Ch 5: HiSET: British Literature - Literary Analysis

About This Chapter

Learn to analyze British literature for plot, character, style, structure, and more before you take the HiSET Language Arts - Reading exam. Fun and informative video lessons and quizzes include all of the elements of British literature analysis and teach them simply and clearly.

HiSET British Literature - Literary Analysis - Chapter Summary

Become proficient in analyzing British literature with the fun and effective lessons presented in this chapter. These short video lessons cover all the elements of British literature analysis, including plot, character, style, structure and theme, in a way that makes learning fun. Lessons in this chapter cover:

  • Plot and character analysis in Pride and Prejudice
  • Style, structure and characters in The Canterbury Tales
  • Theme and quotes in Paradise Lost
  • Summary and themes in Robinson Crusoe
  • Overview of plot and character analysis in Wuthering Heights
  • Plot, characters and social class in Great Expectations
  • Structure and style in The Waste Land
  • Plot, characters and style in Heart of Darkness

The lessons in this chapter review all the elements of British literature analysis and come with quizzes to test your comprehension of the material. Each component is broken down in a way that makes it very easy to understand, and by the end of this chapter you'll be comfortable analyzing British literature.

HiSET British Literature - Literary Analysis Objectives

The HiSET is a high-school equivalency exam used to assess your knowledge of high-school level academics. The Language Arts - Reading section of the test measures your ability to analyze, understand and interpret many different types of literary and informational texts. The subtest devotes 60% of its questions to literary texts, including questions on British literature. Our lessons and quizzes help you prepare for British literature analysis topics you will be tested on in the actual HiSET exam.

The Language Arts Reading section of the HiSET exam will present you with a broad array of literary and informational passages followed by a series of questions about the passage. You will be evaluated on your ability to analyze, understand and interpret the passages you read via 40 multiple-choice questions.

10 Lessons in Chapter 5: HiSET: British Literature - Literary Analysis
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Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis

1. Pride and Prejudice: Plot and Character Analysis

In this lesson, we'll go over the quintessential romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice. We'll take a look at all of the factors conspiring to keep Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy apart as well as read some of Jane Austen's sparkling prose.

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.

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

3. 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

4. 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.

Wuthering Heights: Plot Overview and Character Analysis

5. 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.

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

6. 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.

The Waste Land: Structure and Style Explained

7. 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.

Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Plot, Characters, and Style

8. Conrad's Heart of Darkness: Plot, Characters, and Style

Joseph Conrad's 'Heart of Darkness' is one of the most read and taught stories in the English language. It also inspired a hugely popular film. Watch our lesson to learn all about this horrifying classic.

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by Wordsworth: Summary & Analysis

9. I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud by Wordsworth: Summary & Analysis

In this lesson we will reflect upon William Wordworth's poem, 'I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.' William Wordsworth loved to display the beauty of nature in his works and ponder on what emotional responses nature could evoke.

The Lake Isle of Innisfree by Yeats: Summary, Analysis & Theme

10. The Lake Isle of Innisfree by Yeats: Summary, Analysis & Theme

In William Butler Yeats poem 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree,' the author presents an idyllic setting. In this lesson, we will both summarize and analyze this 3-stanza poem and discover what drew Yeats to this peaceful place of refuge on Lough Gill in Ireland.

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