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Student Study Guide for Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller »

Mandy Lloyd | Friday May 02, 2014

Categories: KS4, Drama, Death of a Salesman, Hot Entries, Writing, Drama Analysis, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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Form - ‘Tragedy’

In classical tragedies, so famous in ancient Greece, the playwright presents a protagonist (a ‘hero figure’) who initially succeeds but then suffers a ‘reversal of fortune’: we watch his fall from grace because he ‘over-reaches’ and dares the gods in some way, angering them and causing them to bring about his downfall. The gods bring the hero to fail because of a human weakness – a ‘fatal flaw’. The audience are brought to pity him as we see that without the flaw, his nobility and...

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An AQA/Edexcel A Level Teacher’s Guide to Restoration Comedy »

Victoria Elliott | Wednesday April 02, 2014

Categories: Hot Entries, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level

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Relevance for Syllabuses:

AQA LITA3 Love Through the Ages
Restoration Comedy is a key movement in the study of the theme of love in literature, partly because of its historical context in the history of theatre (women now allowed on stage), and partly because of its translation of romantic love into ‘realistic’ plots. It also sets up some of the key conventions which continue through to the present day.

AQA LITB2 Dramatic Genres
The current dramatic genre for the AS coursework in AQA LITB is ‘comedy’....

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An A Level English Literature Guide to Twelfth Night »

Steph Atkinson | Monday December 02, 2013

Categories: KS4, Drama, Twelfth Night, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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Twelfth Night can currently be taught as an option on many A Level English Literature syllabuses, as well as being studied as a GCSE controlled assessment / coursework text and as part of an introduction to Shakespeare at KS3.

With a particular focus on Twelfth Night as a comedy for the AQA AS English Literature Specification B (LITB2), this teaching guide aims to provide plenty of exemplification, through the close textual analysis of the text, looking at aspects of language, form and structure as well as context...[ read full article ] »


A Guide to Hamlet »

Steph Atkinson | Thursday July 07, 2011

Categories: Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, 6ET04, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, OCR A Level English Literature, F664, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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  1. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 1
  2. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 2
  3. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 3
  4. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 4
  5. A Guide to Hamlet | Act 5

Introduction and Act 1

Hamlet: tragic hero?

Hamlet is usually regarded as the finest of Shakespeare’s tragedies, and one of the greatest tragedies ever written; however, it is frequently defined as ‘tragedy’ with little or no reference to tragic tropes, either Greek, Renaissance or later theories of tragedy, or with insufficient consideration of other useful theoretical approaches.

The aim of this...

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A Guide to Much Ado About Nothing »

Steph Atkinson | Monday June 20, 2011

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, WJEC GCSE English Literature, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB4, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, LITB4, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, LL3, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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‘Much Ado about Nothing’ in context: ‘Comedy’ vs. ‘Tragedy’

Much Ado About Nothing is technically considered to be a Shakespearean ‘comedy’ of the classical kind; indeed, it’s even frequently taught at KS3 owing to its frequent comic tone. The witty and entertaining exchanges between the main protagonists Beatrice and Benedick have been the subject of much literary criticism and are often considered to be the most engaging and enjoyable parts of the play in performance.

The parallel story within the plot of the...

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Hamlet Scheme of Work LITB2 »

Steph Atkinson | Friday June 17, 2011

Categories: Drama, Hamlet, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level

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Hamlet Scheme of Work LITB2.doc




A Student’s Guide to ’Much Ado About Nothing’ »

Mandy Lloyd | Monday June 06, 2011

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Drama, Much Ado About Nothing, Hot Entries, Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Plays, Writing, Drama Analysis, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET02, AQA English Literature, Unit 4 Approaching Shakespeare, WJEC GCSE English Literature, AQA A Level English Language & Literature B, ELLB4, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB2, LITB4, EDEXCEL A Level English Language & Literature, OCR A Level English Literature, F663, WJEC A Level English Language & Literature, LL3, WJEC A Level English Literature, LT4, KS5 Archive, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, OCR A Level, WJEC A Level

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Associated Resources

  • A Guide to Much Ado About Nothing by Steph Jackson
  • Much Ado About Nothing - Student’s Guide.doc

This brief study guide focuses on the themes, language and issues of the play relevant to the current A-Level Literature specification AO2 requirement of form, structure and language: ‘demonstrate detailed critical understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in literary texts’.

The guide also explores some areas of the historical context of the play which will assist you with...

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A Level English Literature | Guide to Narrative Analysis »

Steve Campsall | Wednesday March 16, 2011

Categories: Hot Entries, AQA A Level, AQA A Level English Literature A, LTA1, LITA2, LITA3, LITA4, AQA A Level English Literature B, LITB1, LITB2, LITB3, LITB4

Although analysing a text at the level of narrative is a direct requirement of some English Literature courses, such as AQA’s LITB1, it is an analytical technique that can be quite generally applied across many texts – even non-fictional and media texts.

Narrative is a central aspect of imaginative fiction such as short-stories, the novel and many poems but it also crops up in very many everyday texts. Despite this, it remains a less than easy idea to grasp and can easily prove a challenge to even the brightest students. This guide...

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