About This Chapter
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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding key plays and works by prominent playwrights
- Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
- Students who prefer multiple ways of learning literature (visual or auditory)
- Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
- Students who need an efficient way to learn about prominent plays and playwrights for the SAT
- Students who struggle to understand their teachers
- Students who attend schools without extra literature learning resources
How it works:
- Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
- Press play and watch the video lesson.
- Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
- Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
- Verify you're ready by completing the Prominent Plays and Playwrights chapter exam.
Why it works:
- Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
- Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
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Students will review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a prominent plays and playwrights unit of a standard SAT subject test in literature course. Topics covered include:
- Ben Jonson's plays and poems
- Christopher Marlowe's biography and plays
- Plot and characters in Waiting for Godot
- Tennessee Williams' style and works
- Arthur Miller's major plays
- Oscar Wilde's novels and plays
- Samuel Beckett's biography and works
1. Introduction to Ben Jonson: Poems, Plays and Shakespeare
To a great deal of people, for a great deal of time, English playwright and poet Ben Jonson was known merely as a rival (and inferior) to William Shakespeare. But there's more to the story than that! Watch our video lesson to get the skinny on Jonson's life and work.
2. Introduction to Christopher Marlowe: Biography and Plays
English playwright Christopher Marlowe was a contemporary of Shakespeare with a short but potent body of work to his name. Learn all about his plays - and his fascinating character - from our video lesson!
3. Waiting for Godot: Plot, Characters, and Style
In this lesson, we'll explore Samuel Beckett's groundbreaking play, Waiting for Godot. We'll look at its main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, and hear an example of their circular, sometimes nonsensical banter. We'll also briefly discuss the play's legacy in modern theater.
4. Tennessee Williams: Biography, Works, and Style
This lesson provides insight into the life, work and style of one of the most influential playwrights of our time, Tennessee Williams. His major works include 'A Streetcar Named Desire' and 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.'
5. Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays
In this lesson, we will talk about the life of one of America's greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller. We will take a close look at his role in the American political scene of the 1950s and give insight into some of his most influential works.
6. Introduction to Oscar Wilde: Plays, Novels, and Sexuality
From ''The Picture of Dorian Gray'' to the ''Importance of Being Earnest'', Oscar Wilde left an indelible mark on literature and theater. In this lesson, you'll learn all about the Victorian author.
7. Introduction to Samuel Beckett: Life, Plays, and Novels
This video will introduce the late modernist author and playwright Samuel Beckett. A close friend of James Joyce, Beckett's works typically portray a meaningless, absurd existence. This is epitomized in his most famous work, 'Waiting for Godot.'
8. Pierre Renoir: Biography, Paintings & Facts
French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir is remembered as one of the most prominent members of the Impressionist movement. His celebrated works captured vibrant scenes of late-19th century life.
9. An Enemy of the People by Arthur Miller: Summary, Characters, Theme & Analysis
In this lesson you will learn about Dr. Stockmann and Peter Stockmann, and their story in ''An Enemy of the People'', a Henrik Ibsen play rewritten by Arthur Miller. You will also learn about two themes, or underlying messages, from this play.
10. Anton Chekhov: Plays & Short Stories
Anton Chekhov was a famous Russian playwright and writer. In this lesson we will learn about his life, plays, and short stories. A short quiz will test our knowledge.
11. Ben Jonson's Volpone: Summary, Analysis & Characters
Ben Jonson's Volpone is a play about a rich man named Volpone who cons greedy men of Venice out of their possessions. Learn what happens in the play while becoming familiar with the main theme and major characters.
12. Bus Stop: Summary & Playwright
William Inge wrote several well-known plays including 'Bus Stop', a romantic tale about a cowboy and a nightclub singer. Bo, the cowboy, decides to marry Cherie without any regard for her wishes. In this lesson, we will find out how Bo eventually learns to consider Cherie's feelings.
13. Calpurnia in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: Character Traits & Analysis
This lesson provides a brief summary of Shakespeare's tragedy ''Julius Caesar'' and examines the role of Caesar's wife, Calpurnia. Her role in the play is small, but it adds a great deal of complexity and emotion to the story.
14. Characterization in The Crucible
Arthur Miller's ''The Crucible'' is one of the most performed American dramas, and its richly imagined, conflicted and passionate characters are one reason for the play's popularity.
15. Noel Coward: Biography & Plays
Imagine writing a super popular play in less than a week and then starring in it. Sounds impossible, right? In this lesson you will learn about Noël Coward, a writer and actor who did just that, and much more.
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Other chapters within the SAT Literature: Help and Review course
- Reading and Understanding Essays in Literature: Help and Review
- Interpreting Theme & Meaning in Literature: Help and Review
- Figurative Language in Literature: Help and Review
- Language and Sentence Structure: Help and Review
- Writing Structure & Organization in Literature: Help and Review
- Literary Genres: Help and Review
- Poetry Terms & Types: Help and Review
- Drama: Help and Review
- Literary Periods in American History: Help and Review
- Analyzing American Literature: Help and Review
- American Novelists: Help and Review
- Periods in English Literature: Help and Review
- Authors & Works from English Literature: Help and Review