Subject: World History
Please identify what the Berlin Conference was and describe how outcome of the Berlin Conference has affected Africa.
The Berlin Conference was organized by German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck in the late 1800's. It consisted of a series of meetings beginning in 1884 and ending in 1885. The conference hosted 14 European powers, as well as the United States, and was designed to establish the way in which Africa would be divided for colonization. It is a direct catalyst to what became known as the "Scramble for Africa" and led to the establishment of many European colonies across Africa for the better part of the 20th century. As a result of the conference, by the early 1900's Africa had been successfully divided into 50 European run states and doomed the continent to suffer decades of colonial rule. The colonization also had grave lasting effects and even though many African nations gained independence in the 1950's they still feel the outcome of the Berlin Conference. These states created in the conference gave no consideration for previous native borders and peoples. Thus political turmoil and violent struggles effect Africa even now,
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