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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George Orwell’s 1984, Part 2: Crash Course Literature #402

George Orwell’s 1984, Part 2: Crash Course Literature #402

Hi I’m John Green, this is Crash Course literature, and today we’re going back to the future–that is now past–to George Orwell’s 1984, which imagines a terrifying world in which every human activity is recorded and monitored. How unpleasant would that be, he said staring into a camera lens. So, as mentioned in our previous […]

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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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Lord of the Flies: Crash Course Literature 305

Lord of the Flies: Crash Course Literature 305

Hi, I’m John Green. This is Crash Course Literature and today we’re gonna discuss Lord of the Flies. Mr Green! Mr Green! I hate that book. You know, Me From The Past, I’ve been thinking a lot about selfhood lately. Like, how is it that I am still the same technical person I was when […]

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Aliens, Time Travel, and Dresden -Slaughterhouse-Five Part I: Crash Course Literature 212

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature, and today we’re gonna talk about Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. Mr. Green, Mr. Green! You mean, like the Motown group that sings that song – glad all over! No singing, Me From the Past! And no, it is not a Motown group! You’re thinking of the […]

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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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Gilded Age Politics:Crash Course US History #26

Gilded Age Politics:Crash Course US History #26

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course: US History, and today we’re going to continue our look at the Gilded Age by focusing on political science. Mr. Green, Mr. Green, so it’s another history class where we don’t actually talk about history? Oh, Me From the Past, your insistence on trying to place academic […]

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The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards: Crash Course US History #1

The Black Legend, Native Americans, and Spaniards: Crash Course US History #1

Hi I’m John Green, and this is Crash Course U.S. History! No, Stan. That’s not gonna work, actually. I mean, we’re talking about the 16th century today, when this was neither united nor states. By the way, this globe reflects the fact that I believe that Alaskan statehood is illegitimate! In fact, we’re going to […]

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