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Subject: Literature

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When reading large, complex novels and plays like Crime and Punishment or Hamlet, how can I best do close readings of particular sections so that I can extrapolate the most meaning from the author?

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When looking to do close reading, it is best to focus on diction and structure. With Hamlet, for example, Shakespeare commonly plays with his words in a way that makes you really think about all of the possible ways that word functions within that character's particular situation. Reading a monologue line by line, stanza by stanza is the best way to get as deep into the text as possible. For instance, if you were to read Hamlet's "To be or not to be" monologue with no prior knowledge of the play, it would be relatively easy to miss or ignore the existential dispair laced into his speech without accounting for the inner and outer loathsome dialogue he targets toward himself and his surroundings. Close reading can show you what it's like to hear exactly what the author is trying to convey.

Subject: Linguistics

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How can I determine when to you me or I in a sentence? For instance, would it be "John and I went to the store," or "me and John went to the store"?

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The best way to determine whether the correct word is I or me is by briefly removing the other person from the sentence. In your example, would you say "I went to the store," or "me went to the store"? The correct answer is I. So, once you add the other person back into the sentence, you have your answer: "John and I went to the store."

Subject: English

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How can I best articulate my argument in my thesis statement?

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When writing a thesis statement, specificity is key. Contrary to popular belief, having a broad or generalized thesis statement will make writing your paper more difficult. Once you have narrowed down a focus, it is best to think of your statement in an "in order to" fashion. For instance, if you wanted to focus on the role of gender in Frankenstein, you would write about it in terms of Mary Shelley's ultimate goal. So, for instance, "Shelley uses the absence of women in Victor's life in order to argue that the monster takes up a liminal zone of gender." By displaying the means the author uses to reach the ultimate goal of this specific theme, you are setting yourself up for a rich, thoughtful, and interesting paper.

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