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The Importance of Being Earnest Summary

They say that honesty is the best policy, but Jack lies about his identity and still gets the girl. Does that mean we should all lie to get what we want? Not so much.


17th-Century Literature Videos 1 videos

A Midsummer Night's Dream Summary
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Love potions are tricky business (not that we've ever tried using one, of course). They can make you fall in love with the wrong person…or, in th...

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18th-Century Literature Videos 6 videos

A Beautiful Young Nymph Going to Bed: Oh, How Hollywood
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And you thought a nymph was a naturally lovely woodland creature. To be fair, so did we. But boy did Jonathan Swift prove us wrong.

A Modest Proposal...in 21st Century Media
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We were so moved by Angelina Jolie's overseas adoptions that we created a proposal to bring foreign-born children over by the thousands! Think abou...

All About The Constitution
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The Constitution of the United States is the highest law in the land: it's a written statement of the core principles of the American government. I...

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19th-Century Literature Videos 30 videos

A Christmas Carol
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How did Scrooge go from being naughty to nice so quickly, and why? (Hint: contrary to popular belief, it has nothing to do with the ghost of Santa...

A Tale of Two Cities
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"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." Recognize that one? It's the classic opening line of Charles Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities....

A Tale of Two Cities Summary
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Meet Charles Darnay, the nobleman who spends more time on trial and in prison than attending balls and drinking expensive wine. Don't feel too bad...

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20th-Century Literature Videos 2 videos

Rules of the Game
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When you think about it, chess could be a metaphor for just about anything, really.

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21st-Century Literature Videos 15 videos

Life of Pi Summary
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Sorry, guys: this novel doesn't follow the dramatic life events of pumpkin pie, nor does it explore what it truly means to be the mathematical cons...

Catching Fire (Part 1)
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We volunteer you as tribute to watch this video analysis of Katniss in the second book of the Hunger Games series. After the berry suicide attempt...

Catching Fire (Part 2)
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“Happy Hunger Games!” Or not. Katniss’s Hunger Games experiences left a not-so-happy effect on her. This video will prompt you to ponder if...

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American Literature Videos 137 videos

Catching Fire (Part 2)
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“Happy Hunger Games!” Or not. Katniss’s Hunger Games experiences left a not-so-happy effect on her. This video will prompt you to ponder if...

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
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Who's really the crazy one in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest? Shmoop amongst yourselves.

Edgar Allan Poe: The Twilight Connection
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Sure, Edgar Allan Poe was dark and moody and filled with teenage angst, but what else does he have in common with the Twilight series?

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Beowulf Videos 8 videos

All About Beowulf as a Translated Piece of Literature
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Old English is just English, right? Can’t be more difficult than reading Shakespeare, right? Hah. Yeah...no. Click on the video to find why tra...

All About Beowulf's Historical Context
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Who is it about? Who told it? Who wrote it? Who are we? What’s the meaning of life? Do you know the Muffin Man? All these answers and more can be...

Beowulf and Material Goods
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The characters in Beowulf knew the importance of bling. Watch the video to learn more about the place of material goods in the wonderful world of B...

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British Literature Videos 79 videos

A Tale of Two Cities Summary
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Meet Charles Darnay, the nobleman who spends more time on trial and in prison than attending balls and drinking expensive wine. Don't feel too bad...

Beowulf
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Written in Anglo-Saxon, or Old English, sometime between the 8th and 11th centuries, Beowulf is an epic poem that reflects the early medieval warri...

Brave New World
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Brave New World is supposed be an exciting book about a negative utopia and the corrupt powers of authority. So where’s the big car chase? What's...

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Dracula Videos 16 videos

Dracula Part 2: Vlad the Impaler
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Vlad the Impaler was an appropriately named guy, until he went on tropical vacations. Then, he went by Vlad the Imtanner. For some facts that are a...

Dracula Part 1: Course Introduction
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Readers may be already be familiar with Dracula, but what about the mathematician and author, Bram Stoker? And yes, he graduated with a degree in m...

Dracula Part 3: The Legend
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Looks, wealth, and a super cool castle to live in… Well...maybe not live in, if you happened to be Dracula. But for the most part, this guy had...

