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Kwan Ann T.
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Mandarin
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Question:

What does this Chinese proverb, 人非圣贤,孰能无过 mean?

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Answer:

Literally translated, it means "men are not sages, not everything can pass", but to compare it with a similar English proverb, it can loosely equate to "to err is human", so because we are not divine, we will naturally make mistakes.

Writing
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Question:

What are the key features of a piece of persuasive speech?

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Answer:

The key features of persuasive writing can be broadly broken down into ethos, pathos, and logos. Ethos- by clearly stating the purpose of the speech and why it is important to the audience you are speaking to; Pathos, by choosing points that will appeal to the emotional side of the audiences & empathetic language, and finally, Logos, or logic that will convince the rational side of the audience to believe you.

Literature
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Question:

How are duality and identity portrayed in Wuthering Heights, with a particular focus on Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff?

Kwan Ann T.
Answer:

The identities of Catherine and Heathcliff are created in different ways: Catherine’s are defined by her relationships to the men around her and her roles as a daughter, wife and spiritual companion to Heathcliff, while Heathcliff’s identities are born out of racial discrimination, abuse, and neglect over the years. Both characters are strongly tied to one another, as victims of trauma that thus give a spiritual and nearly religious nature to their relationship, which is notably not sexual but transcends ideas on a flesh level to the genuine linking of their souls. Their different identities also give birth to the nature of duality in their personalities because of external influences such as societal pressures and abuse, shaping their identities into the people they are within the novel. Finally, the reader’s eye and the concept of the unreliable narrator also develop our perception of their identities that shape the novel into what it is today.

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