Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

Of Mice and Men: Steinbeck's American Dream

Of Mice and Men is such a downer... Steinbeck was the most depressed person ever. What is he trying to do to us? Tragedy = no happy ending. So why are we reading this book other than to get more depressed than we already are as teenagers? –T.T., USA John Steinbeck told it like he saw it. […]

Of Mice and Misogyny

Curley's wife is a b*tch in Of Mice and Men. And she doesn't even have a name. I don’t get it. Did Steinbeck hate women? –E.S. USA Curley’s wife isn’t exactly Miss Congeniality. She’s a tease—and a whiner. She flirts shamelessly with the ranch hands who work for Curley’s father, angling for their attention and […]

Essay greatness:

Five minutes ahead

Yawn. We know the feeling. It’s late, and you’ve got an essay to write. And it's going to keep you up all night. Don't panic. In five minutes, you can be cruising to essay greatness. We're going to show you how to plan so you know where you’re going when you're writing. We're going to […]

Thesis Statements: Make your essay irresistible

A perfect thesis statement is like chocolate. Or it should be. Yes, like chocolate: Irresistible. Something that leaves people wanting more. Something they can't put down until they've finished it off. Something that leaves your English teacher unable to resist the urge to give you an A+. Are your thesis statements irresistible? You'll know how to […]

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