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Post-WWI Short Stories - Chapter Summary
This comprehensive literature chapter contains engaging lessons on significant post-WWI short stories. You'll study the most important writers of the time period, and our expert instructors will analyze several short stories, including ''Johnny Bear,''''A Rose for Emily'' and ''Hills Like White Elephants.'' Each lesson comes with a short quiz, and the chapter concludes with a comprehensive multiple-choice exam. You can access the chapter whenever you need it using your computer or mobile device. Print the lesson transcripts for offline study, and be sure to submit questions to our instructors if you need any extra help. Upon completion of the chapter, you should be equipped to:
- Identify famous expatriate writers of the 20th century
- Analyze the plot and characters of ''Babylon Revisited''
- Evaluate the characters, settings, themes and symbols from ''Hills Like White Elephants''
- Describe the characteristics of southern Gothic literature
- Assess the themes, characters and symbols from Faulkner's ''A Rose for Emily''
- Recognize the author and themes of ''Fathers & Sons''
- Analyze the themes from John Steinbeck's ''Johnny Bear''
1. The Lost Generation: Expatriate Writers of the 20th Century
In this lesson, we will explore the effects of WWI on the American literary community. We will take a look at the Lost Generation of writers, the characteristics of their work and the ways in which they represented post-war attitudes both in the U.S. and abroad.
2. Babylon Revisited: Summary, Characters & Analysis
Whether you've read this short story before or you're here for a revisit, this lesson can help you understand the real story behind 'Babylon Revisited.' Get a synopsis and analysis of characters in this Fitzgerald favorite.
3. Hills Like White Elephants: Summary, Characters & Setting
If you've never read Hemingway's 'Hills Like White Elephants' or if you want to refresh your memory, there's no better place to start than right here! In this lesson, you'll get a synopsis of the short story and a closer look at its characters and setting.
4. Hills Like White Elephants: Theme, Symbolism & Literary Analysis
'To be or not to be?' You might think that just Hamlet posed that question, but Hemingway's 'Hills like White Elephants' asks the same thing. In this lesson, learn how the theme of this 1927 short story is still a hot-button issue today!
5. Southern Gothic Literature: Definition, Characteristics & Authors
In this lesson, we will begin with the definition of Southern Gothic literature. We will then discuss the history of the genre, its characteristics and some of the key authors.
6. A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner: Summary, Theme & Analysis
In William Faulkner's strange and startling short story 'A Rose for Emily,' the reader is introduced to one of literature's most talked-about female characters: Emily Grierson. Learn about how her eccentric life highlighted tensions surrounding change in the South and how death and other Gothic elements tie this story together.
7. A Rose for Emily: Characters & Symbolism
This lesson details the characters and symbolism in William Faulkner's Southern Gothic story, 'A Rose for Emily.' In this lesson, you will take a deep look into the lonely life of a woman in a small Southern town.
8. Fathers & Sons: Summary & Author
As with all things Ernest Hemingway wrote, his short story, ~''Fathers and Sons~'' is about more than its plot. This lesson looks at Hemingway's life and summarizes this autobiographical story.
9. Fathers and Sons: Themes & Analysis
This lesson provides an overview of some of the main themes in Ernest Hemingway's short story, 'Fathers and Sons.' Because of Hemingway's writing style, there are several different possible interpretations for the story, but these will get you started!
10. Johnny Bear by John Steinbeck: Summary & Themes
'Johnny Bear' is a short story written by iconic American author John Steinbeck in 1938. This clever and somewhat disturbing narrative explores the dual themes of secrets and impossibly high standards of behavior.
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- Short Story Analysis
- Historical Precursors to the Short Story
- 19th-Century Romantic Short Stories
- 19th-Century Russian Realism in Short Stories
- 19th-Century British Short Stories
- 19th & Early 20th-Century American Naturalist Short Stories
- Early 20th-Century Feminist Short Stories
- Literary Modernist Short Stories
- Short Stories in Multicultural Literature
- Short Stories in Postcolonial Literature
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