Understanding “To Kill a Mockingbird”: Top Q&A from Students

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It may just be impossible to consider classic American literature without delving into the story of To Kill a Mockingbird. Written by Harper Lee and published in 1960, To Kill a Mockingbird remains one of the most well-known and impactful works of literature within the last century, and arguably on a more historical level as well. The novel tackles the realities of racial inequalities, gender roles, and class-based hierarchies as they existed in the 1930s, particularly in the American Deep South. Harper Lee was raised in the small town of Monroeville, Alabama and grew up experiencing life as it appears in her novel. Her father was even a lawyer who may have provided a great deal of inspiration for the character Atticus; in his day, Lee’s father worked to defend two black men accused of the murder of a white store clerk. Continue Reading ›

Macbeth Unlocked

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William Shakespeare remains, hands down, one of the most well-known and influential writers in recent history. Throughout his career, he published a truly impressive library of sonnets, poems, verses, plays, and tales. Among these works, Shakespeare is credited with the writing of four major tragedies: Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and, of course, Macbeth.  Continue Reading ›

February Giveaway: Win a Jane Austen Scarf and $50 in eNotes Homework Help Credit

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This month we are excited to partner with Literati Club just in time for Valentine’s Day. Enter to win this Pride and Prejudice infinity scarf and $50 in eNotes Homework Help credit! This scarf is a perfect gift for a certain special someone this February 14th–even if that special someone is yourself…

On eNotes Homework Help, you can ask any question about any subject, and our specialized Educators will provide you with fast and thorough answers to help you learn and ace your assignments. $50 in credit gets you up to five questions to ask whenever you need them.

Giveaway entries are accepted until February 7, 2016 at 11:59pm PST. We will notify the randomly selected winner February 8. Simply click the link below to enter (please note: you must be a U.S. resident to enter). If you have any questions please post a comment below, or send an email to dispatch@enotes.com. Good luck!

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Note-Taking Essentials: Highlighting the Good Stuff

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW before jumping in

You’ve spent years taking notes in class…but have you ever stopped to think, “is this note-taking strategy the right one for me?” We’ll help you reflect on your current note-taking strategies to find room for improvements, and ultimately your academic career, with these new strategies, tips, and tricks. Take note!

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Edgar Allan Poe Un-Masqued: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Gothic Writer

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You’d be hard-pressed to find a student that doesn’t enjoy (or, at the very least, find interesting) one of Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories—even if you polled the most literature-hating students, they’d still be able to quoth the raven everslightly.

Poe’s stories and poems have a unique staying power with many readers, whether they’re keen on his Dark Romantic writing or hungry to latch onto anything taught in class to fuel angst-ridden high school years (*cough* totally was me *cough*). If the questions we get on eNotes are any indication of readers’ endless fascinations of Poe…it holds completely true. Our Homework Help content library is chock full of interesting questions that delve into Poe’s writing style, explain his important influences, and reveal some quirky bits of trivia. They are asked by students seeking essay help and by casual readers looking to expand their knowledge alike. Did you know that Poe had his own Sherlock-esque character, or that gifts mysteriously appear on his tombstone? If not, read on. Continue Reading ›

eNotes Homework Help: November Discussion Starters

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Our Homework Help service helps students and teachers on their toughest academic questions. Our Educators have answered more than 300,000 questions–some straightforward with decidedly black/white answers, and others more open to interpretation and, consequently, discussion.

Each month we’re compiling some of our favorite Homework Help questions to initiate debate or rich conversation in your classroom. Enjoy! Continue Reading ›

eNotes Homework Help: October Discussion Starters

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Our Homework Help service helps students and teachers on their toughest academic questions. Our Educators have answered more than 300,000 questions–some straightforward with decidedly black/white answers, and others more open to interpretation and, consequently, discussion.

Each month we’re compiling some of our favorite Homework Help questions to initiate debate or rich conversation in your classroom. Enjoy! Continue Reading ›