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Gulliver's travels in science and satire. For historians of science, Jonathan Swift's book Gulliver's Travels is well known both as a work of what we might call proto-science fiction and as a satire on the experimental philosophy that was being promoted by the Royal Society at the time of its publication – two years before the death of Isaac Newton.

Gulliver's travels in science and satire

A couple of weeks ago I went to a talk at the very same Society that Swift had mocked as wasting time on projects such as the extraction of sunbeams from cucumbers. It was given by Dr Greg Lynall, a Lecturer in English at the University of Liverpool. Learn English, IELTS, EFL,ESL Public Speaking, Grammar, Literature, Linguistics by NEO. Political Satire in Part I of the Book In Part I we find Swift satirizing the manner in which political offices were distributed among the candidates by the English King in Swift’s time.

Learn English, IELTS, EFL,ESL Public Speaking, Grammar, Literature, Linguistics by NEO

Flimnap, the Treasurer, represents Sir Robert Walpole who was the prime minister of from 1715 to 1716 and then again from 1721 to 1742. Dancing on a tight rope symbolizes ’s skill in parliamentary tactics and political intrigues. The Scarlet Letter Study Guide. Nathaniel Hawthorne's masterwork, The Scarlet Letter (1850) is considered one of the best novels of all time, and an exemplar of Dark Romanticism.

The Scarlet Letter Study Guide

Our study guide offers teachers and students important background about the author, particularly his own experiences at The Custom-House, where he learned to "stick it to the man" and inspired his writing of Hester Prynne's story. Don't skip the Introduction! Read the book: The Scarlet Letter, Character Analysis & Summary, Genre & Themes, Symbolism & Literary Devices, Historical Context, Quotes, Discussion Questions, Paired Readings, Useful Links, and Notes/Teacher Comments Character Analysis Hester Prynne - The woman who committed adultery with a pastor and bore an illegitimate child. Arthur Dimmesdale - The town's pastor with whom Hester had an adulterous affair, impregnating her out of wedlock. Pearl - The "elf child" borne out of wedlock whom her mother Hester raises, but her father Arthur keeps his paternity a secret. The Scarlet Letter: Context.

Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1804.

The Scarlet Letter: Context

His family descended from the earliest settlers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony; among his forebears was John Hathorne (Hawthorne added the “w” to his name when he began to write), one of the judges at the 1692 Salem witch trials. Throughout his life, Hawthorne was both fascinated and disturbed by his kinship with John Hathorne. Raised by a widowed mother, Hawthorne attended Bowdoin College in Maine, where he met two people who were to have great impact upon his life: Henry Wadsworth Long-fellow, who would later become a famous poet, and Franklin Pierce, who would later become president of the United States. After college Hawthorne tried his hand at writing, producing historical sketches and an anonymous novel, Fanshawe, that detailed his college days rather embarrassingly. The Scarlet Letter. Plot[edit] In this painting, The Scarlet Letter by Hugues Merle, Hester Prynne and Pearl are in the foreground and Arthur Dimmesdale and Roger Chillingworth are in the background.

The Scarlet Letter

On June 1642, in the Puritan town of Boston, a crowd gathers to witness the punishment of Hester Prynne, a young woman found guilty of adultery. She is required to wear a scarlet "A" ("A" is the symbol of adultery ) on her dress to shame her. Brain Rules by John Medina - Book Review, Summary and Notes. Knowing and being able to apply time management techniques is a great thing but to truly understand the principles behind them is whole other thing.

Brain Rules by John Medina - Book Review, Summary and Notes

To truly grasp the concepts you have to have a good understanding of how our brains work (neuroscience). Every time management expert I know, ranging from David Allen to Tony Schwartz, are all very knowledgeable on the brain and how it affects your personal productivity. That does not mean you have to be an expert on the brain to become better at managing your life and time, but it would definitely help. To get your feet wet with neuroscience, Brain Rules by John Medina (audiobook) is a great resource to start with and I will show you some of the big ideas of the book to help you understand the importance of the brain in relationship to personal productivity.

One concept you really have to understand is that our brains of today are not very much different than the brains of thousands of years ago. The Kon Mari Method of Organizing Might Change Your Life. After nearly 8 years living in the same apartment, I’m maxed out on space.

The Kon Mari Method of Organizing Might Change Your Life

I’m constantly donating bags of unwanted items to the GoodWill but despite this, I still have too much stuff and not enough space to put it in. I’m constantly rationalizing why I should keep something: “If I lose 5 lbs I’ll love it … maybe it’ll be back in style someday … it was a gift …” those kind of excuses are huge contributing factors to my clutter crisis. Since I’m on a massive mission to declutter, I was excited to discover the Kon Mari Method by Japanese organizing guru Marie Kondo whose internationally best-selling book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing,” was recently released in the US.

In the book, Kondo walks us through her extreme strategy for simplifying, organizing and storing your belongings. Here are 7 do’s and don’ts from the KonMari Method to help you successfully declutter so you can enjoy a tidy home forever … 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.