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Lernbereich Lektürehilfen
Übersicht
Brave New World
Introduction
Summaries
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4-6
Chapter 7-8
Chapter 9-10
Chapter 11-12
Chapter 13-15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17-18
Characters
Interpretation
Themes
Motifs
Symbols
Style
Setting
Context
Crooked Letter, Crook...
Summaries
Chapter 1 - 2
Chapter 3 - 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10 - 11
Chapter 12 - 13
Chapter 14 - 16
Chapter 17 - 19
Characters
Symbols and Symbolism
Themes and Motifs
Gran Torino
Introduction
Key Scenes
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Storytelling
Setting
Themes and Motifs
Half Broke Horses
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Chapter I: Salt Draw
Chapter II: The Mirac...
Chapter III: Promises
Chapter IV: The Red S...
Chapter V: Lambs
Chapter VI: Teacher L...
Chapter VII: The Gard...
Chapter VIII: Gumshoe...
Chapter IX: The Flybo...
Epilogue: The Little ...
Family Structures
Main Characters
Lily Casey Smith
Adam Casey
Daisy Mae Casey
Helen Casey
Jim Smith
Rosemary Smith
Rex Walls
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Buster Casey
Dorothy Casey
Mother Albertina
Ted Conover
Orville Stubbs
Jim Smith junior
Other Characters
Structure of the Nove...
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Prüfungsaufgaben zur ...
L.A. Crash
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Verflechtung der Haup...
Verflechtung der Haup...
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Macbeth
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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
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Othello
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Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
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Motifs
Symbols
Style
Context
Romeo and Juliet
Introduction
Summaries
Act I
Act II
Act III
Act IV
Act V
Characters
Themes and Motifs
Setting
The Great Gatsby
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Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
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To Kill a Mockingbird
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Chapters 18 - 19
Chapters 20 - 22
Chapters 23 - 25
Chapters 26 - 27
Chapters 28 - 31
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Characters

