Doki Doki Literature Club & Frostpunk (Critique) – Chroniques de Monsieur Plouf #117

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PTSD and Alien Abduction – Slaughterhouse-Five Part 2: Crash Course Literature 213

PTSD and Alien Abduction – Slaughterhouse-Five Part 2: Crash Course Literature 213

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature, and today we’re going to continue our discussion of Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five. So, Slaughterhouse Five is often called an anti-war novel. But that raises a question: What does it mean for a novel to be against war? Are novels in the business of passing judgment? […]

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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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Power in Literature, Short Stories Part 5: Characterization and Archetype

Characterization and Archetype, a la Shmoop. Another vocab word we’ve used is character or characterization, which maps to another five dollar word: archetype. Can you talk about those terms and apply them to tangible literature What does characterization and archetype mean? An archetype is a very specific type of character that you’ll see throughout literature […]

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In The Penal Colony by Franz Kafka, unabridged audiobook, read by Peter Yearsley

In The Penal Colony by Franz Kafka, unabridged audiobook, read by Peter Yearsley

In the Penal Colony (transl. by Ian Johnston) “It’s a peculiar apparatus,” said the Officer to the Traveler, gazing with a certain admiration at the device, with which he was, of course, thoroughly familiar. It appeared that the Traveler had responded to the invitation of the Commandant only out of politeness, when he had been […]

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Candide: Crash Course Literature #405

Candide: Crash Course Literature #405

Hello and welcome to Crash Course literature, the best of all possible Crash Courses, discussing the best of all possible novels here on the best of all possible sets. I am the best of all possible John Greens—which is saying something, because there are a lot of us. Today we’re discussing “Candide, or Optimism” a […]

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Reader, it’s Jane Eyre – Crash Course Literature 207

Reader, it’s Jane Eyre – Crash Course Literature 207

Hi, I’m John Green, this is Crash Course Literature, and today we’re going to be talking about Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre.” It’s a classic! It says so right on the spine. Mr. Green! Mr. Green! You sound like Dirty Harry. Yup, I got a cold, Me From the Past. Plus, it was just kind of […]

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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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