How does Dickens present Pip’s characterisation throughout ‘Great Expectations’?

Initially, Pip is depicted as the most vulnerable, timid and wildly imaginative characters in the serialized Bildungsroman ‘Great Expectations’. The analytical retrospective narrative of young “childish” p.4 Pip from that of his older, experienced self, offers a unique perspective into his emotions as well as acting as a quasi-autobiographical parallel to Dickens’ own experiences. Written... Continue Reading →

Race and Characterisation in Othello

  ‘Othello’ is a socio-critique of the flaws in Jacobean society and of the presentation of stereotypes based on race. Shakespeare presents race and the characterization of Othello through his marriage to Desdemona, how others treat him and his initially strong “reputation”. His reputability deteriorates as the play progresses leading to his downfall. Shakespeare exemplifies... Continue Reading →

How is Race and Characterisation of Othello Presented?

  The characterisation of Othello was presented through the dominant ideology of the predilection, prejudice and paragon image of race. The portrayal of the eponymous character in the play was stereotypically insinuated to be savage, violent and aggressive; however, was based on falsehood in order to expose Iago’s duplicitous character and ultimately Othello’s hamartia.  ... Continue Reading →

Femininity and Relationships in ‘Eat Me’ and ‘Material’

How do the poets present femininity and relationships within ‘Eat Me’ and ‘Material’? Conclusion Ultimately, Ros Barber and Patience Agbabi both illustrate the intimate relationships; natural femininity and expectations that society has of women in their presentation of a toxic romantic relationship in ‘Eat Me’ and the overwhelming desire to emulate her mother in ‘Material’.... Continue Reading →

Consider how Romantic Poets present the Sublime

Anonymous exemplar essay exploring the Sublime in: William Wordsworth's 'Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey' Lord Byron's 'Lines Inscribed Upon a Cup Formed From a Skull’ Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner'   Consider how poets within the Romantic anthology present themes of the Sublime   The presentation of the Sublime... Continue Reading →

John Keats: Exemplar Analysis

How are themes of transience and eternity presented in Keats’ poetry?   Immortality and transience are both intrinsic elements to Keats’ poetry both ‘Ode to a Nightingale’ and ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’. They are simultaneously sought after and championed despite the duality they demonstrate on the spectrum of experience. Both Odes, in this form,... Continue Reading →

Edexcel Anthology Poetry: Indicative Content

Compiled by an excellent colleague of mine, @CMeenaghEng, here is a whopping 42 page collection of indicative content from the old specification given to examiners as far back as 2012. 'Edexcel Poetry Anthology Indicative Content' for examined unit

To Kill a Mockingbird Revision: Indicative Content

Using past papers and their indicative content are an excellent way to prepare for examinations; pre-planning responses which with any luck will come up in the actual exam. Here are three different sets of indicative content from the old spec Edexcel examinations which we have discussed and annotated as a class. These have formed comprehensive... Continue Reading →

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