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Cliffs Notes for Hinton's The Outsiders
This novel of the 1960s is a story about teenagers written by a teenager. Ponyboy Curtis, a 14-year-old boy, struggles with right and wrong in a society within which he feels he is an outsider. He and his brothers, lower-class "greasers," fight the "Socs," the rich kids, for 14 days. Social issues gaining notice in the '60s--teen pregnancy, underage drinking, and violence--still find relevance among S.E. Hinton's readers today.
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CliffsNotes 1984
If your latest assignment has you so confused that you're actually beginning to think that 2 + 2 does equal 5, then let CliffsNotes on 1984 help you navigate the tumultuous waters of George Orwell's dystopian world of Oceania. The expert commentaries and critical analyses in this study guide will help you decipher the Doublethink and Newspeak of what is possibly the most complicated socio-political novel ever written. Character studies of protagonist Winston Smith, his ally and love interest Jul... more info>>
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CliffsNotes A Farewell to Arms
CliffNotes on A Farewell to Arms provides detailed historical perspective on Ernest Hemingway's thought-provoking classic of American Literature that presents the ugly truth about war alongside heartbreaking realities of love. Chapter-by-chapter plot summaries with thematic commentaries and insightful character analyses explore the growth of the antiheroic narrator, Lieutenant Henry, from a rakish, indifferent soldier into a mature man capable of real love for the worldly-wise Catherine Barkley.... more info>>
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CliffsNotes A Midsummer Night's Dream
Shakespeare wrote this romantic comedy to show that "love hath no law but his own." The story of young lovers being toyed with by forest sprites is purely an entertaining fantasy, neither realistic nor tragic, and a popular drama the world over. This concise supplement to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream helps students understand the overall structure of the play, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author.
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CliffsNotes A Separate Peace
While adolescence is never easy, during wartime its difficulty is more pronounced. This story of a boy's growing up and floating between identities is filled with moral dilemma. This concise supplement to Knowles's A Separate Peace helps students understand the overall structure of the novel, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author.
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CliffsNotes A Tale of Two Cities
This is one of Dickens's parable stories centered on the fortunes of a family during the French Revolution as society is crumbling. This novel places society's regeneration in friendship, the family, and heroic self-sacrifice, each of which is based on love.
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CliffsNotes Absalom, Absalom!
Nobel Prize-winning author William Faulkner wrote about the conflicts of the human heart. In this book, the reader follows protagonist Henry Sutpen through the vast array of moral and psychological choices that humans encounter in the problematic modern world. This epic story elevated Faulkner to literary giant status.
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CliffsNotes Adam Bede
George Eliot takes the well-worn tale of a lovely dairy-maid seduced by a careless squire, and out if it creates a portrait of the lives of ordinary Midlands working people--their labors and loves, their beliefs, their speech. This concise supplement to George Eliot's Adam Bede helps students understand the overall structure of the work, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author.
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CliffsNotes Aeneid
This ancient text was immensely popular when it was first transcribed, for it offered a popular account and interpretation of the Roman Empire at its greatest moments. We read it today both for the historical and psychological insight we can glean from it. Through the story of Aeneas, the founder of Rome, we learn how a great people saw themselves. This concise supplement to Virgil's Aeneid helps students understand the overall structure of the work, actions and motivations of the characters,... more info>>
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CliffsNotes Agamemnon, The Choephori, The Eumenides
One of the most successful playwrights of ancient Greece, Aeschylus wrote nearly 90 plays, but today only 7 survive. Credited with introducing a second actor onstage, his plays retell the battles, victories, and social ramifications of life in the golden days of Athens. These plays are 2,500 years old and still performed, for they speak directly to the human psyche. Milch has a lot of ground to cover, versus those Cliffs Notes which are devoted to a single work, but the strength of this volu... more info>>
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CliffsNotes Alice in Wonderland
With a gift for irony, the limerick, and an understanding of children, Lewis Carroll set out to write a book of fantastic entertainment. The story has nothing didactic about it and functions solely as a comedy, making use of fantasy and the burlesque. Although written for children, it is entertaining to adults, too.
