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1. 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!
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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!
6. Fagin in Oliver Twist: Character Analysis & Overview
Described as a 'loathsome reptile,' Fagin, from Charles Dickens' acclaimed novel, 'Oliver Twist,' may in fact be pure evil. Learn about the wretched miser who turned innocent kids into career criminals for his own financial gain.
7. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy: Summary, Themes & Characters
This lesson will explore Thomas Hardy's masterpiece, 'Jude the Obscure', presenting a summary of the novel and examining the novel's major characters and important themes.
8. Madame Defarge in Tale of Two Cities: Character Analysis, Knitting Code & Revenge
Every good story needs an antagonist, and Madame Defarge fits this category well in Dickens' classic novel about the French Revolution, 'A Tale of Two Cities.' In this lesson, we will examine the character and motivations of this vengeful woman.
9. Magwitch in Great Expectations: Character Analysis & Overview
Magwitch is a criminal who plays a crucial role in the life of Pip, the main character in the novel 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens. Learn more about the character Magwitch and test your knowledge with a quiz.
10. Paracelsus by Robert Browning
This lesson presents a summary of plot and main characters in Robert Browning's poem, Paracelsus. This lesson also analyzes the poem's important themes.
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