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- Provide summaries and analyses for Washington Irving's, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle.
- Analyze the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
- Discuss Edgar Allan Poe's, The Cask of Amontillado and The Raven.
- Summarize and analyze Herman Melville's, Moby Dick.
- Look at The Scarlett Letter as an example of allegory.
- Interpret Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau.
- Discuss and analyze Emily Dickinson's poems.
- Analyze the themes found in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
- Identify the themes and symbols in The Great Gatsby.
- Take a look at Of Mice and Men and analyze Steinbeck's style.
- Become familiar with the poetry of Langston Hughes.
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. 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!
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.
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.
14. Ann Radcliffe's The Romance of the Forest: Summary & Analysis
This is a summary and brief analysis of Ann Radcliffe's gothic novel The Romance of the Forest. We will look at the themes of this work as well as the major themes in the gothic style. After the lesson, test yourself with a quiz.
15. Characterization in The Great Gatsby
When you read 'The Great Gatsby', one of the most compelling parts of the story is the way F. Scott Fitzgerald describes his characters. This lesson explores the role of characterization in 'The Great Gatsby'.
16. Chaucer's Troilus And Criseyde: Summary & Analysis
This lesson covers the main plot and important themes of Geoffrey Chaucer's ''Troilus and Criseyde'', including the components of Greek tragedy and the personification of the belief in Destiny, Fortune, and Love.
17. Dr. Manette: Character Analysis & Quotes
The good doctor Manette embodies both suffering and forgiveness in Dicken's novel 'A Tale of Two Cities.' In this lesson, we will see how Dr. Manette suffers and triumphs through his unjust imprisonment in the Bastille during the time of the French Revolution.
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