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Ch 6: 20th Century Literature - 11th Grade: Tutoring Solution

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The 20th Century Literature chapter of this 11th Grade English Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about 20th century literature. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the major works and authors in 20th century literature required in a typical 11th grade English course.

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Learning Objectives

  • Discuss Oscar Wilde's works and sexuality.
  • Analyze the plot and characters of Conrad's, Heart of Darkness.
  • Explore the life and works of Virginia Woolf.
  • Interpret the symbols found in F. Scott Fitzgerald's, The Great Gatsby.
  • Provide a summary and analysis for Hemingway's, For Whom the Bell Tolls.
  • Discuss the works and style of William Faulkner.
  • Analyze The Grapes of Wrath and other works by John Steinbeck.

23 Lessons in Chapter 6: 20th Century Literature - 11th Grade: Tutoring Solution
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Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality

1. 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.

Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Plot, Characters, and Style

2. Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Plot, Characters, and Style

Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' is one of the most read and taught stories in the English language. It also inspired a hugely popular film. Watch our lesson to learn all about this horrifying classic.

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Overview and Analysis

3. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock: Overview and Analysis

This video introduces T.S. Eliot's poem, 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.' It outlines the general setup of the poem, its enigmatic lead character and its stylistic characteristics. It also highlights key passages.

The Waste Land: Structure and Style Explained

4. The Waste Land: Structure and Style Explained

As an introduction to T.S. Eliot's landmark poem, 'The Waste Land,' this lesson will outline some of the key Modernist features of the work. We'll address nonlinearity, irony and juxtaposition, voice, and allusions. Through taking a look at each of these features, we'll try to understand why 'The Waste Land' is as strange as it is important.

Introduction to Virginia Woolf: Life and Works

5. Introduction to Virginia Woolf: Life and Works

This lesson introduces Virginia Woolf's life and works. We'll cover her involvement with the Bloomsbury Group and the evolution of her experimental style across works like Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and the Waves.

Mrs. Dalloway: Analysis of Characters and Style

6. Mrs. Dalloway: Analysis of Characters and Style

This lesson outlines the characters, major plot points and style of Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel 'Mrs. Dalloway.' We'll discuss how free indirect discourse informs both the style and substance of the novel, and how memory and interpretation are valued more highly than relaying concrete events.

F. Scott Fitzgerald: Biography and Works

7. F. Scott Fitzgerald: Biography and Works

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote one of the defining American novels: 'The Great Gatsby.' Yet, his personal life was tumultuous and filled with struggles. In this lesson, we'll explore his major works and his life story.

The Great Gatsby: Summary, Themes, Symbols, and Character

8. The Great Gatsby: Summary, Themes, Symbols, and Character

F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' is considered by many critics to be the greatest American novel. Watch our video lesson on the novel to find out why!

Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

9. Ernest Hemingway: Biography, Works, and Style

American author Ernest Hemingway used the experiences from his rich and colorful life to inform his novels and short stories. Learn about how life and major works.

Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms: Summary and Analysis

10. Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms: Summary and Analysis

Ernest Hemingway's ''A Farewell to Arms'' is considered by some critics to be the best novel written in the WWI era. Learn why readers still love this story almost a century later.

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway: Summary and Analysis

11. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Hemingway: Summary and Analysis

Civil war in Spain, love in the woods, and death everywhere. It's Ernest Hemingway's 'For Whom the Bell Tolls.' In this lesson, we'll explore the acclaimed novel about an American in the Spanish Civil War.

William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style

12. William Faulkner: Biography, Books, and Style

William Faulkner towers above American literature, particularly American literature of the South. In this lesson, we'll explore his life and review his major works and style.

John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

13. John Steinbeck: Grapes of Wrath and Other Works

John Steinbeck is one of the 20th century's most celebrated authors. In this lesson, we'll look at Steinbeck's most famous work, 'The Grapes of Wrath.' We'll also discuss his style and consider his other major works.

Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

14. Of Mice and Men: Summary and Analysis of Steinbeck's Style

John Steinbeck's 'Of Mice and Men' is one of the most enduring American stories of friendship. Watch this video lesson to learn about its characters, main plot events and key themes.

Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays

15. Eugene O'Neill: Biography and Major Plays

Winner of four Pulitzer Prizes and one Nobel Prize, playwright Eugene O'Neill is a major figure in American drama. In this lesson, we'll look at his tumultuous life and review the most notable plays from his acclaimed career.

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy: Symbolism & Themes

16. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy: Symbolism & Themes

In this lesson we see the use of horses, manhood, loss of innocence, blood, and violence as themes that run through Cormac McCarthy's 'All the Pretty Horses'.

David Foster Wallace: Books & Life

17. David Foster Wallace: Books & Life

In this lesson, we review the works of noted American author David Foster Wallace. A prominent writer, Wallace published some of the most recognizable fiction and nonfiction of his generation.

Denis Johnson: Biography, Poetry & Books

18. Denis Johnson: Biography, Poetry & Books

In Denis Johnson's stories, poems, and plays, darkness is brought out into the light, and we see why he has been called one of the greatest writers to have ever lived. Learn more about Johnson and his works in this lesson.

Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by Williams: Analysis & Overview

19. Landscape with the Fall of Icarus by Williams: Analysis & Overview

In this lesson, you'll dive into the poem 'Landscape with the Fall of Icarus' by William Carlos Williams. You'll learn about what inspired this work and analyze the poem and its symbolism.

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy: Summary & Analysis

20. All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy: Summary & Analysis

The first book of Cormac McCarthy's 'Border Trilogy,' 'All the Pretty Horses' is, at its heart, a romance. It's the story of what happens when a boy tries to hold on for too long to a love and to the cowboy code. It's not as dark as much of McCarthy's other work, but 'All the Pretty Horses' is plenty bleak. Let's take a look inside.

The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima: Summary & Characters

21. The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima: Summary & Characters

In Yukio Mishima's ''The Sound of Waves,'' a young man and woman fall in love only to have their budding relationship nearly ruined by vicious gossip. Go through a summary and learn more about important characters in this lesson.

The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima: Setting & Themes

22. The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima: Setting & Themes

Yukio Mishima's tale about young love has it all: lies, betrayal, a small town, and an angry stepfather. We'll explore how the setting and themes contribute to the progression of young love in this coming-of-age story.

Confessions of a Mask by Mishima: Summary & Analysis

23. Confessions of a Mask by Mishima: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson, we will summarize and analyze 'Confessions of a Mask' by Yukio Mishima. This is a coming of age story about a boy in Japan during World War II who realizes he is homosexual.

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