Tutor profile: Annalise S.
What is an example of an effective thesis statement?
Through Eliot’s unwavering depiction of the individual experience in Middlemarch--and her representation of marital expectations--she suggests that the hope for marital reform is contingent upon an individual’s effort and ability to sympathetically hold the truth of their spouses lived experience on a level equal to their own, for the sake of both a more personally and relationally fulfilling life.
How does Holden challenge and or accept the masculine norms in The Catcher and the Rye?
Throughout The Catcher in the Rye, Holden analyzes, mocks and despairs over the masculinity that is projected to him and that he is expected to grow into. Holden seems to inhabit a grey space wherein he is able to mingle and move among the traditional male norms, but he has the emotional sensitivity and intellectual sharpness to be wounded by them and to question them. It is evident that he feels like an outsider, although he moves fairly comfortably among the social circle of his class. Take for example, his attitude towards women as compared to Stradlater. Although his reflections on Stradlater's character and his treatment of women is precipitated by his concern for Jane (as well as perhaps a sense of ownership), he is obviously disturbed by Stradlater's abuses: "I'd double dated with that bastard a couple of times, and I know what I'm talking about. He was unscrupulous. He really was" (Salinger 52). It is suggested later that this unscrupulous behavior goes as far as rape (64). Holden, although he was present for one of these incidents, did not openly confront Stradlater until Jane was involved. This confrontation irrationally escalates and turns violent as Holden is unable to express his disapproval of Stradlater's behavior, or his feelings for Jane, in an edifying manner. Holden is unable to completely dehumanize women into sexual objects. He laments to a friend: "'I can never get really sexy--I mean really sexy--with a girl I don't like a lot. I mean I have to like her a lot. If I don't, I sort of lose my goddam desire for her and all'" (191). This apparently imbues Holden with a feeling of being abnormal as the conversation next turns to the idea of him being psychoanalyzed. He does not want to hurt women, but he behaves as though he is powerless in the face of the abuses they suffer from other men, as well as ashamed and baffled by the weakness that prevents him from using them sexually.
Subject: English as a Second Language
What are three things you will do when the pandemic is over? Use the simple future.
I will travel to Europe. I will go to a concert. I will go to an amusement park with my friends.
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