Ch 12: AP English - Examples of English Literary Analysis: Help and Review

About This Chapter

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

Who's it for?

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 work of William Shakespeare or working with the summary and theme of Milton's Paradise Lost.
  • Need an efficient way to learn about examples of English literary analysis.
  • Learn best with engaging auditory and visual tools.
  • 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.

How it works:

  • 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 English Literary Analysis 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 Examples of English Literary Analysis chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any relevant question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

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

  • What happens in Beowulf, the Old English epic?
  • Who are some of the key characters in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales?
  • How does fate influence life in Romeo and Juliet?
  • What survival skills can readers learn in Robinson Crusoe?
  • How has Mary Shelley's Frankenstein evolved as a film and literary figure?
  • What happens in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights?
  • What makes The Rime of the Ancient Mariner a Romantic poem?
  • How does T.S. Eliot's poem The Waste Land stand out as a modernist work?

22 Lessons in Chapter 12: AP English - Examples of English Literary Analysis: Help and Review
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Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

1. Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Old English epic, Beowulf. We'll explore what happens, how it's written and why it has such a lasting legacy.

The Canterbury Tales General Prologue: Style, Structure, and Characters

2. The Canterbury Tales General Prologue: Style, Structure, and Characters

In this lesson, we'll go over the General Prologue to Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. We'll take a look at some of the most interesting pilgrims and establish the frame narrative for the rest of the work.

The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale: Two Approaches to Chivalric Romance

3. The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale: Two Approaches to Chivalric Romance

In this lesson, we'll outline some of the key features of the medieval genre of chivalric romance. Then we'll talk about two very different tales that are examples of this genre: The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale.

Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers

4. Romeo and Juliet: Shakespeare's Famous Star-Crossed Lovers

Great tragedies resonate throughout time. In this lesson, we'll go over the role of fate in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. We'll explore the story of his star-crossed lovers and explain some of his most famous quotes.

Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play

5. Macbeth: Themes and Quotes from the Scottish Play

In this lesson, we'll follow how ambition shapes the events of Shakespeare's Scottish play, 'Macbeth'. We'll explore the plot, characters and supernatural elements that are characteristic of this play.

Milton's Paradise Lost: Summary, Theme, and Quotes

6. Milton's Paradise Lost: Summary, Theme, and Quotes

John Milton's 1667 epic poem 'Paradise Lost' is often considered one of the greatest works in the English language. Watch this lesson to learn about the text and its complicated themes.

Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes

7. Robinson Crusoe: Summary and Themes

In this lesson, we'll explore Daniel Defoe's 'Robinson Crusoe' while examining themes present in the work. You may also learn some handy skills if you ever find yourself shipwrecked and having to survive on an island for 28 years.

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film

8. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Literature vs. Film

FIRE BAD! That may be the depth of your experience with Frankenstein. But before he broke into pop culture, the character had a rich literary history. Watch our lesson to learn more!

Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis

9. Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis

'Wuthering Heights' is Emily Bronte's only published novel, but if you're only going to publish one novel in your lifetime, this is a good one. Follow along as this lesson introduces you to the plot, characters and other aspects of this novel.

Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis

10. Rime of the Ancient Mariner: Summary and Analysis

What do you like in a great story? Zombies? Mystery at sea? Ghosts? Large birds? What if you could have them all? You can! In this lesson, we're going to explore the famed Romantic poem ''The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,'' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Byron's Don Juan: Summary, Quotes and Analysis

11. Byron's Don Juan: Summary, Quotes and Analysis

When a complicated, fascinating writer like Lord Byron devotes a huge chunk of his life to a single, sprawling work, you're assured a product that's just like its author, except when it isn't. In this lesson, you'll learn about Lord Byron's epic masterpiece, 'Don Juan.'

A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens' Novel of the French Revolution

12. A Tale of Two Cities: Dickens' Novel of the French Revolution

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. In this video lesson, learn about A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens' classic novel about the French Revolution.

Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class

13. Dickens' Great Expectations: Plot, Characters, and Social Class

In 'Great Expectations,' young Pip has big dreams and lofty goals. All that's standing in his way is pretty much everyone he meets, as well as himself. Watch this lesson to learn more about this classic Charles Dickens novel.

Tennyson's Ulysses:  A Victorian Take on Greece

14. Tennyson's Ulysses: A Victorian Take on Greece

'Ulysses' is a very popular poem by Victorian superstar Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Watch our lesson to learn all about this portrait of a hero... or is he a major jerk?

The Waste Land: Structure and Style Explained

15. 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.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Character & Epiphany

16. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Character & Epiphany

This lesson outlines the plot of Joyce's novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, while focusing on the development of protagonist Stephen Dedalus according to the expectations of the Bildungsroman genre. Additionally, we'll take a look at stylistic elements such as voice and epiphany.

Direct Characterization: Definition & Examples

17. Direct Characterization: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn how an author directly establishes characterization. Unlike a lot of other literary devices, direct characterization is fairly easy to spot. Check your understanding of the lesson with a short quiz at the end.

Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett: Synopsis & Analysis

18. Anna of the Five Towns by Arnold Bennett: Synopsis & Analysis

Arnold Bennett's 'Anna of the Five Towns' is an early 20th-century commentary on the effect of work and industry on personal relationships. In Bennett's novel, this effect becomes devastating --ruining the relationships and lives of important characters.

Lamb to the Slaughter: Theme & Analysis

19. Lamb to the Slaughter: Theme & Analysis

You might know Roald Dahl for his delightful children's stories, but 'Lamb to the Slaughter' is definitely not for the kids! Find out why in this lesson when we analyze this darkly comedic short story.

Mariana by Tennyson: Analysis & Overview

20. Mariana by Tennyson: Analysis & Overview

This lesson looks at the poem 'Mariana' by Alfred Lord Tennyson. Together we'll discuss the poem's background and meaning, learn about the basic structure of the lyrical narrative poem, explore Tennyson's use of imagery and symbolism, and finish the lesson with a quick quiz.

Marianne Moore: Biography, Poems & Poetry Analysis

21. Marianne Moore: Biography, Poems & Poetry Analysis

Marianne Moore was a poet whose life had both ups -- like winning the Pulitzer Prize -- and downs -- like never really knowing her father. Read on to learn more about Ms. Moore.

My Lute, Awake! - Summary & Analysis

22. My Lute, Awake! - Summary & Analysis

'My Lute, Awake!' is a poem by Sir Thomas Wyatt. It relates the thoughts of a scorned suitor, bitter at his rejection. Read about the content and subtext of this example of the darker side of courtly love.

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