We think that SparkNotes are an excellent way to supplement your understanding of great works of literature, which can often be extremely confusing. Teachers tell us that they use SparkNotes in their classrooms for this purpose, as well as in conjunction with longer books that they do not have time to teach in their entirety.
SparkNotes are meant to help you understand literature—not as a substitute for it.
Reading a SparkNote instead of reading a book is misusing a SparkNote. Those of us who write SparkNotes love the books that we write about, and we want you to read them as well!
We believe that the content of SparkNotes reflects this philosophy—our analysis sections are detailed and longer than our summaries, and the supplementary sections, such as "Character Analysis" and "Themes, Motifs, and Symbols" are scholarly secondary material that can be invaluable when developing paper ideas or writing papers.
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The writers of SparkNotes are professors and graduate students who specialize in the subjects and books they cover. Their enthusiasm and expertise about literature ensure that we’re providing you with the best content possible.
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Note that when citing a SparkNote’s author, it’s most accurate to credit “SparkNotes Editors” instead of a single name, since the guide may have been created through a collaboration between several writers.
Many of our SparkNotes are about books that are available in different versions and editions, each of which have different ways of numbering pages. A quote that appears on page 27 of your book might be on page 34 of someone else's, so it is impossible to include consistently accurate page numbers. We do cite passages from works of drama with act and scene numbers, however.
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About SparkNotes Plus
SparkNotes Plus is a brand new subscription plan designed to help you ace your English homework, your in-class essays, your AP Lit exam, and everything in between. When you sign up for SparkNotes Plus, you’ll get exclusive access to awesome features only available to subscribers, like interactive flashcards, in-depth mastery quizzes, AP Test Prep, and much more. Oh, and when you’re signed into your Plus account, every single page on SparkNotes will be 100% ad-free!
With your SparkNotes Plus subscription, you’ll be able to use the entire site completely ad-free, and you’ll have exclusive access to these grade-boosting study tools…
- Our famous No Fear Shakespeare content, which features easy-to-understand, line-by-line translations of Shakespeare’s most popular plays (plus his sonnets!) and brand new immersive audio for Hamlet, Macbeth, and more!
- Interactive flashcard decks so you can quiz yourself on key details, characters, and events from our most popular guides
- A personalized dashboard that saves your notes, quiz scores, and favorite pages
- Mastery Quizzes with complex questions and detailed answers that include in-depth feedback
- Our No Fear Literature content, which features modern-day translations paired with the original text for A Tale of Two Cities, The Canterbury Tales, and more classic novels
- AP Language and Literature Test Prep with teacher-approved interactive lessons, multiple-choice practice sets, and valuable exam-taking strategies
- A note-taking tool that lets you highlight anywhere in any guide so you can create and save your own customized notes
- Stunning, full-color infographics for # classic novels featuring visual plot summaries, character descriptions, themes, and more
- Graphic novels for Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth with illustrations of every scene and line-by-line translations of the text
The monthly plan is $4.99/month plus tax, and the annual plan is $24.99/year plus tax (yep, you’ll save 50% if you choose the annual plan!). If you’d like to cancel, please do so before your subscription automatically renews so that you won’t be charged for the next cycle.
SparkNotes Plus subscribers not only get access to tons of new, exclusive content, they also get a completely ad-free experience, which means you’ll never be distracted by ads while you’re trying to study. If you use SparkNotes without a subscription, you’ll always have ads on your screen.
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