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- Identify the lessons in Holt McDougal Literature's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet chapter with which you need help.
- Find the corresponding video lessons within this companion course chapter.
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Students will learn:
- Renaissance authors and major works
- Tragedy in drama
- Analysis methods for dramatic works
- Examples of iambic pentameter
- Role of fate in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
- Significance of Friar Laurence's soliloquy
- Character analysis of Mercutio
- Analysis of the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet
- Examples of fables, folktales, myths and legends
- Key quotes and characters in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
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1. Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works
Chances are, you've heard of the term 'Renaissance' before, but do you know what it means? Watch this video to learn about how this artistic movement forever altered England and the way we look at literature.
2. Tragedy in Drama: Classical to Modern
Nearly every story has a hero, but some are better off by the end of the story than others. In this video, we learn what is so tragic about the hero in a tragedy.
3. Analyzing Dramatic Works: Theme, Character Development & Staging
If 'All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players,' then why does analyzing a dramatic script seem so difficult? Find out how to make analyzing dramatic works easier with a four-step process in this video lesson.
4. Iambic Pentameter: Definition & Examples
Iambic pentameter is a poetic device that has been used by famous writers for centuries. In this lesson, find out how to identify iambic pentameter in many of the poems and sonnets you have read.
5. 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.
6. Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet: Soliloquy & Letter to Romeo
Friar Laurence may be the most important character in Shakespeare's play not named Romeo or Juliet. Read about the importance of Friar Laurence's soliloquy and how if a certain letter had made it to Romeo, an epic tragedy could have been avoided.
7. Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet: Character Analysis, Personality & Traits
Every hero needs a best friend. In this lesson, we'll learn about Mercutio, Romeo's loyal comedic foil, who loses his life in a duel in order to protect the Montague name.
8. Balcony Scene in Romeo and Juliet: Summary & Analysis
The balcony scene in 'Romeo and Juliet' stands alone as one of literature's most poetic, romantic exchanges between two lovers, and Shakespeare reveals their love through the use iambic pentameter and metaphor.
9. The Fable, Folktale, Myth, Legend: Differences and Examples
In this lesson, learn about fables, folktales, myths and legends, stories that entertain and serve instructive or educational purposes. Discover how these types of stories differ from one another and about their prevalence throughout the world.
10. A Midsummer Night's Dream: Summary, Quotes and Characters
In this lesson, you'll learn about how love goes awry when magic interferes with the crazy exploits of a group of young Athenians, some fairies and some amateur actors in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Other chapters within the Holt McDougal Literature Grade 9 Common Core Edition: Online Textbook Help course
- Holt McDougal Literature Introductory Unit
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 1: Narrative Structure
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 2 Characterization & Point of View
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 3: Setting, Mood, & Imagery
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 4: Theme and Symbol
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 5: Author's Purpose
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 6: Argument & Persuasion
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 7: The Language of Poetry
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 8: Author's Style & Voice
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 9: History, Culture, & the Author
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 11: The Odyssey
- Holt McDougal Literature Chapter 12: The Power of Research