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Great Books: The Odyssey (2003)

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Introduces one of the world's first action-adventure stories. Looks at Greek myths and The Odyssey's lessons of morality. Scholars and critics discuss the impact of The Odyssey on Western literature, as well as the now-familiar heroic traits first seen in Homer's characters.

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Great Books: The Odyssey

Great Books: The Lord of the Flies (2003)

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Inspired by the atrocities committed during World War II, William Golding wrote "The Lord of the Flies" to address the issue of child murderers. As in any gang culture, the boys in the novel gravitate to a leader to gain a sense of identity and protection.

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Great Books: The Lord of the Flies

Great Books: Walden (2003)

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An overview of Henry David Thoreau's Walden looks at the simple story and deeper messages. A discussion of the symbolism in Walden and Thoreau's life at Walden Pond lead to Thoreau's influences on Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement. Activists work to preserve Walden Pond and Thoreau's inspirational teachings for later generations.

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Great Books: Walden

Great Books: The Great Gatsby (2003)

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Introduces the main characters and story of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel. Discusses the American Dream, background information about the time period and author, and poses pre and post-viewing discussion questions to viewers.

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Great Books: The Great Gatsby

Great Books: Huckleberry Finn (2003)

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Presents an overview of the life and times of Mark Twain, the enduring appeal of Huck Finn, life on the Mississippi, the controversy surrounding the book, and an analysis of the work and its influence on American literature.

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Great Books: The Red Badge of Courage (2003)

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Introduces the famous novel by Stephen Crane and through archival photographs and experts, gives background information about the author and the time period in which he wrote. Discusses the impact that Crane made on Literature.

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Great Books: The Red Badge of Courage

Great Books: All Quiet on the Western Front (2003)

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Introduces the characters and story of the novel written by Erich Maria Remarque and considered by some to be the greatest anti-war novel of all time. The program uses archival photographs and actual footage of the battlefront as it exposes the horror faced by soldiers in the trenches.

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Great Books: Native Son (2003)

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Introduces the author Richard Wright and to the characters and story told in his literary portrait of racism in America. Provides pre and post viewing discussion questions. Scholars discuss the symbolism found in the novel and its lasting impact.

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Great Books: Native Son

Great Books: Great Expectations (2003)

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Like Dickens' other stories, "Great Expectations" was published as a serial and was an instant hit. Authors, actors, and scholars discuss the many interpretations of Miss Havisham and Pip's desire to become a gentleman.

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Great Books: Great Expectations

Great Books: Don Quixote (2003)

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Introduces students to the Don Quixote and the deeper significance behind the novel. Follows the journey of the book's author, Miguel de Cervantes, from military hero to disillusioned writer. Scholars discuss the significance of the work.

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Great Books: The Scarlet Letter (2003)

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Provides background information on the characters, plot of the story, and the author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Examines Puritan society, the role of women, and the message Hawthorne was trying to say. Scholars discuss the book's lasting legacy.

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Great Books: The Scarlet Letter

Great Books: 1984 (2003)

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Provides background information about the book and biographical information about the author, George Orwell. Provides pre and post-viewing discussion questions and scholars discuss the significance of the work.

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Great Books: 1984