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- Middlemarch plot summary
1. Introduction to Victorian Literature: Overview of Themes, Style, and Authors
Victorian literature is literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the triumph of right over wrong.
2. Introduction to Robert Browning: Life and Poems
Robert Browning was a Victorian poet who liked to write creepy monologues about killers, monarchs and more killers. Learn all about him in our video lesson!
3. Introduction to Charles Dickens: Works, Style, and Influence
Ebenezer Scrooge. Oliver Twist. Miss Havisham. David Copperfield. These are among literature's most fascinating figures, and they were all created by the same author. Watch this lesson to learn more about one of the English language's greatest authors, Charles Dickens.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. David Copperfield: Dickens' Bildungsroman
The novel 'David Copperfield' is a coming of age story full of wicked villains, noble friends and true love. Watch this lesson to learn more about the novel that Dickens considered his best.
7. Oliver Twist: Plot and Characters in Dickens' Social Novel
It's Oliver Twist, the tale of an orphan boy who's mistreated, kidnapped once or twice, and saved once or twice, but all along never loses his plucky optimism. Watch this lesson to find out more!
8. Middlemarch: Eliot's Novel of Provincial Life
In this lesson, we'll introduce the characters and many twisted plotlines of George Eliot's classic novel, 'Middlemarch.' Called the only Victorian novel 'written for grown-up people' by Virginia Woolf, this work is both expansive and highly realistic.
9. Jarvis Lorry: Character Analysis & Overview
In Charles Dickens' novel, 'A Tale of Two Cities,' the character Jarvis Lorry serves as a consistent thread of loyalty throughout the plot. In this lesson, we will get to know Jarvis Lorry a little better.
10. Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde: Summary & Overview
'Lady Windermere's Fan' was one of Oscar Wilde's first social comedies and a satire on upper and middle class society. Read on to learn about the plot of this play and to get an overview.
11. Lucie Manette in Tale of Two Cities: Character Analysis & Quotes
In 'A Tale of Two Cities,' by Charles Dickens, we are introduced to a young woman who portrays both innocence and unconditional love and embodies compassion. In this lesson, we will get to know this young woman, Lucie Manette.
12. Mr. Bumble in Oliver Twist: Character Analysis & Overview
Mr. Bumble is minor character in Dickens' ''Oliver Twist'', but he plays a major role in Oliver's life and development. Learn more about the character Mr. Bumble in this lesson.
13. Porphyria's Lover by Robert Browning: Summary, Analysis & Themes
In this lesson, we'll learn about English poet Robert Browning's poem 'Porphyria's Lover.' We will read the poem together and learn about its common interpretations and themes.
14. Robert Louis Stevenson: Biography, Poems & Books
Whether in search of buried treasure or the dark depths of the human soul, Robert Louis Stevenson is always sure to take you on a rip-roaring adventure! Find out more about this Scottish literary celebrity and his world-renowned work in this lesson.
15. Silas Marner by George Eliot: Summary, Analysis & Characters
In this lesson, we will be introduced to the touching story of Silas Marner, a weaver who turns from a life of greed to a life of generosity. This story has a strong redemptive theme - it is a tale of loyalty, forgiveness, and adoptive love.
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