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How should I approach an unseen poem?

This is your opportunity to engage with an unfamiliar poem and to clearly communicate your thoughts about the poem before you. To help you draw as much meaning as possible from the poem, and to properly s...

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How should I approach an unseen poem in the exam?

The unseen poem in an English Literature exam can feel overwhelming, especially when trying to prepare. It could be that the unseen poem is full of everything you've revised and you have lots of ideas, bu...

Answered by Imogen K. English Literature tutor

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...

Answered by May M. English Literature tutor

‘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...

Answered by Charlotte P. English Literature tutor

“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...

Answered by Eleanor C. English Literature tutor

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