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Dystopian Literature Videos 12 videos

1984
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Big Brother is watching you... so you should watch your back. Will you have the same fate as Winston? Oh rats, we guess we'll never know.

1984 and V for Vendetta
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Imagine a world in which all literature was dystopian. Okay, so we may be getting to that point, 1984 and V for Vendetta helped start it all.

1984 Summary
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By the end of this video, you will be brainwashed. There's nothing you can do about it; we just wanted to let you know. We like to think we're bigg...

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Early 20th-Century Literature Videos 45 videos

A Farewell to Arms
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You might be hearing a chorus of farewells if you recommend A Farewell to Arms as the next read for your Fabulously Feisty Feminist Book Club.

The Diary of Anne Frank
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She was just a girl who found herself in some unimaginably awful circumstances. If you feel like gaining some valuable perspective on the drama in...

A Hunger Artist (Kafka)
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Guy in a black leotard. In a cage. Not eating. Weird? Yes. Popular? Absolutely. Kafka's short story includes iconic artist-figures: a mouse singer...

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Frankenstein Videos 17 videos

Frankenstein: Getting to Know Mary Shelley
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We’ll preface this video about Frankenstein’s preface by saying that Mary Shelley is an awesome woman, and she wants everybody to be aware. Che...

Frankenstein: Getting to Know Victor
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Is Victor Frankenstein a: Romantic Hero? b: Byronic Hero? c: Satanic Hero? d: Guitar Hero? All of the above (but maybe not D…) We don...

Frankenstein: Gothic Tones
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What is Gothic Romanticism? It's when two goths fall in love. Duh. Wait, that’s not what it is? Oh. We should probably watch the video and figure...

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Literary Topics Videos 218 videos

Who's Seuss?
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Dr. Seuss was a failure to start, but he soon learned to follow his heart. He wrote books about things that he knew, and soon enough, his book sale...

Edgar Allan Poe: The Twilight Connection
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Sure, Edgar Allan Poe was dark and moody and filled with teenage angst, but what else does he have in common with the Twilight series?

Emily Dickinson
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Emily Dickinson was a poet... and she did know it. Now you will, too.

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Literature en Español Videos 3 videos

Huck Finn (Spanish)
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Si alguna vez te encuentras en una balsa flotando en el río Mississippi, usted va a querer hacer algo. Lectura clásico de Mark Twain, Las aventur...

Moby-Dick (Spanish)
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Moby-Dick - una ballena extraña. Nuestro amigo capitán Ahab la había perseguido para años, pero no es el mejor lider en el mundo. Piensas que p...

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Moby-Dick Videos 9 videos

Moby-Dick - The Preface and the First Line
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Whoa, fifty different ways to say the word “whale” just in the Preface? Something tell us we’re in for a whale of a time. Yeah, we know, th...

Moby-Dick - Religion
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The combination of religious and seafaring imagery in Moby-Dick is just like the peanut butter and the chocolate in a Reese's Cup––you can’t...

Moby-Dick - Queequeg
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Queequeg. Cool name, but is he a cool guy? Guess you’ll have to check out the video to find out. Because surprisingly enough, Googling, “is Q...

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Post-1945 Literature Videos 12 videos

1984
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Big Brother is watching you... so you should watch your back. Will you have the same fate as Winston? Oh rats, we guess we'll never know.

1984 Summary
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By the end of this video, you will be brainwashed. There's nothing you can do about it; we just wanted to let you know. We like to think we're bigg...

A Raisin in the Sun
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This story just goes to show you that money can't buy happiness. But it could buy us an entire bag of oatmeal raisin cookies... Who needs career go...

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Shakespeare Videos 24 videos

A Midsummer Night's Dream
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Aren't midsummer night dreams the worst? You wake up all sweaty and gross, and for a minute there, you can't even remember where you are. And also,...

A Midsummer Night's Dream Summary
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Love potions are tricky business (not that we've ever tried using one, of course). They can make you fall in love with the wrong person…or, in th...

As You Like It
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We're not sure if good ol' Shakespeare would endorse The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, but that's not going to stop us from hosting themed viewing...

