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Tutor profile: Annie W.

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Annie W.
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Subject: Writing

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Question:

Which is the most useful and complex thesis statement? James Joyce’s “Araby” invites readers to identify with its protagonist. James Joyce’s “Araby” makes use of subtle quest imagery to increase the reader’s ability to identify with the protagonist’s timeless pursuit of love. The protagonist of James Joyce’s “Araby” embarks on a quest to bring back a gift for a girl with whom he has fallen in love.

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The second thesis statement identifies a formal aspect of Joyce’s short story — the quest imagery — and proposes an effect on the reader. The thesis makes an argument that could be contradicted, which tells us that it is a thesis, not just a description of the story. We understand from this thesis that we will be looking at examples of quest imagery and that the author of the paper will be explaining how they change our understanding of the protagonist’s actions. The first thesis is similar but less strong but does not tell us how the short story invites us to identify with its protagonist; the third thesis is only a description of the plot.

Subject: Shakespeare

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Why does Iago betray Othello the Moor in Shakespeare’s Othello?

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Shakespeare presents Iago as a frustrated, power-hungry and covetous rival. Passed over for a promotion and likely in love with Othello’s wife, Desdemona, Iago sets his elaborate plan to spur on Othello’s baseless jealousy because he is unloved and unsuccessful. The most effective passage in developing Iago’s character is certainly his soliloquy in Act I Scene 3, in which he describes his own history under Othello’s command. The soliloquy’s most famous line, “I hate the Moor,” is one of the starkest and most eloquent expressions of loathing in Shakespeare’s work.

Subject: English

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What is the difference between a symbol and a theme?

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A theme poses and offers answers to a question about life. By contrast, a symbol — which is most often an object in a story — can contribute to a story or a play’s theme, but it must invoke a certain meaning from inside or outside the world of the story. For example, one theme of Othello is whether jealousy can be tempered by forgiveness; another might be whether racial outsiders can ever be secure within worlds that are not their own. Each of these themes is developed in the play’s plot, character structure, and imagery. However, the white handkerchief carried by Desdemona and later used by Iago to trick Othello is a symbol of Desdemona’s innocence; its white color and its feminine connotations are drawn from cultural ideas that exist outside the play.

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