Essay Writing Guidance

Essay Writing Guidance Supporting your essay writing skills in GCSE and A-level Effective opening with a tricolonTry to distil your ideas under three main umbrella headings. In your exams you are writing under timed conditions and therefore must prioritise what you will focus your time on.This will also help you evaluate and organise your ideas [...]

The Significance of Nature in ‘Lines Written a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey’

Write about the significance of Nature in the poem, and the speaker’s relationship with Nature:   In regards to William Wordsworth and his poetry, including ‘Lines written a few miles above Tintern Abbey’, nature is one of the most prevalent and significant themes, an overriding thread used to highlight his spirituality, personal traumas and socio-political [...]

Othello: Corruption and Prejudice

Shakespeare’s presents the world in which Othello is set as ‘a world riddled with corruption and prejudice’ however, The society of 17th century Venice depicted a hierarchy that favored the white males, such as Cassio, in the play resulting in the suppression of Othello and the female characters in the play such as Desdemona and [...]

Streetcar Named Desire: The Secrets of Blanche and Stanley

In ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Tennessee Williams uses the characters of Stanley and Blanche as polar opposites who present the two sides of America: ‘the Old South vs the new America’. The character of Stanley is used as a tool to expose all of Blanche’s secrets and delusions as his blunt and primal nature does [...]

How does Adichie present Papa’s relationships in Purple Hibiscus

  Eugene Achike is presented as both a despotic tyrant and a vulnerable man desperately seeking the approval that he believes lies in the Catholic religion of “absolutist purity”[1], and leads him to perpetuate the same patriarchal abusive relationships on his own family as a result. Eugene is “her [Kambili’s] personal household god” and is [...]

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, [...]

Exemplar Essay: 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 [...]