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Ch 4: 19th-Century Romantic Short Stories

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Study 19th-century Romantic short stories with this convenient study guide chapter. These engaging literature lessons and quizzes can be used for test preparation, homework help, tutoring and independent learning.

19th-Century Romantic Short Stories - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, our expert literature instructors explore the the characteristics and authors of 19th-century Romantic short stories. After identifying literary elements that are found in Romantic literature, you'll learn about the life and works of famous authors from the period, including Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. Each video lesson comes with a short quiz and a printable transcript. If you have any questions about these short story topics, simply reach out to our instructors online. The chapter is available 24/7 and accessible on any device that has an Internet connection. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the characteristics of Romanticism in literature
  • Identify authors of Gothic fiction
  • Assess the life and works of author Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Analyze examples of symbolism found in Hawthorne's ''The Birthmark'' and ''Young Goodman Brown''
  • Evaluate examples of figurative language in Poe's ''The Cast of Amontillado''
  • Describe the use of onomatopoeia in Poe's ''The Raven''

10 Lessons in Chapter 4: 19th-Century Romantic Short Stories
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Romanticism in Short Stories: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

1. Romanticism in Short Stories: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

The Romantic Movement was one of the most influential periods in literature, and it continues to influence modern stories. This lesson outlines the traits common in Romantic short stories.

Gothic Fiction: Definition, Characteristics & Authors

2. Gothic Fiction: Definition, Characteristics & Authors

In this lesson we will learn about 'Gothic fiction'. We discuss its characteristics and some of the authors involved in the genre. Afterwards, you will be asked to take a short quiz to test your comprehension.

Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis

3. Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis

The story of 'Rip Van Winkle' is one of enchantments and escape. In this lesson, we look at how Washington Irving uses his words and Romantic characteristics to create the story's theme.

Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis

4. Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis

Everyone loves a scary story now and then. Learn how Washington Irving's famous story, ''The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,'' uses imagination and the supernatural to make it a Romantic piece of American literature that is still adapted by television today.

The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Summary, Analysis & Symbolism

5. The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Summary, Analysis & Symbolism

Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'The Birthmark', published in 1843, is the story of a scientist who is obsessed with removing a birthmark from his wife's cheek. This lesson will look at the themes of obsessive love and the conflict between science and nature.

Young Goodman Brown: Summary, Analysis & Symbolism

6. Young Goodman Brown: Summary, Analysis & Symbolism

Nathaniel Hawthorne's 'Young Goodman Brown' is a short story that's rich in meaning. In this lesson, we'll go over the plot points, themes, characters, and symbols.

John Polidori's The Vampyre: Summary  & Analysis

7. John Polidori's The Vampyre: Summary & Analysis

In John Polidori's ''The Vampyre,'' two men decide to travel together in Europe. On their journey, one of the men notices that his companion has troubling habits-- including one which is deadly.

Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher: Summary and Analysis

8. Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher: Summary and Analysis

Learn how Poe uses diction, point of view, symbols, and personification to create his most celebrated short story 'The Fall of the House of Usher,' a story about premature burial, death, and sorrow.

Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

9. Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

This video explores Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Cask of Amontillado,' a Dark Romantic short story that illustrates the horrors of evil. By breaking down the elements of plot, we can see that Poe's intentional selection of details in the story create his 'unity of effect.'

Figurative Language in The Cask of Amontillado

10. Figurative Language in The Cask of Amontillado

In this lesson we will explore the use of figurative language in Edgar Allen Poe's short story 'The Cask of Amontillado.' We will also discuss figurative language itself, using quotations from the story as examples.

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