Tutor profile: Kristen R.
How can an author use syntax to improve their writing?
Varying syntax and sentence structure can be a simple way to add sophistication and pizzazz to what is otherwise a mundane writing assignment. Small changes, such as incorporating parallelism, or anaphora to add emphasis or draw attention to particular ideas, are examples of small adjustments that can heighten the quality of any written work.
How are the proposals in Pride and Prejudice significant?
In Austen's quintessential novel, the proposals delivered to Elizabeth Bennet make social commentary on the business of marriage and the position of women in Austen's time. Collins' proposal is self-indulgent and demonstrates a clear lack of understanding of women, and a general foolishness. This is mirrored in his subsequent relationship with Charlotte Lucas, wherein the pair live in separate parts of the house so as to remain impersonal. Darcy's first proposal is overly passionate and evokes a similar response in Lizzy. This disaster of a proposal is reflected in the marriage of Wentworth and Lydia, which is entirely focused on sexual attraction and not at all based on a deeper connection. Finally, Mr. Darcy's last proposal to Elizabeth sets to right his previous blunders, as the pair meet as equals, and share a unique passion for one another that is not based on self-interest or shallow concerns, which Austen has previously critiqued through the marriages of her ancillary characters.
How does Charlotte Bronte utilize the first chapter of her novel to establish the character of the protagonist and narrator, Jane Eyre?
Bronte uses a combination of characterization techniques, including dialogue to demonstrate that Jane is isolated and abused by her extended family, who use words like "rat" and "animal" to describe her. In addition, the presence of weather, red and bird symbolism in the initial pages of the novel indicate the suffocating atmosphere of Gateshead, and Jane's desperate desire to escape her circumstances, all while underlying her intelligence and passion. Bronte reveals Jane to be plain in appearance, but complex in mind and heart; it is evident in the initial pages of the text that Jane is only beginning to learn her own identity.
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