Charlotte R.

Charlotte R.

£22 - £24 /hr

English Literature (Bachelors) - Exeter University

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About me

A bit about me:

I am currently studying English literature at Exeter University, and when I'm not in Exeter I live in London. I love studying English for the variety and freedom of study that it allows, and I love to help other students find more enjoyment in the subject as well as improve their essay writing style and exam technique. In particular, I am experienced in tutoring the popular GCSE texts 'Macbeth', 'Lord of the Flies', 'A Christmas Carol', 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Jekyll and Hyde' as well as the War and Conflict poems. I can help students nail their exam and revision technique to get the best grade possible, especially with problems such as ensuring students analyse quotes, get their heads around the main themes and ideas, and learn quotes for the exam.

In my spare time, I love the theatre, film, skiing, and hockey, and I'm enjoying uni life so far.

A bit about me:

I am currently studying English literature at Exeter University, and when I'm not in Exeter I live in London. I love studying English for the variety and freedom of study that it allows, and I love to help other students find more enjoyment in the subject as well as improve their essay writing style and exam technique. In particular, I am experienced in tutoring the popular GCSE texts 'Macbeth', 'Lord of the Flies', 'A Christmas Carol', 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Jekyll and Hyde' as well as the War and Conflict poems. I can help students nail their exam and revision technique to get the best grade possible, especially with problems such as ensuring students analyse quotes, get their heads around the main themes and ideas, and learn quotes for the exam.

In my spare time, I love the theatre, film, skiing, and hockey, and I'm enjoying uni life so far.

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About my sessions

I always ensure the student has told me in advance what they would like to work on to ensure that I am prepared and have materials ready for the planned lesson.


My students often find it useful to go through the main themes and characters of their texts, making notes and selecting quotes to learn later on. I also ensure that we consider form, structure and context.


I then use past papers or practice questions to go through step by step with the student how they should approach, plan and write an essay. Encouraging them to type an answer in the lesson space means that I can work on their writing style as they go along, correcting mistakes and ensuring they are doing what they need to meet the mark scheme's requirements.


My achievements at GCSE and A-Level mean that I am aware of the best way to prepare for the exam, and would love to help other students to revise in the most effective way to boost their grade.

I always ensure the student has told me in advance what they would like to work on to ensure that I am prepared and have materials ready for the planned lesson.


My students often find it useful to go through the main themes and characters of their texts, making notes and selecting quotes to learn later on. I also ensure that we consider form, structure and context.


I then use past papers or practice questions to go through step by step with the student how they should approach, plan and write an essay. Encouraging them to type an answer in the lesson space means that I can work on their writing style as they go along, correcting mistakes and ensuring they are doing what they need to meet the mark scheme's requirements.


My achievements at GCSE and A-Level mean that I am aware of the best way to prepare for the exam, and would love to help other students to revise in the most effective way to boost their grade.

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Ella Student Lesson review 10 Jan, 16:30

10 Jan

Very helpful with clearly explanations

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Selvarajah Parent from Bristol Lesson review 18 Nov '18, 14:00

18 Nov, 2018

Very kind, helpful and is prepared for the lesson.

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Shelma Parent from southampton Lesson review 16 Feb, 09:30

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
English LiteratureA-level (A2)A*
HistoryA-level (A2)A
EconomicsA-level (A2)A*

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Subjects offered

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EnglishA Level£24 /hr
EnglishGCSE£22 /hr

Questions Charlotte has answered

Consider how Miller dramatically presents his view of “The American Dream”.

