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Cause and effect is the idea that a certain action results because of another action. It is basically the idea that all actions have consequences, whether good or bad. The correlation of one event to another. More »

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To teach cause and effect, give concrete examples of how cause and effect works, and allow the students to practice with their own scenarios. Explain that there are consequences for actions and provide a list of causes s... More »

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One example of false cause and effect is using the scientific observation that increased temperature correlates with increased pressure to make the assumption that temperature causes pressure. Another example is observin... More »

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Aristotle's three unities of drama are unity of time, unity of place and unity of action. The three unities are derived from Aristotle's work "Poetics," and they represent neoclassical concepts. More »

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The purpose of the prologue in Sophocles' play, "Oedipus Rex," is to inform the audience of the events leading up to the main action of the play. The prologue also offers a narrative to these events. More »

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Symbolism in literature is an object, person, action or situation that has both a literal and additional meaning. For example, in Christian literature, a tree may symbolize Christ's execution cross. More »

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