Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

Teacher Trouble

I am currently taking AP English Lit and my teacher is incredibly tough. I feel like every time I throw out an idea that I have spent hours researching and developing that she sees it as wrong. Now I would like to think of myself as an analytical person, however I am having problems formulating […]

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. […]

Roger Chillingworth: The Scarlet Letter's devil, you know.

I have to write a paper on Roger Chillingworth from The Scarlet Letter, but what is there to say about him? He’s the devil. Hawthorne tells the reader that like a million times. How am I supposed to fill up four pages talking about how satanic he is? Help! –P.A. USA Roger Chillingworth definitely comes […]

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 […]

Custom House Head-Case:
Why is Hawthorne such a bore?

The Custom House chapter in The Scarlet Letter is boring me out of my mind. I have no idea what’s going on or why I’m even reading it. FML. Please explain…save me…anything. --M.P. USA Has there been a single person in the history of forever who hasn’t been bored to tears by this introductory chapter […]

Champion Cheater

It’s junior year, and one of my classmates has been cheating for three years straight. He always manages to get a perfect score, and it’s obvious to everyone else that he’s cheating. (Sometimes we’ve actually seen him cheat.) Somehow every teacher in my school is completely oblivious to what he’s up to and just thinks […]


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