The Crucible Characters: What You Need to Know for Your Literary Analysis

CLSC LIT TV (8:00 – 10:00 p.m.) – Survivor: Salem Edition (Reality. First aired 1953) Abigail and friends are found dancing naked in the forest and are accused of witchcraft. They claim to be bewitched in an attempt to avoid a possible death sentence if convicted. In a vengeful move, Abigail accuses Elizabeth of practicing …

How to Compare and Contrast 4 Popular Dystopian Short Stories

If you’ve watched the movies Divergent, The Hunger Games, or Maze Runner and thought, “Whoa, these are amazingly original stories! Why hasn’t someone thought of this before?” you might be surprised to learn that this type of story is nothing new. Stories with dystopian themes have been around for a long time. What you probably …

10 Smart Topics for Your Things Fall Apart Analysis

Sometimes you read a book that—whether you love it or hate it—is unlike any other you’ve read before. Things Fall Apart is one of those types of books. Written by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart shows readers a view of Africa that’s different from the white-authored colonial-type stories like Heart of Darkness. Instead …

What 4 Popular Dystopian Novels Have in Common (and How To Write About Them)

“If I ruled the world, summer vacation would last all year long, kids could stay up as long as they wanted, and everyone could eat ice cream for every meal!”   My 10-year-old self had a lot of excellent suggestions for a perfect world. I’m sure we’ve all had thoughts (both as kids and as …

Everything You Need to Know About 4 Fahrenheit 451 Characters

Fahrenheit 451 is a favorite book for teachers to assign—and a favorite for students to read. It’s a classic dystopian novel written in the ‘50s and set in the 24th century. Even though it’s not quite the 24th century yet, Ray Bradbury did get a few things scarily right about the future, technology-wise. What’s even …

All You Need to Know About These 5 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Characters

It’s the middle of the night, and you’ve drifted off into a deep sleep. You’re dreaming of a magnificent summer day of relaxing on the beach or maybe hiking a mountain trail. Then your alarm goes off. You’re slapped back into reality. Your once-peaceful dream is now bordering on a nightmare. There are exactly 28 …

Literary Present Tense: Everything You Need to Know

Back in the day—when you were in elementary school—you learned about past tense, present tense, and future tense. You’ve gotten along all this time knowing these three basic tenses. But now your prof has thrown out the term “literary present tense,” and it has put you into a slight tailspin. Don’t worry—it’s not a completely …

All You Need to Know About These 4 To Kill a Mockingbird Characters

Great Depression-era novels typically have an element of… well… depression. To Kill a Mockingbird isn’t any different. What is different is the fact that [spoiler alert] it ends on a slightly uplifting note. The story is centered around Scout—the narrator—and her struggle to see the good past the bad. It’s a struggle each of the …

5 Important Beowulf Characters to Write About in Your Paper

Beowulf is one of those stories that most teachers assign but few students really understand. It’s so old that no one even knows who wrote it. But within the verses lies a great, action-packed adventure filled with terrible monsters, a dashing hero, and terrible jealousy. The characters in this epic poem are really what make …