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Ch 11: Prominent Plays & Playwrights: Tutoring Solution

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The Prominent Plays and Playwrights chapter of this SAT Subject Test in Literature Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about prominent plays and playwrights. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the styles and plays of major playwrights required in a typical SAT literature prep course.

How it works:

  • Begin your assignment or other SAT literature prep work.
  • Identify the prominent plays and playwrights concepts that you're stuck on.
  • Find fun videos on the topics you need to understand.
  • Press play, watch and learn!
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • As needed, submit a question to one of our instructors for personalized support.

Who's it for?

This chapter of our SAT literature tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn prominent plays and playwrights and prepare for the exam. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding works by Ben Jonson, Christopher Marlowe, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, Oscar Wilde or Samuel Beckett or any other prominent plays and playwrights topic
  • Have limited time for studying
  • Want a cost effective way to supplement their learning
  • Prefer learning about literature visually
  • Find themselves struggling to prepare for the SAT literature subject test
  • Cope with ADD or ADHD
  • Want to get ahead in preparing for the SAT subject test in literature
  • Don't have access to their SAT literature instructor outside of class

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  • Learn at Your Pace: You can pause and rewatch lessons as often as you'd like, until you master the material.

Learning objectives:

  • Become familiar with the poems of Ben Jonson.
  • Study Christopher Marlowe's biography and plays.
  • Summarize the plot of Waiting for Godot.
  • Examine the works and style of Tennessee Williams.
  • Analyze Arthur Miller's plays.
  • Learn about Oscar Wilde's works and novels.
  • Find out about the life and novels of Samuel Beckett.

14 Lessons in Chapter 11: Prominent Plays & Playwrights: Tutoring Solution
Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

1. Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare

To a great deal of people, for a great deal of time, English playwright and poet Ben Jonson was known merely as a rival (and inferior) to William Shakespeare. But there's more to the story than that! Watch our video lesson to get the skinny on Jonson's life and work.

Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

2. Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays

English playwright Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare with a short but potent body of work to his name. Learn all about his plays - and his fascinating character - from our video lesson!

Waiting for Godot:  Plot, Characters, and Style

3. Waiting for Godot: Plot, Characters, and Style

In this lesson, we'll explore Samuel Beckett's groundbreaking play, Waiting for Godot. We'll look at its main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, and hear an example of their circular, sometimes nonsensical banter. We'll also briefly discuss the play's legacy in modern theater.

Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style

4. Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style

This lesson provides insight into the life, work and style of one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Tennessee Williams. His major works include 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.'

Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays

5. Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays

In this lesson, we will talk about the life of one of America's greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller. We will take a close look at his role in the American political scene of the 1950s and give insight into some of his most influential works.

Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality

6. Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality

From ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' to the ''Importance of Being Earnest'', Oscar Wilde left an indelible mark on literature and theater. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the Victorian author.

Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels

7. Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels

This video will introduce the late modernist author and playwright Samuel Beckett. A close friend of James Joyce, Beckett's works typically portray a meaningless, absurd existence. This is epitomized in his most famous work, 'Waiting for Godot.'

Anton Chekhov: Stories, Plays & Biography

8. Anton Chekhov: Stories, Plays & Biography

The Russian author and playwright Anton Chekhov is considered to be the creator of the 'modern short story.' In this lesson, we will learn about his life and his literary accomplishments.

Blood Wedding: Summary, Characters, Themes & Analysis

9. Blood Wedding: Summary, Characters, Themes & Analysis

'Blood Wedding' by Federico Garcia Lorca is a dramatic play using surrealism and Spanish folk culture. In this lesson, we'll take a look at the summary, characters, and themes to gain a stronger understanding of this renowned work.

Characterization in A Rose For Emily

10. Characterization in A Rose For Emily

'A Rose for Emily' is a Southern Gothic short story by William Faulkner. This haunting story follows the life of Miss Emily Grierson, a doomed woman who is unable to let go of her past...literally. This lesson will focus on the characterization in the story.

Cyrano de Bergerac: Summary, Characters & Author

11. Cyrano de Bergerac: Summary, Characters & Author

You'll probably never encounter a French duke or a 'dame pr├ęcieuse' in the real world, but you can find them readily in Rostand's 'Cyrano de Bergerac.' Read on to get a synopsis of this famous play and a chance to meet its colorful cast and playwright!

Emile Zola: Biography & Books

12. Emile Zola: Biography & Books

In this lesson, you will learn about Emile Zola, one of France's most famous writers. We will discuss his early life, his writings, his part in the Dreyfus Affair, death and legacy.

Iago from Othello: Character Analysis & Overview

13. Iago from Othello: Character Analysis & Overview

Iago is the antagonist in the play 'Othello' by William Shakespeare. His jealousy and envy cause him to destroy the lives of his boss Othello and his boss's wife, Desdemona.

John Webster: Biography & Plays

14. John Webster: Biography & Plays

Not much is known about the private life of writer John Webster, but a white devil and a duchess are his claim to fame. Read on to learn more about John Webster and his plays.

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