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CliffsNotes All Quiet on the Western Front
This war novel is actually an anti-war novel, tracing the lives and losses of a young group of soldiers caught in the brutality of World War I. Gripping, realistic, and searing with a vision inconsistent with post-war German character, All Quiet on the Western Front brought author Erich Maria Remarque death threats, causing him to leave Germany to live and work in Hollywood. This concise supplement to Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front helps students understand the overall structure of th... more info>>
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CliffsNotes All the King's Men
One of the finest American novels ever written, All the King's Men is at its most basic the story of two men involved in the public and private swirls of political life. But it is so much more, encompassing a world on the page as big as the one out your front door. For a book that deserves several readings, this Cliff's Notes guide will help your first comprehension become clearer, faster.
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CliffsNotes All the Pretty Horses
All the Pretty Horses is the first novel in Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy. The young John Grady Cole and his two companions journey from Texas through Mexico as orphans of sorts, and through their struggles for their horses, with the law, and with a landowning Mexican family, they travel toward maturity. As the first in a series, it begins to reveal John Grady Cole's character and presents the loss of the West, for Cole ultimately loses love and takes his place as a lone figure, on a horse, o... more info>>
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CliffsNotes All's Well That Ends Well & The Merry Wives of Windsor
Here is one of Shakespeare's problematic plays and his most farcical. The arc of love's victory in All's Well That Ends Well doesn't compel an audience's compassion, yet it is still a skillfully written play. The Merry Wives of Windsor has been criticized for having been written in 14 days, yet it brims with wit and features a new tale of Falstaff, one of literature's greatest characters
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CliffsNotes American Poets of the 20th Century
This literary companion carries you into the lives and poetic lines of 41 of America's most admired poets from the last century. From popular favorites such as Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg to the more esoteric T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, this handbook also introduces you to living poets, such as Rita Dove, who are still inscribing their places in literary history. The book opens with an approach to analyzing poetry, and each author-specific chapter includes sections devoted to Chief Works, Dis... more info>>
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CliffsNotes An American Tragedy
Called one of the best writers on the American scene, Dreiser is also called one of the world's best worst writers, with claims that he is an impurist with nothing but genius. This story, told in gruesome detail and with unswerving realism, recounts the dilemmas and choices of a "loser"; we watch him ascend to temptation, fall in transgression, and receive his appropriate penance.
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CliffsNotes Anna Karenina
At once a tragic love story pitting a fragile heart against the forces of society, this novel truly succeeds as a conversation of ideas. The long book is very readable, and this study guide should help readers galvanize their thoughts on the philosophical issues in the book that truly concern all humans.
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CliffsNotes Anthem
Perfect preparation for the annual Ayn Rand essay contest, this allegory of man in a collectivist society places characters, such as Equality 7-2521 and Liberty 5-3000, in a struggle for individual freedom. By the force of their ideas and the fire of their desires, they ultimately set themselves free and create a new social order.
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CliffsNotes Antony and Cleopatra
The dilemma between heart, head, romance, and ambition has not been told with such elegance and depth as in Shakespeare's play. With revelries of poetic love and the drudgery of tragedy, this drama of the Egyptian queen and the Roman military leader is actually a microcosm of life.
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CliffsNotes Arrowsmith
This concise supplement to Sinclair Lewis' Arrowsmith helps students understand the overall structure of the work, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author.
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CliffsNotes As I Lay Dying
By telling the story through the voices of several narrators, Faulkner provided deep observations of a Southern family's move to a new town and life. The book is not only compelling because of the story, but also because of the depth and richness of the characters.
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CliffsNotes As You Like It
As You Like It tracks the travails of young lovers and despotic rulers as they chase one another from the palace of Duke Frederick to the Forest of Arden. Shakespeare's classic work weaves together greedy inheritors, despotic rulers, a cross-dressing princess, and some magic before drawing to a dramatic close.
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CliffsNotes Bartleby the Scrivener & Benito Cereno
These two longer short stories deal with men in commerce on Wall Street and men at sea, both involved in struggles for power and the creation of a livable ethic.
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CliffsNotes Beloved
Classified as historical fiction, gothic horror story, and bildungsroman, this novel tells the story of a woman who murders her daughter to protect her from the living hell of slavery. Told in flashbacks, memories, and nightmares, the story is difficult but rewarding. This concise supplement to Toni Morrison's Beloved helps students understand the overall structure of the novel, actions and motivations of the characters, and the social and cultural perspectives of the author.
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