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Subject: Writing

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I can't get started on this essay. Where should I start?

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Tricia C.
Answer:

So, the best way to begin an essay is with brainstorming. What ideas were you thinking of when you read the prompt? Are any of those ideas able to be written to meet your page limit? I am happy to be a sounding board for you. Then, gather any research you need to give reasoning to your essay. If it is an opinion piece, then maybe no research is necessary, and you should start with the easiest part of the essay. You don't have to start with your introduction.

Subject: Literature

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Can you please help me with the question "In Lolita, define a power struggle."

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Tricia C.
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So, I read the book so I can get a better idea of what you are working with. There are many power struggles but, here as an example of an answer. “In one thing he succeeded: he succeeded in thoroughly enmeshing me and my thrashing anguish in his demoniacal game.” (249) As this quote indicates, I believe Quilty cared more about messing with Humbert than protecting Dolores. He closely and visibly tails H.H’s car, interacts with Dolores in front of him, and uses pseudonyms, like Humbert’s personal name for Quilty, to torment the pedophilic protagonist. It was almost as if Cue didn’t care about her feelings and safety even though Dolores made it clear on page 205 that she hated H.H. for probably killing her mother and violating her youth. Furthermore, the playwright knew that Dolores was being abused, and his first reaction was to laugh (275). However, Cue was almost jailed for liking little girls, which made Dolores feel safe enough to share her story, making her more active in her own life. This may have been backward logic, but she was thirteen at the time and a victim of tragic events. Quilty proves he didn’t care about Dolores all in the end because he doesn’t follow through on his Hollywood promise and throws her out after she wouldn’t have an orgy (276). One of his final acts perpetuates the idea that Dolores was just a pawn to him because Cue blames his actions on Dolores in his last moments (301). So, Quilty’s primary motivation for helping Dolores was probably underage sex and psychological warfare on Humbert. Is there something that stood out to you as a power struggle?

Subject: English

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Can you please help me fix the grammar in this sentence? "Society effects our culture physically, emotionally and spiritually and where you are born influences our thoughts, that we hold most dear."

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Tricia C.
Answer:

I would can help with that! Effect isn't a verb, but affect is the verb version of the word. Items in a list typically need commas after it, which is called the Oxford comma rule. The above sentence is a run-on sentence. It can be fixed by seperating the two different thoughts with a comma and a conjunction, a plain period, or a semicolon. I chose the period because it is the easiest for concise language. Finally. In this setence, "that we hold most dear" is a subordinate clause. A subordinate clause, another name for a dependent clause, is usually not the main part of the sentence like a side thought with a subject and verb. You can tell because the sentence, "Where you are born influences our thoughts" , the independent clause, can make sense without it. That is a conjunction that connects the subordinate and independent clause, but it rarely has a comma before it. Which would work better. Society affects our culture physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Where you are born influences our thoughts, which we hold dear.

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