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Tutor profile: Shawn W.

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Shawn W.
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Subject: Writing

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Question:

Write an example of a passive sentence and an active sentence and explain the differences.

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Answer:

A passive sentence, or passive voice, is a sentence in which the subject is a recipient of the verb's action. For example, "Yarn is loved by cats." The subject, cats, is receiving the verb, the yarn, rather than the subject pursuing the verb. An active sentence, or active voice, has a subject that acts on the verb, rather than receiving it. For example, "Cats love yarn." The sentence is tighter and more concise, and suggests a declaration rather than a generalization.

Subject: Literature

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What is an example of one similarity between Victor Frankenstein and the Creature in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"?

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Both Victor and the Creature express a desire to love. Despite being composed of body parts, the Creature does demand a partner like himself, although Victor is hesitant to be complicit in the operation. Victor, however, scared of two of his creations bring free in the world, destroys the female creature before she is brought to life, maddening the Creature. Seeing that his one chance at love has been lost, he vows to destroy the people Victor loves and cares for. He does, in fact, keep his promise, as he strangles Victor's fiancee, Elizabeth, the night before their wedding. The Creature, feeling that if he cannot love, Victor shall not love either, taunts Victor by pointing at Elizabeth's body. Love is a mutual trait between the Creature and Victor, and neither receive the love they both seek throughout the novel.

Subject: Film and Theater

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Why does Oedipus Rex blind himself in the play "Oedipus Rex"?

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Kind Oedipus, who killed his father and married his mother, ignored fate's warnings that he would commit the heinous acts. When the soothsayer warns him of his fate, he brushes off the foreboding message. Once he discovers that he killed his own father, whom, at the time, he didn't know was his father, and has married his mother, he takes his own eyesight. Removing his vision symbolizes Oedipus' blindness throughout the play; his being blind to the soothsayer's warnings, for example. The irony embedded here lies in how Oedipus can truly see now, despite his loss of actual vision.

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