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In the play Hamlet, there is debate among the characters as to whether Ophelia committed suicide or drowned by accident. What evidence or suggestions from the text is there that she committed suicide? List two quotes or instances to support your statement.
The first evidence to suggest that Ophelia committed suicide comes from Hamlet. Hamlet is watching the funeral procession and seems to know instantly that whomever the King and Queen are following had committed suicide. “Who is this they follow?/And with such maimed rites? This doth betoken/The corse they follow did with desp’rate hand/Foredo it own life.” Another instance comes after the funeral ceremony begins. The Doctor of Divinity that oversees the funeral objects to it altogether, implying that she committed suicide. At that time, any ceremony for a suicide victim was against the laws of the Church. He speaks of the “great command” of the King that “o’ersways the order,” this order being one that would have forbidden any ceremony from taking place. He goes on to state, “We should profane the service of the dead/To sing a requiem and such rest to her/As to peace parted souls.”
Charlotte Bronte's novel, Jane Eyre, is considered Gothic literature. What are two of the Gothic elements from Jane Eyre?
Gothic literature is characterized by such elements as the supernatural, gloomy settings, dreams or visions, suspense and mystery, etc. There are several Gothic elements in Jane Eyre, but two examples are given below. One of the Gothic elements present in Jane Eyre is Thornfield Hall, the home of Mr. Rochester, Jane's employer. Thornfield is dark and remote. Many of its rooms are unused and closed up, and an entire section of the house at the top is shut off to Jane, as it houses Mr. Rochester's mad wife, Bertha, who remains a mystery throughout most of the book (another Gothic element). The atmosphere of Thornfield and the mystery of Bertha provide a heightened sense of suspense throughout the novel. Another Gothic element present in Jane Eyre is the supernatural. While not explicitly shown, it is often implied. Early in the book, Jane is shut up in the red room of her aunt's house, a place of horror for her, for it is where her uncle died. She imagines that she sees his ghost, which terrifies her. Towards the end of the book, Jane hears Mr. Rochester calling to her, even though they are separated by many miles and haven't seen each other in awhile. She goes to him, only to find out that he did, in fact, call out to her at the same time that she heard his voice.
Which of the following sentences demonstrates the use of the future perfect progressive verb tense? A. You will speak to your teacher later today. B. You will have spoken to your teacher by the end of the day. C. You will have been speaking to your teacher for more than twenty minutes when the bell rings.
Answer: C. The future perfect progressive (also called the future perfect continuous) verb tense shows an action that begins in the past, present, or future that will continue to happen until a specific point in the future. Answer A demonstrates the simple future tense. Answer B demonstrates the future perfect tense.
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