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English Literature
A Level

"In Gilead, women are passive victims." In light of this view, examine Margaret Atwood's presentation of female characters in The Handmaid's Tale.

The Handmaid's Tale is set in the Republic of Gilead, a patriarchal near-future society. While the novel presents women as "passive victims", it also shows how women overcome this role....

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How do I plan for an essay question about an extract?

First read through the extract once, just so you know exactly what it is you are going to have to write about. If it is part of a larger text you have studied, jot down what comes before and after. If you...

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‘Characters in gothic writing are always haunted by their past mistakes and often have to face terrible consequences’ Discuss some of the characters in the text you have read in light of this comment.

Angela Carter’s ‘The Bloody Chamber’ is a collection of short stories based on traditional fairy tales and folklore. Written in 1979 at the peak of second wave feminism, Carter subverts these narratives t...

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“Typically, texts present the idea that a woman’s role in marriage is to show obedience to her husband.” (A paragraph supporting this quotation, analysing the objectification and management of Desdemona in Act 1 Scene 3 of Othello)

Much of Othello is focused on contextual patriarchal attitudes, which tilt the balance of power in marriage toward the husband and idealise the meek, obedient wife. In Act 1 Scene 3, Othello anno...

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Explore Williams' presentation of Stanley as a character with whom the audience cannot sympathise in A Streetcar Named Desire. You must relate your discussion to relevant contextual factors.

In presenting Stanley's relationship with his wife Stella, Williams portrays him as a vicious partner who sees the bond between them as hierarchical, hence making him seem unsympathetic to, in particular,...

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