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Short Stories Videos 6 videos

Power in Literature Short Stories: Part 1
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This video is symbolic of our desire to be awesome students, Shmoopers, and stormchasers. What? Isn’t that everyone’s dream trifecta?

Power in Literature Short Stories: Part 2
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The micro setting: Enterprise. The macro setting: “Space, the Final Frontier!”

Power in Literature Short Stories: Part 3
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The theme of this video is prune juice. Sure, we’ve been told the theme of the video is actually theme, but we’re trying for a viral video, and...

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Southern Gothic, Kafka, and Moby-Dick Videos 9 videos

Southern Gothic, Kafka, and Moby-Dick: Moby-Dick
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Call me Shmoop...er, we mean, Ishmael. It’s time to catch a whale. ...Just kidding, we’ll read about it instead. The WWF told us we can’t d...

Southern Gothic, Kafka, and Moby-Dick: What is Southern Gothic?
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Ready for a horror story that isn’t about a bad hair day? Pick up a Southern Gothic novel like Moby-Dick or As I Lay Dying instead. Though now th...

Southern Gothic, Kafka, and Moby-Dick: Writer's Inspiration
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Add half a cup of post-Civil War, a pinch of Reconstruction, a cup full of race issues, toss it in a Crock Pot called “The South,” and you’ve...

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Test Prep Videos 133 videos

AP English Literature and Composition 1.2 Passage Drill 4
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AP® English Literature and Composition Passage Drill 4, Problem 2Watching Shmoop videos will _____ my AP test scores! ImproveBetterIncreaseBo...

AP English Language and Composition 3.7 Passage Drill
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Which answer best describes the theme of the following passage? And if you say "fission chips", we'll give you half credit. The AP test graders mig...

AP English Language and Composition 3.5 Passage Drill
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Answer this question about the word "forcible", or else!! ...Uh...we actually...didn't think of a real threat, so...I guess answer the question if...

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The Bible Videos 1 videos


The Great Gatsby Videos 16 videos

The Great Gatsby Part 1: Course Introduction
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It's the roaring 20s. A time of wealth, partying, and a huge inequality gap. Fun, fun, and, uh...not-so-fun. Hit play to discover more about the se...

The Great Gatsby Part 2: Glittering Eggs
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East Egg: East coast, old money, and ponies. Maybe unicorns. Those snotty East Eggers won’t tell us anything. West Egg: West coast, new money, an...

The Great Gatsby Part 6: Eternal Graceless Circles
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Gatsby’s a man who throws huge parties and still has zero friends. Maybe they’re all like...Tupperware parties or something. Check out the vide...

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The Road Videos 11 videos

The Road Part 1: The Introduction
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Well, the world has ended, which is a total bummer. We didn’t even get a chance to sell our super valuable Beanie Baby collection. We hope you’...

The Road Part 2: The Setting
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The Road is full of emptiness and nobody knows where they’re going. So make a note to self, Shmoopers: when the apocalypse hits, grab a GPS.

The Road Part 3: Words
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Always read The Road with a dictionary at hand, because you’re going to need it. Seriously. We’re not known to be perfidious (though we do have...

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Their Eyes Were Watching God Videos 10 videos

Their Eyes Were Watching God Part 10: The Title
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Free will vs. Predestination. One of the many interpretations for the title Their Eyes Were Watching God. We personally like, “Stop Staring at Me...

Their Eyes Were Watching God Part 1: Preface
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Their eyes might’ve been watching God, but our eyes are watching Zora Neal Hurston. Hit play to learn more about Hurston and the Harlem Renaissance.

Their Eyes Were Watching God Part 2: Narrative Structure
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Their Eyes Were Watching God is about Janie’s coming of age story towards the path of self-discovery, just like Luke from Star Wars. Seriously, J...

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World Literature Videos 44 videos

Arabian Nights
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Folk tales are all about conveying a deeper meaning—no banjos required. Arabian Nights is one of the most famous collections, so get ready to lea...

The Book Thief
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In Markus Zusak's The Book Thief, Death narrates the story of one girl who lived during the Holocaust. Not surprisingly, it's kind of a downer—bu...

Crime and Punishment
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Crime and Punishment is all about a boy killing for money, literally, and then spending the rest of the book trying to hide it. Although the book c...

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