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A Guide to Love Through The Ages

Ruth Owen | Tuesday April 16, 2013

Categories: Drama, Analysing Drama, A Lady of Letters, Equus, Hamlet, King Lear, Measure For Measure, Othello, Hot Entries, Poetry, Brooke, The Soldier, Eliot, The Waste Land, Graves, Symptoms of Love, Hardy, The Going, Your Last Drive, Heaney, Mid-Term Break, Lamb, The First Tooth, Letts, The Deserter, Shakespeare, Sonnet 130, Prose, Enduring Love, Great Expectations, On Chesil Beach, Writing, Analytical Writing, Drama Analysis, Literary Analysis, Poetry Analysis, Prose Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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  1. Studying For The Exam
  2. Examples From Literature
  3. About The Exam
  4. Further Reading
  5. The Examination
  6. Symptoms of Love, Graves
  7. On Chesil Beach
  8. The First Tooth, Lamb
  9. The Deserter
  10. The Soldier, Brooke
  11. A Lady of Letters
  12. Sonnet 130, Shakespeare
  13. Measure for Measure
  14. Hamlet
  15. Othello
  16. King Lear
  17. Equus
  18. Great Expectations
  19. Enduring Love
  20. Mid-Term Break, Heaney
  21. Your Last Drive
  22. The Going
  23. The Waste Land, Elliot

Studying For The Exam

The title of this AQA A2 Unit is Reading for Meaning – Love through the Ages. It is worth taking a moment to consider the significance of the title. What are your thoughts? What ‘meaning’ exactly is the exam asking you to elicit? Is your interpretation of what a text means necessarily the same as someone else’s?

“Meaning? is created when language works to signify a response in the reader’s or viewer’s mind (in a play, but on stage, remember, there is much meaning created visually). Being human, much of the meaning we construct is linked to attitude, and thus “meaning and feeling? might be a better description for this unit. Indeed literature itself is reliant on meaning creating an emotional response from the reader or viewer. It is this that causes the immersion into the fictional world, leading to the necessary “suspension of disbelief? as the Romantic poet Coleridge called it, which is at the heart of the fictional experience – the ability of literature to cause the reader to forget that what they are reading or watching is no more than one person’s creative imagination at work. When viewed in this (rather reductive) way, literature can be seen for what in many ways it is – a very sophisticated persuasive device.

Why “persuasive?? Firstly a plot needs to be able to persuade the reader to “enter? into the fictional story-world and to want to stay there to find out “what will happen next?; and for the writer’s social or political “messages? or “themes? to “work? on...


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