Poems of the Decade: Essay Questions

A list of potential essay questions to form revision and speed planning practice:   Compare the ways in which poets explore the idea of getting older in To My Nine-Year-Old Self by Helen Dunmore and one other poem of your choice from Poems of the Decade: An Anthology of the Forward Books of Poetry 2002–2011.  ... Continue Reading →

How are themes of colonialism, freedom and tyranny presented in the opening chapters of ‘Purple Hibiscus’?

Chimamanda Adichie attempts to “delve into the violence, corruption, and hopelessness of Nigeria…under Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Sani Abacha”[1] through the mirroring of Kambili’s father as well as the burgeoning development of Kambili herself. Which is, indirectly, in conflict with this restrictive regime both externally as a representation of Nigeria’s post-colonial civil wars and internally,... Continue Reading →

A Streetcar Named Desire: Essay Questions

A list of potential essay questions to form revision and speed planning practice   ‘Stella is the lynchpin within the play for better or for worse’ In light of this statement, explore William’s presentation of relationships in A Streetcar Named Desire. In your answer, you must consider relevant contextual factors.   ‘Shame lies at the... 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 →

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