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Ch 10: Analyzing American Literature: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Analyzing American Literature chapter of this SAT Literature Help and Review course is the simplest way to master American literature analysis. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of analyzing American literature for the SAT.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering material for the SAT subject test in literature will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn literature concepts for the SAT. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding how to summarize and analyze major American literary works
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about analysis of American literature for the SAT
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra literature learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Analyzing American Literature chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Analyzing American Literature chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any question about analyzing American literature. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an analysis of American literature unit of a standard SAT subject test in literature course. Topics covered include:

  • Summary and analysis of works by Washington Irving
  • Analysis of poetry from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • The Cask of Amontillado summary and analysis
  • Analysis of The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Moby Dick analysis and summary
  • Analysis of an allegory using The Scarlet Letter
  • Analysis of poems by Emily Dickinson
  • Themes and symbols from The Great Gatsby
  • Analysis of Steinbeck's style in Of Mice and Men
  • Poems of the Jazz Age analysis

25 Lessons in Chapter 10: Analyzing American Literature: Help and Review
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Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: Summary and Analysis

1. 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.

Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle: Summary and Analysis

2. 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.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poem Analysis

3. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: Poem Analysis

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was known as a fireside poet because his poems were read by the fire as a means of entertainment. Learn about how he created American history through the use of musical elements, like rhythm and rhyme scheme.

Poe's The Cask of Amontillado: Summary and Analysis

4. 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.'

Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

5. Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven: Summary and Analysis

This video introduces Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Raven.' Through Poe's use of poetic devices and dark Romantic characteristics, he is able to achieve the 'unity of effect' to appeal to critics and the masses both during his time and even still today.

Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis

6. Herman Melville: Moby-Dick Summary and Analysis

''Moby Dick'' is not just a boring story about a whale. Its popularity is still strong today (guess what major coffee chain takes its name from the story) thanks to Herman Melville's raunchy jokes about sperm whales. Oh, the fact it's a great story about evil and revenge doesn't hurt either.

The Scarlet Letter: Summary and Analysis of an Allegory

7. The Scarlet Letter: Summary and Analysis of an Allegory

See how Nathaniel Hawthorne uses allegory and symbolism to illustrate the affair and resulting guilt between a minister and a Puritan woman in his novel 'The Scarlet Letter.'

Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

8. Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience: Summary and Analysis

Henry David Thoreau wrote the essay Civil Disobedience to show his opposition to slavery and American imperialism. His essay has influenced many prominent civil rights activists, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

9. Emily Dickinson: Poems and Poetry Analysis

Emily Dickinson was a well-known poet of the mid-1800s whose numerous works have stood the test of time. But what in the world did her poems really mean? In this video, we'll explore one of her most recognized pieces and analyze its meaning and purpose.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Themes and Analysis

10. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Themes and Analysis

In this lesson, we will continue our exploration of Mark Twain's most acclaimed work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, through an analysis of plot, characters, and theme.

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

11. 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!

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

12. 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.

Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

13. Langston Hughes & the Harlem Renaissance: Poems of the Jazz Age

Langston Hughes was a popular poet from the Harlem Renaissance. His Jazz Age poems, including 'Harlem' and 'I, Too, Sing America,' discussed the racism facing African Americans in the 1920s and '30s.

Hemingway's The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

14. Hemingway's The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber

In this lesson, you will learn a brief overview of the plot, characters, and central themes in Ernest Hemingway's short story 'The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber'.

Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart: Summary, Themes & Analysis

15. Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart: Summary, Themes & Analysis

One of Poe's most famous and shortest stories, 'The Tell-Tale Heart' has become a macabre classic, but you might still be unacquainted with its craziness. Check out this lesson with a synopsis and analysis of the story to see just how crazy things get!

Young Goodman Brown: Summary, Analysis & Symbolism

16. 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.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: Summary & Characters

17. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: Summary & Characters

In this lesson, we will learn about L. Frank Baum's children's book, 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'. After a brief introduction, we will go over a summary of the plot and a list of the characters. We will wrap up the lesson with a short quiz.

What is an Extended Metaphor in Literature? - Definition & Examples

18. What is an Extended Metaphor in Literature? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will define extended metaphor and explain why an author may use it. We will then look at several different examples of extended metaphor used in poetry, including in Emily Dickinson's poem 'Hope Is the Thing With Feathers'.

Edgar Lee Masters: Biography & Poems

19. Edgar Lee Masters: Biography & Poems

Who was Edgar Lee Masters? In this lesson, you will learn about the biography and poems of Edgar Lee Masters, including the highly acclaimed ''Spoon River Anthology.''

Edward Albee: Biography & Plays

20. Edward Albee: Biography & Plays

This lesson details the life of the American playwright, Edward Albee, and his work, including his famous play, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Read the lesson and take the quiz!

James Dickey: Biography, Poems & Novels

21. James Dickey: Biography, Poems & Novels

In this lesson, you will get a brief overview of the life, work, themes, style, and influences of the esteemed Georgian poet, novelist, and essayist James Dickey. You will then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Kate Dicamillo: Biography, Books & Facts

22. Kate Dicamillo: Biography, Books & Facts

You've probably heard of (or read!) the book ''Because of Winn-Dixie'', but how much do you know about its author, Kate DiCamillo? In this lesson, you will learn about the early life of DiCamillo and how she went on to write national bestsellers.

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: Biography, Books & Facts

23. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: Biography, Books & Facts

You may have read or at least heard of the book ''Shiloh,'' but what do you know about its author? In this lesson, you will learn about the biography and works of the acclaimed American author, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano Analysis

24. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano Analysis

This lesson offers a literary critical analysis of Olaudah Equiano's autiobiography, 'The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano.' This book is about the author's life of slavery.

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan: Summary & Characters

25. Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan: Summary & Characters

Koly, the protagonist of Gloria Whelan's 'Homeless Bird,' is thirteen years old, and she's getting married. This National Book Award winner tells the story of Koly struggling against the forces of culture and tradition.

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