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Tutor profile: Danielle J.

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Danielle J.
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Subject: Writing

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Question:

What is a comma splice and how can I fix them in my essays?

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Danielle J.
Answer:

A comma splice occurs when you use a comma to separate two independent clauses without including some kind of coordinating conjunction, such as 'and' or 'but.' Here are some ways you can fix a comma splice: 1. Try adding a coordinating conjunction. To fix the following sentence: "I went to the store, there were no shoes my size," I could just add the coordinating conjunction "but" after the comma. Then the sentence would read, "I went to the store, but there were no shoes..." 2. Try changing the comma to a stronger form of punctuation, such as a semi-colon, colon, or period. Notice how I fix the comma splice in this sentence by changing the comma to a semi-colon: "I went to the store; there were no shoes my size."

Subject: Film and Theater

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Question:

Why was the 'Death of a Salesman' by Arthur Miller such a significant play? How did it shape the American theatre scene?

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Danielle J.
Answer:

'Death of a Salesman' is often considered to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th century. Not only did the play win a Pulitzer Prize, but many critics have called it the first 'Great American Tragedy.' Its significance lies in its protagonist Willy Loman. Playwright Arthur Miller goes beyond the action of the play to explore the psychological depth of Loman, a breakthrough in the theatre scene of the play's time in post-war America. The play is also significant because it challenges the idea of the classic 'American dream.'

Subject: English

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Can you please explain what the 'theme' of a book is? I'm having a hard time figuring out the theme to the book I'm reading in English class.

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Danielle J.
Answer:

Hi, and thanks for your question! A book's theme is a main idea or underlying concept that flows throughout the narrative of the story. A book can have multiple themes--for example, Shakespeare's play Hamlet has several themes, including revenge, appearance vs. reality, life after death, and madness. Make sure that you don't confuse 'theme' with the book's plot or subject. For example, a book's subject could be the marriage of an elderly couple, but the theme could actually be love or the difficulties of marriage. To find the theme, ask yourself how you would sum up the book in one to three words (like the Hamlet themes listed above). Themes usually don't need to be expressed in more than a few words!

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