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Ch 8: Literature of the Renaissance

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Get the knowledge you need to excel in your class by reviewing this chapter on the literature of the Renaissance period. Review important figures, get introduced to Shakespeare, and learn about the works of John Milton.

Literature of the Renaissance - Chapter Summary

The Renaissance period brought about some of the most important literature of our time. Among the works produced during this period include Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. Explore the lessons in this chapter to learn more about the Renaissance period and its impact on science, religion and literature. Test what you've learned by taking multiple-choice quizzes. In no time, you will understand:

  • Authors, works and important figures of the Renaissance
  • Shakespeare's life and works
  • The plot and characters of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet
  • Themes from the Scottish play MacBeth
  • The major poems and life of John Milton

8 Lessons in Chapter 8: Literature of the Renaissance
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Science & Religion in Renaissance Europe

1. Science & Religion in Renaissance Europe

In this lesson, we will learn about science and religion during the Renaissance. We will explore the role these two forces played in Renaissance Europe, and we will identify the major themes involved.

Important Figures of the Renaissance

2. Important Figures of the Renaissance

In this lesson, we'll learn about some of the important figures of the Renaissance. We'll highlight their significant contributions and achievements, and we'll place them in the context of the Renaissance period.

Introduction to Renaissance Literature: Characterizing Authors and Works

3. 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.

Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

4. Introduction to Shakespeare: Life and Works

This video provides a crash course introduction to William Shakespeare's life, plays, and poetry. From 'Two Gentlemen of Verona' to 'The Tempest', we'll give you a timeline of his works and quick descriptions of what you need to know to identify them.

Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy

5. Hamlet: Beyond the Famous Soliloquy

To be or not to be? In this lesson, that really is the question. Watch this video to learn all about Hamlet, one of Shakespeare's great tragedies. We'll explore its plot, characters and the meaning of that famous phrase.

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

6. 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

7. 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.

Introduction to John Milton: Life and Major Poems

8. Introduction to John Milton: Life and Major Poems

English poet, essayist and political figure John Milton ranks right up there with William Shakespeare in a list of literary greats. Check out this lesson for an overview of Milton's life and most important works.

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