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Tutor profile: Sophia S.

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Sophia S.
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Subject: Writing

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How do I create a good thesis statement?

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Answer:

Your thesis statement should be clear and concise. it should lay out the plan for your paper. The best theses are also argumentative; you want to make sure that you are saying something worthwhile. If your thesis is simply, "Dogs are different than cats because they wag their tails and play fetch," then that is just a statement of a facts. You could create a better, more argumentative thesis by writing, "Dogs are better than cats because they wag their tails and play fetch." It's always good to create a working thesis statement before you start writing, but don't be afraid to tweak it as you go! Sometimes our papers take directions we didn't originally plan on, and that's okay as long as we adjust our paper so that it all makes sense.

Subject: Shakespeare

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Why does Lady Macbeth rub her hands so aggressively?

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Lady Macbeth feels guilty for the murder she helped commit at the beginning of the play. In fact, she feels so guilty that she is paranoid she still has blood on her hands, literally. There is an imaginative spot of blood that she is vigorously trying to rub off of her hand. By this point in the play, she has started to go mad with guilt.

Subject: English

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I don't understand the structure of a sonnet or why it is important. Can you help me?

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Sonnets are 14-line poems that follow a designated rhyme scheme. The two most common forms of sonnets are Shakespearean and Petrarchan. A Shakespearean sonnet has three quatrains (a stanza made up of four lines) and a couplet (two rhyming lines) at the end. Typically, each line in a Shakespearean sonnet is ten syllables structured in iambic pentameter, which is a type of meter. Shakespearean rhyme schemes goes like this: ABAB CDCD EDED FF. A Petrarchan sonnet has a slightly different format, with an octet (group of eight lines) and a sestet (group of six lines) structure. A typical Petrarchan rhyme scheme goes like this: ABBA ABBA CDE CDE (but it can also look like ABBA ABBA CDC CDC). The structure of sonnets are important because poets were challenged to explore the bounds of their creativity within a certain structure. In other words, when poets worked within the same set sonnet structure as one another, they were encouraged to become creative in ways that stretched the structure rather than breaking it. This genre of poetry must be understood for both its conventional limitations and how poets responded to those limitations.

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