Point 1: Portrayal of the American DreamWilly's character emphasises the idea that through hard work and being well-liked, a man can achieve anything. He says that this is 'the wonder of this country, that a man can end with diamonds here on the basis of being liked'. This faith in America being a place where anyone can become rich is what drives Willy- and he also teaches his sons these same principles, placing his hope in their success; more specifically Biff. He reminds his son 'you got all kinds of greatness', suggesting his faith in his son and that he will succeed in a way that is special. Whilst the Loman parents focus their attention mainly on Biff, the more reluctant son, it seems that their other son Happy is more likely to meet this dream and holds many of the same principles as his father. After Willy dies, Happy says that 'he had a good dream. It's the only dream you can have- to come out number-one man'. This creates further emphasis of a grand dream, and one that Happy is honoured to continue, believing that to be better than your neighbours is the best thing to want. Therefore the characters Willy and Happy represent the American ideal. Point 2: Miller contrasts this with the realityIn the opening scene of 'Death of a Salesman', the stage directions describe the set as if 'an air of the dream clings to the place, a dream rising out of reality'. Although this may seem useless to a director or stage manager, this gives an important insight to the atmosphere of the setting. The line suggests a set where people have lived on a dream, where reality is so present but somehow ignored. This is an example of the contrast Miller creates between the created ideals and the realities. Another way in which this is suggested is through the moments when reality creeps into the mind of Willy- the character who seems to be consumed by the idea of the American Dream. Thinking of his son's promise, he exclaims 'a star like that, magnificent, can never really fade away', which alludes to the hope for his invincible seeming success. However, whilst Willy speaks this line, 'the light on Willy is fading', which creates an irony and doubt by his statement on never fading. This lighting is also symbolic of Willy's journey through the play, during which we see him fading from the salesman he used to be to a man without a job who commits suicide to give his son the insurance money. Another way in which Miller portrays this contrast is through the beliefs and dialogue of Willy's family, for instance when Biff exclaims that they had 'been talking in a dream for fifteen years', suggesting they had created what they thought was reality with delusions and lies, ignoring the truth. This places emphasis on the false beliefs that they held. Happy also finds that the things he thought he would need in his life- according to the American ideal, are not what is making him satisfied. He confesses that 'it's what I've always wanted. My own apartment, a car, and plenty of women. And still, goddammit, I'm lonely'. This possession of money, success and love is what he was brought up to strive for, and he seems to be successful, but this is still not enough to fulfill him or make him happy, suggesting that this material wealth is not the correct thing to desire. Even Willy seems to notice the consumerist lifestyle he lives is in some ways claustrophobic, and psychologically suffocating, as he is standing in his yard and complains at 'the way they boxed us in here. Bricks and windows. Windows and bricks'. He feels trapped within his own neighbourhood and home as more and more people are squeezed into apartment blocks around him. The chiasmus used here in particular emphasises how the surroundings are all the same, and overwhelming. Therefore the reality of how this American community lives begins to appear, and it is very different to the happy lifestyle it is imagined to be. Point 1: Portrayal of the American DreamWilly's character emphasises the idea that through hard work and being well-liked, a man can achieve anything. He says that this is 'the wonder of this country, that a man can end with diamonds here on the basis of being liked'. This faith in America being a place where anyone can become rich is what drives Willy- and he also teaches his sons these same principles, placing his hope in their success; more specifically Biff. He reminds his son 'you got all kinds of greatness', suggesting his faith in his son and that he will succeed in a way that is special. Whilst the Loman parents focus their attention mainly on Biff, the more reluctant son, it seems that their other son Happy is more likely to meet this dream and holds many of the same principles as his father. After Willy dies, Happy says that 'he had a good dream. It's the only dream you can have- to come out number-one man'. This creates further emphasis of a grand dream, and one that Happy is honoured to continue, believing that to be better than your neighbours is the best thing to want. Therefore the characters Willy and Happy represent the American ideal. Point 2: Miller contrasts this with the realityIn the opening scene of 'Death of a Salesman', the stage directions describe the set as if 'an air of the dream clings to the place, a dream rising out of reality'. Although this may seem useless to a director or stage manager, this gives an important insight to the atmosphere of the setting. The line suggests a set where people have lived on a dream, where reality is so present but somehow ignored. This is an example of the contrast Miller creates between the created ideals and the realities. Another way in which this is suggested is through the moments when reality creeps into the mind of Willy- the character who seems to be consumed by the idea of the American Dream. Thinking of his son's promise, he exclaims 'a star like that, magnificent, can never really fade away', which alludes to the hope for his invincible seeming success. However, whilst Willy speaks this line, 'the light on Willy is fading', which creates an irony and doubt by his statement on never fading. This lighting is also symbolic of Willy's journey through the play, during which we see him fading from the salesman he used to be to a man without a job who commits suicide to give his son the insurance money. Another way in which Miller portrays this contrast is through the beliefs and dialogue of Willy's family, for instance when Biff exclaims that they had 'been talking in a dream for fifteen years', suggesting they had created what they thought was reality with delusions and lies, ignoring the truth. This places emphasis on the false beliefs that they held. Happy also finds that the things he thought he would need in his life- according to the American ideal, are not what is making him satisfied. He confesses that 'it's what I've always wanted. My own apartment, a car, and plenty of women. And still, goddammit, I'm lonely'. This possession of money, success and love is what he was brought up to strive for, and he seems to be successful, but this is still not enough to fulfill him or make him happy, suggesting that this material wealth is not the correct thing to desire. Even Willy seems to notice the consumerist lifestyle he lives is in some ways claustrophobic, and psychologically suffocating, as he is standing in his yard and complains at 'the way they boxed us in here. Bricks and windows. Windows and bricks'. He feels trapped within his own neighbourhood and home as more and more people are squeezed into apartment blocks around him. The chiasmus used here in particular emphasises how the surroundings are all the same, and overwhelming. Therefore the reality of how this American community lives begins to appear, and it is very different to the happy lifestyle it is imagined to be. 

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