Ch 10: AP English - Examples of American Literary Analysis: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Examples of American Literary Analysis chapter of this AP English Literature Help and Review course is the simplest way to master analyses of American literature. 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 American literary analysis.

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Anyone who needs help understanding AP English literature material will benefit from taking this course. You will be able to grasp the subject matter faster, retain critical knowledge longer and earn better grades. You're in the right place if you:

  • Have fallen behind in understanding the characteristics of the Romantic period or working with literary realism and the use of dialect.
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  • Struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD.
  • Experience difficulty understanding your teachers.
  • Missed class time and need to catch up.
  • Can't access extra English learning resources at school.

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  • Start at the beginning, or identify the topics that you need help with.
  • Watch and learn from fun videos, reviewing as needed.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Submit questions to one of our instructors for personalized support if you need extra help.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Examples of American Literary Analysis chapter exam.

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Students will review:

In this chapter, you'll learn the answers to questions including:

  • How are Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow representative of the Romantic period?
  • Why is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow a 'fireside poet'?
  • What makes Edgar Allen Poe a Dark Romantic?
  • Why is Herman Melville's Moby Dick still popular today?
  • How does Nathaniel Hawthorne use literary symbolism in The Scarlet Letter?
  • What is Emily Dickinson's most famous poem?
  • What uniquely American concerns and themes can be found in Huckleberry Finn, Of Mice and Men, The Great Gatsby and Uncle Tom's Cabin?
  • How did the Harlem Renaissance and Jazz Age poems of Langston Hughes address racism?
  • How does Arthur Miller address family relationships in Death of a Salesman?

20 Lessons in Chapter 10: AP English - Examples of American Literary Analysis: 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.

Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War

11. Uncle Tom's Cabin and the American Civil War

In this lesson, we will explore the context, characters and plot of one of the country's most influential novels, Harriet Beecher Stowe's 'Uncle Tom's Cabin.' Then, find out how it inched America closer to the Civil War.

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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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.

Miller's Death of a Salesman: Summary and Analysis

15. Miller's Death of a Salesman: Summary and Analysis

In 'Death of a Salesman,' Willy Loman just can't catch a break. And if the title is an indicator, things won't end well. In this lesson, we'll look at Arthur Miller's 1949 masterpiece about a salesman and his family.

Elizabeth Proctor: Character Traits & Analysis

16. Elizabeth Proctor: Character Traits & Analysis

Elizabeth Proctor is one of the central characters in Arthur Miller's play 'The Crucible.' She transforms from a puritanical stereotype into a flawed and more personable character. Learn more about Elizabeth Proctor and test your understanding through a 5-question quiz.

Benito Cereno: Summary, Themes & Analysis

17. Benito Cereno: Summary, Themes & Analysis

In this lesson, we'll be looking at Benito Cereno, the novella about a slaver ship revolt written by Herman Melville in 1855. We'll be looking at the characters of the story, the story itself, its themes, and provide an analysis. Following this, you can test your knowledge with a quiz!

Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe: Summary & Analysis

18. Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe: Summary & Analysis

The 1980s is thought of as a period of decadence, over the top spending and very little regard for the after effects. Tom Wolfe saw the makings of a really great story and captured it in Bonfire of the Vanities. 'Junk Bond King' Michael Milken was just one of the many faces of an over the top New York, and Bonfire takes you right into the center of the action.

Brave New World: Setting & Analysis

19. Brave New World: Setting & Analysis

'Brave New World,' published by Aldous Huxley in 1932, is the story of a futuristic society that finds happiness through drugs and promiscuity. This lesson will look at the theme of the danger of technology. It will also define dystopian fiction.

Characterization in Frankenstein

20. Characterization in Frankenstein

In this lesson, we will review the major characteristics of key figures in Mary Shelley's classic novel 'Frankenstein.' Learn how Shelley used similarities and differences between characters to highlight their personalities!

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