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Tutor profile: Mary U.

Mary U.
Tutor and Nanny for the Last Ten Years

Questions

Subject: Writing

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Question:

Correct these sentences: Altough they're mercedes is newer then mine, I havn't lost any pride in the one I purchase. In fact I love that mine can fit our family, dogs and cats.

Mary U.
Answer:

Although their Mercedes is newer than mine, I haven't lost any pride in the one I purchased. In fact, I love that mine can fit our family, dogs, and cats.

Subject: Shakespeare

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In "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare, how does Katherine's boisterous and comedic personality affect the monologue she gives in Act 5 Scene 2? Is it merely a performance, or has her mind been changed by Petruchio?

Mary U.
Answer:

Upon first glance, this monologue seems to show Katherine submitting to Petruchio in front of a large group of their family and friends. These lines come directly after another woman insults her husband and make it seem like Katherine is staunchly defending a wife's subservience. However, the sarcasm that colors these lines cannot be ignored. For example, in Lines 181 and 182, Katherine compares a woman's body to a man's, "Why are our bodies soft and weak and smooth,/Unapt to toil and trouble in the world." Katherine's character throughout the rest of the play has been feisty and quick to physically fight, negating any semblance of "feminine" weakness in the character. In fact, it must be argued that Katherine's character is stronger than Petruchio's, who is often shown as a drunk, temperamental lout whom Katherine is saddled with. Shakespeare cannot be discussed as only words on a page because it is meant to be performed. This is why Elizabeth Taylor's performance in the 1967 film must be mentioned here because the look in her eyes tells the audience everything. Though she may be bowing to Petruchio and putting on a dutiful display, her defiant stare is still clear to anyone brave enough to look. In conclusion, while it may seem like Katherine has finally been tamed, this analysis has shown she's only getting started.

Subject: English

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Question:

Explain how the speaker in T. S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" sees himself in relation to women and the world in general. How does this inform our understanding of the poem as a whole?

Mary U.
Answer:

The speaker in this poem is both in awe of and afraid of women as demonstrated in the following lines: "And I have known the arms already, known them all—/Arms that are braceleted and white and bare/(But in the lamplight, downed with light brown hair!) (Lines 62-64) and "The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase,/And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,/When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall" (Lines 56-58). Women are, in the speaker's eyes, an anxiety-inducing opportunity to become more than a middle-aged man by declaring one's place in the universe as a lover. In the beginning of the poem, the speaker mentions secret meetings in sordid places that are nothing more than one-night stands which represent his desire to constantly be a part of the bustling life down in the streets. This informs our understanding of the poem as a whole because it provides a human quality that allows us to empathize with and yet be skeptical of the speaker. We can understand his desire for real interaction and the touch of another person, but still furrow our brows at his clear lack of self-esteem.

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