Literature Study Guides and Chapter Summaries (page: 3 of 52)

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  • The Life of Emily Dickinson
    Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) achieved broad circulation and strongly influenced 20th century writers, but not until after her death. While alive, she traveled little, visited few people and communicated primarily through letters. Learn more about her interesting, yet reclusive life.
  • What Birches Teaches about Robert Frost
    Robert Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was one of America's greatest poets during the 20th century. I could deliver a long-winded history of his life and accomplishments, but I think everything you need to know about Frost can be found in Birches, which he published in 1916.
  • "Among the Hidden" Study Guide
    Luke has never seen the outside world, but instead lives in hiding. He is a forbidden third child and must remain hidden from the Population Police. Get an overview of the plot, characters and themes of "Among the Hidden".
  • Analysis of "O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman
    Discover or review the meaning of "O Captain! My Captain!" with this of Walt Whitman's great poem.
  • Existentialist Thought and Thinkers
    Existentialism can be best defined by going straight to the root of the word: exist. The philosophy is about human existence and our choices. It assumes there is no human nature, only what we do with our opportunities in life. Free will is a fact. We can do what we want, but must accept the results.
  • The Characters and Motivations of “Twelve Angry Men": A Viewer's Guide
    The play “Twelve Angry Men" was adapted by Sherman L. Sergel from the Emmy award-winning television movie written by Reginald Rose. Read this study guide for help understanding the text.
  • James and the Giant Peach Study Guide
    Read this guide to better understand the novel, James and the Giant Peach. You'll find key vocabulary words to learn, as well as a summary of each chapter.
  • Important Quotes From The Crucible
    These quotes from Arthur Miller's "The Crucible" reveal the personalities and motivations of the characters and the major themes in the play.
  • Important Quotes from Lord of the Flies
    Brush up your knowledge of Golding's novel with these important quotes from "Lord of the Flies". These quotes underscore themes of innocence lost, the darkness within and the irony of civilization. Enjoy!
  • Seven Best Historical Fiction Authors for High School Students
    Apathy toward history can be overcome with a good piece of historical fiction. Let these famous historical fiction authors assist you in your quest to change historically poor attitudes toward one of school's most important subjects.
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