I am not dense. I know how tempting Google is. Don't know what a word means? Google it! Who was Emerson? Google it! Why is the sky blue? Google it! Themes of "Invisible Man"?....NOT SO FAST!
The truth is, my main goal in this course is to teach you how to think for yourself. I recommend you never "Google" anything to do with our texts unless you want to know the historical relevance. Through thinking and discussing with your classmates, you may come up with a brilliant analysis, and then Google it and realize your analysis is the same as that Harvard guy.
If you continue to rely on Google, and even worse, Spark notes (UGHHHH), it will be impossible for you to do well on the AP exam, or in college for that matter. You won't have access to Google in either. (Yes, even in college. I've seen Professors throw phones out windows if you text while they teach....). Also, the college board (the people who grade your AP exam), and myself, can see through things that have been "Googled" most of the time.
I understand that some of this stuff that we read is hard to mentally grasp. The temptation of Google is there...but just because it is on the internet, doesn't mean that it is correct. You have to learn the skills to analyze literature yourself. Would you want the med student who knows how to remove your appendix because he learned it, or because he has an app and can google it? Didn't think so!