Ophelia, Gertrude, and Regicide – Hamlet II: Crash Course Literature 204

Ophelia, Gertrude, and Regicide – Hamlet II: Crash Course Literature 204

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature and today we continue our discussion of Hamlet. Mr. Green, Mr. Green, I’ve figured it out already. Hamlet has an Oedipus complex. That explains everything. No, no, no Me From the Past. As we’ve already learned, not even Oedipus had an Oedipus complex. Although your fascination […]

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Fate, Family, and Oedipus Rex: Crash Course Literature 202

Fate, Family, and Oedipus Rex: Crash Course Literature 202

Hi! I’m John Green. Welcome to Crash Course Literature. Today we’re going to talk about Oedipus. Leo Tolstoy once famously wrote that “All happy families are alike, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” And I certainly hope that there’s no family as unhappy as Oedipus’s. Ancient Greek playwrights really specialized in […]

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Understanding AO2 (High band English Literature)

Understanding AO2 (High band English Literature)

A LEVEL ENGLISH LITERATURE – UNDERSTANDING AO2 Hello and welcome to the third video in the series ‘Understanding Assessment Objectives in English Literature AS and A2’. In this video we’re going to be looking at assessment objective 2. This assessment objective focuses on your ability to use literary skills that is using literary techniques and […]

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Race, Class, and Gender in To Kill a Mockingbird: Crash Course Literature 211

Race, Class, and Gender in To Kill a Mockingbird: Crash Course Literature 211

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature, and today we continue our discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird. So the takeaway from last week’s video about Mockingbird was this: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view–until you climb into his skin and walk around in […]

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Love or Lust? Romeo and Juliet Part II: Crash Course English Literature #3

Love or Lust? Romeo and Juliet Part II: Crash Course English Literature #3

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course English Literature, and today we return to Romeo and Juliet, a tale of love and woe. Or else a tale of lust and woe. Anyway, it’s definitely a tale of woe. As the play begins, Romeo is telling us that he is completely in love with a […]

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Like Pale Gold – The Great Gatsby Part I: Crash Course English Literature #4

Like Pale Gold – The Great Gatsby Part I: Crash Course English Literature #4

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature. So the two books most often cited as the “Great American novel” are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and this slender beast, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The US is a country founded on the principles of freedom and equality; Huck Finn is a […]

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Invisible Man: Crash Course Literature 308

Invisible Man: Crash Course Literature 308

Hi I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature and today we’re discussing Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, which is not the H.G. Wells novel from 1897, THE Invisible Man. That’s a different book. This one came out in 1952, won the national book award that year. And it’s less about science experiments gone wrong, more […]

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Don’t Reanimate Corpses! Frankenstein Part 1: Crash Course Literature 205

Don’t Reanimate Corpses! Frankenstein Part 1: Crash Course Literature 205

Hi! I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature, and It’s alive! Mr. Green? Mr. Green? That’s my favorite part of the movie… No. No. No. No. Me From The Past don’t you dare. That line is not in the book. And Frankenstein is the doctor not the monster. Also, there is no Igor in […]

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Approaching an Unseen Poem (English Literature)

Approaching an Unseen Poem (English Literature)

APPROACHING AN UNSEEN POEM Welcome back. So now we’re going to be looking at some stock phrases we can use within our unseen poem. Hopefully we already know that what we’re going to be doing is picking out SMILE points and I’m going to be using the SMILE points there in just a second to […]

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Was Gatsby Great? The Great Gatsby Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #5

Was Gatsby Great? The Great Gatsby Part 2: Crash Course English Literature #5

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature, and this is The Great Gatsby. This novel barely makes it to 200 pages even with rather large print, and yet it’s so magnificently complex and rich that we can’t possibly do it justice in two videos so today we’re gonna focus on a specific question: […]

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