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- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
- Rip Van Winkle
- Analysis of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poems
- The Cask of Amontillado
- Moby Dick
- The Scarlet Letter
- The works of Emily Dickinson
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- The Great Gatsby
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
16. Elizabeth Bishop: Biography & Famous Poems
From her early childhood spent moving from relative to relative, to her adult life exploring South America, Elizabeth Bishop had a love for travel and an ear for language. In this lesson, we'll go over the poet's life, her famous poems and major literary themes of her works.
17. Harrison Bergeron: Theme & Literary Analysis
'Harrison Bergeron' is a short story about what happens when an attempt to create equality for all citizens goes horribly wrong. This lesson will look at the themes of equality and government control in the story and will also focus on the concept of dystopian fiction.
18. John Hersey: Biography & Books
American author John Hersey was a war correspondent, journalist and novelist. This lesson will outline his life and works, giving you an inside look at his impact on literature.
19. Sara Teasdale: Biography & Poems
In this lesson, we will learn about the life and works of early 20th century American poet, Sara Teasdale (1884-1933). Despite unhappiness in her private life, her work is much celebrated and still relevant today.
20. The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man: Summary & Analysis
James Weldon Johnson's 'The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man' is one of the jewels of the Harlem Renaissance. Learn more about this novel, which details the identity struggle of an African American man in early 20th-century America.
21. The Sun Also Rises by Hemingway: Summary & Analysis
In this lesson, we'll be looking at Ernest Hemingway's famous first work, The Sun Also Rises. We'll summarize the plot, provide some analysis, and then you can test your knowledge with a quiz!
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