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Subject: Shakespeare

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How do Macbeth and Lady Macbeth switch personalities throughout the course of the play?

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Lady Macbeth starts out as a very strong, masculine character in the beginning of the play. "Unsex me here!" she cries out, upon reading Macbeth's letter announcing the arrival of Duncan. She calls upon "spirits" to fill her with "direst cruelty." She demands of Macbeth, "Are you a man?" and even mocks him, comparing to him a frightened cat. By contrast, Macbeth is filled with fear at his own imaginings upon hearing the witches' prophecy that he will one day be king. When Duncan is murdered, Lady Macbeth dips her hands in his blood and brags that she would have murdered him herself, if only he hadn't resembled her father. Meanwhile, Macbeth wishes that the knocking outside would "wake" Duncan. As the play continues, Lady Macbeth begins to feel remorse and she sleepwalks in terror. Macbeth, on the other hand, gives the order to murder his friend Banquo, among others. At the end of the play, Lady Macbeth takes her own life, while Macbeth has turned into a bloodthirsty murderer.

Subject: Library and Information Science

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What is the importance of obtaining articles from a peer-reviewed journal when writing an academic research paper?

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A peer-reviewed journal is a journal in which the research articles have been evaluated by a group of the author's peers, or fellow academics. Peer review sets a higher standard for the contents of a journal, and usually indicates a higher quality of research and credibility.

Subject: English

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In "Pride and Prejudice," Jane Austen uses letters to communicate important information about events, about the writer's character, and about the character and ethics of others. Select one letter from the novel and demonstrate how she does at least one of the above.

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In "Pride and Prejudice", Darcy's letter to Elizabeth offers both intentional and unintentional communication. His intentional communications relate to past events concerning himself, Wickham, and Georgiana. Here he depends on Elizabeth's secrecy as he relates the history of his sister and her near seduction. However, he also indirectly showcases his education, pride, and honesty by his word choice and the topics he chooses to dwell on, such as Elizabeth's possible disgust at his letter ("Be not alarmed, madam...") and her family's embarrassing behavior ("total want of propriety").

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