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Characters

Romeo
  • son and heir of the Montague family
  • 16-years-old, handsome, intelligent, sensitive, quick-witted
  • part of the brutal feud between the Capulets and his own family, yet he is not interested in that fight
  • affectionate, loyal friend to Benvolio, Mercutio and Friar Lawrence
  • deep interest in poetry and thus in finding true love
  • believes that his true love is Rosaline who rejects him
  • at the sight of Juliet, he simply forgets about Rosaline and falls in love with Juliet
  • driven by extreme behaviour with a lack of moderation
    $\rightarrow$ sneaks into enemy's garden and risks his own death just to see his love Juliet
    $\rightarrow$ marries Juliet in secret despite their families' feud
    $\rightarrow$ in order to avenge a friend's death, he kills Juliet's cousin in a reckless duel
    $\rightarrow$ commits suicide after hearing about Juliet's death
    $\rightarrow$ extreme behaviour is the catalyst for ultimate tragedy but also brings Romeo and Juliet together
Juliet
  • daughter of the Capulets
  • 13-year-old, beautiful, yet naïve
  • has never given a though to love, romance or marriage
    $\rightarrow$ even thinks she might be able to love Paris who wants to marry her
  • grows up when she falls in love with the son of her family's enemy Romeo
  • as a girl, she is not free to wander the streets and has to be an obedient daughter
  • courageous due to the fact that she entrusts Romeo with her life and future
    $\rightarrow$ does not believe the reports about Romeo having fought with her cousin
  • her nurse is her friend and confident, however, Juliet is ready to cut the cords with her as soon as she turns against her love Romeo
  • starts out as naïve, immature girl but proves to become a determined woman throughout the novel
    $\rightarrow$ her mother is not able to quiet the nurse whereas Juliet only needs to utter one word
    $\rightarrow$ seems to obey her mother's wish to marry Paris, but Juliet is also determined to try to love him even though she won't do everything in her power to do so
    $\rightarrow$ realistic where Romeo is idealistic and rashly
    $\rightarrow$ Juliet doesn't approve of Romeo's killing her cousin but decides to be loyal to Romeo and thus follows him
    $\rightarrow$ abandons her family, nurse and social standing in order to be with Romeo, deliberately accepts the consequences of her doings
    $\rightarrow$ commits suicide out of intensity of love for Romeo, not out of weakness
    $\rightarrow$ whereas Romeo has killed himself with poison, she stabs herself through the heart which requires much more courage
Friar Lawrence
  • kindhearted cleric mediating between Rome and Juliet
  • performs the marriage between the two
  • only person with religious context in the play
  • also the most scheming and political character
    $\rightarrow$ marrying Romeo and Juliet as a plan to end civil conflicts between the two families
    $\rightarrow$ lures Romeo into Juliet's room, sends him out of Verona afterwards
    $\rightarrow$ comes up with a plan to use a sleeping potion in order to prevent Juliet's marriage with Paris and in order to bring Romeo and Juliet back together
  • using a potion seems somewhat out of place for a cleric (back then, potions were associated with witchery)
  • friar as a fate-bringer
    $\rightarrow$ is responsible for the marriage as well as for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet
    $\rightarrow$ at the end of the play, he feels guilty for the deaths, yet Prince Escalus considers his intentios honest and noble
Mercutio
  • Romeo's friend, but not his confidant
    $\rightarrow$ is not aware of Romeo's love for Juliet, let alone his marriage with her
  • quick-tempered, honorable, loyal, courageous
    $\rightarrow$ challenges Tybalt when he offends Romeo
    $\rightarrow$ does not understand why Romeo refuses to fight Tybalt (even deems it submissive)
  • anti-romantic character
    $\rightarrow$ considers love as a mere physical pursuit
    $\rightarrow$ thinks of Romeo just as a lover (not a man) whose experience of conflict is very limited when hearing of the challenge that Tybald had requested ("And is he such a man to encounter Tybalt?" II.3.16-17)
  • very rational
    $\rightarrow$ in his opinion, dreams should not be seen as signs and as portraying the near future, they are only a result of anxieties and desires
  • does not emotionally belong to either of the two families - exists inbetween
    $\rightarrow$ does not take the feud or the world of love of Romeo seriously
  • also a comical character
    $\rightarrow$ description of his fatal wound as not as deep as well and not as wide as a church door
  • his death marks a turning point: tragedy overwhelms comedy, protagonists' fates gloom
The Nurse
  • servant in the Capulet household, but is also Juliet's confidant
    $\rightarrow$ Juliet considers her mother and her nurse equivalent
    $\rightarrow$ nurse treats Juliet as if she were her daughter
    $\rightarrow$ is the only person next to Friar Lawrence to know of Romeo & Juliet's wedding
  • rather old in comparison to Juliet, constantly complains about her aches
    $\rightarrow$ age of Nurse is used for comical effect in Act II, Scene 5 when Juliet just wants to know the wedding details when the Nurse just wants to bemoan her ailments
  • twisted between her maternal feelings for Juliet and her social position as a servant
    $\rightarrow$ praises Romeo and helps the couple to finally get together
    $\rightarrow$ Nurse retreats into submission when Capulet gets enraged and advises Juliet to forget Romeo
  • only sees the physical aspect of love in contrast to Juliet
    $\rightarrow$ love is just temporary and physical
    $\rightarrow$ only focuses on the physical act of the wedding night when she shares details of the wedding with Juliet
    $\rightarrow$ is not able to understand the intensity of love between Romeo and Juliet
  • talkative woman
    $\rightarrow$ often repeats herself
    $\rightarrow$ not afraid of making obscene comments

Minor Characters

Tybalt
  • Juliet's cousin
  • vain, fashionable
  • aggressive, violent
    answers a comment that hurts his pride with drawing his sword
    skilled sowrd-fighter
Capulet
  • patriarch of the Capulet family
  • enemy of Montague family (reasons hereof are not further declared
  • loving father, yet he is not aware nor would he understand Juliet's feelings or thoughts
  • only looks out for finding his daughter a good match
  • commanding and respected
Lady Capulet
  • mother of Juliet, wife of Capulet
  • had married young and wants Juliet to share the same fate
  • ineffective as mother, has to rely on the Nurse's help with regard to the upbringing of Juliet
Montague
  • Romeo's father
  • patriarch of the Montague clan, enemies with Capulet
  • seems to be concerned about Romeo's gloomy mood
Lady Montague
  • Romeo's mother, Montague's wife
  • dies of grief over Romeo's banishment from Verona
Paris
  • one of Prince Escalus' kinsmen
  • most preferred suitor of Juliet
  • behaves as if Juliet was already his wife when Capulet promises him to her even though they have not married yet
Benvolio
  • Montague's nephew and thus, Romeo's cousin but also his friend
  • tries to avoid conflict in public situations, behaves differently in private
  • most of the time, he tries to divert Romeo's thoughts from Rosaline
Prince Escalus
  • the prince of Verona
  • related to Mercutio and Paris
  • tries to maintain civil peace in his city
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