Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

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 […]

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 […]

How to Write a Great Essay
Step 6: Wrap It Up.

At some point, hopefully sooner rather than later, you'll be approaching the conclusion of your essay. So let's say that you are ready to write your conclusion. What now? Honestly, teachers differ on this one. A lot of them just want you to sum up what you've written in the paper—to remind them what you proved and […]


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