Power in Literature, Short Stories Part 4: Plot

Power in Literature, Short Stories Part 4: Plot

We speak student! Power in Literature: Plot a la Shmoop. We’ve thought through symbols, settings, and themes. so one of the words that we’ve used a couple times is plot What is plot? Plot is, plain and simple the narrative arc of the story it’s what happens there’s a very famous way to map the […]

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LITERATURE – Voltaire

François-Marie Arouet was born in Paris in 1694 His father, a well-established lawyer, sent him to the best school in the capital, and by all accounts, he was a brilliant student. The young Arouet, decided at an early age to make his name as a writer, or rather to remake his name, as the first […]

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Tilman Fertitta on a culture of excellence

Tilman Fertitta on a culture of excellence

[FERTITTA] The one thing that everybody that becomes successful, don’t ever change what brought you there. And the one thing that everybody that’s close to me, Tilman is no different today, worth five billion dollars, than he was when he was worth 500,000 dollars. I was walking floors at the Post Oak Hotel, room service […]

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LITERATURE – Jane Austen

LITERATURE – Jane Austen

Jane Austen is loved mainly as a guide to fashionable life in the Regency period, but her own vision of her task was radically different. She was an ambitious and stern moralist. She was acutely conscience of human failings and wanted, through her novels, to make people less selfish and more reasonable. More dignified, and […]

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LITERATURE – Ralph Waldo Emerson

LITERATURE – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson is the father of American literature. In a series of strikingly original essays, written in the mid-nineteenth century, he fundamentally changed the way that America saw its cultural and artistic possibilities, and he enabled a separation from transatlantic literary traditions. “We have listened too long…”, he wrote, “…to the Courtly muses of […]

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LITERATURE: Leo Tolstoy

LITERATURE: Leo Tolstoy

The Russian novelist, Leo Tolstoy was a believer in the novel not as a source of entertainment but as a tool for psychological education and reform. It was in his eyes, the supreme medium by which we can get to know others especially those who might from the outside seem unappealing and thereby expand our […]

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Gabrielle Union Got Stalked by a Terminator Bully Trying to Kick Her Ass

Gabrielle Union Got Stalked by a Terminator Bully Trying to Kick Her Ass

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LITERATURE – Goethe

LITERATURE – Goethe

People have always had trouble pronouncing his name; if you don’t speak German it’s not at all obvious how you’re supposed to say it. A safe bet is to start with a hard G on Ger- and end with a -ter: Ger-ter. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has often been seen as one of Europe’s big […]

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LITERATURE – Gustave Flaubert

LITERATURE – Gustave Flaubert

Gustave Flaubert was a great French 19th century novelist who deserves our love and sympathy as much for what he wrote as who he was. We can admire him for four reasons at least. Flaubert wrote arguably the single greatest tragic novel ever written, Madame Bovary, which he worked on for five years and published […]

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Power in Literature, Short Stories Part 1: Symbols

Power in Literature, Short Stories Part 1: Symbols

We speak student! Power in Literature: Symbols à la Shmoop. Alright and we’re rollin Hi from Shmoop global headquarters here in Mountain View, California This video is about helping you understand literature from a unique perspective. You have to understand some basic concepts: symbols, setting, and themes, among other things. And we’re here talking with […]

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