AS and A Level: English Literature

8,314 AS and A Level English Literature essays

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    Tennessee Williams wrote in a letter that It (Streetcar) is a tragedy with the classic aim of producing a catharsis of pity and terror and in order to do that, Blanche must finally have the understanding and compass

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    A very effective essay which addresses the question in detail and shows a balanced appraisal of the key characters.

    • Essay length: 1760 words
    • Submitted: 15/10/2011
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Karen Reader 22/02/2012
    • Reviewed by: (?) groat 23/03/2012
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    'Cleopatra is often interpreted as the designing woman who brings down a worthy soldier and ruler, but this view is simplistic.' How do you, in the 21st century, respond to Shakespeare's dramatic presentation of Cleopatra?

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    It is evident here how a thoughtful title can help to give an essay structure and direction. The writer has given a lively and sophisticated response to a well-phrased question.…

    • Essay length: 1718 words
    • Submitted: 02/01/2009
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Val Shore 25/02/2012
    • Reviewed by: (?) 01/07/2012
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    Why does Hamlet still matter?

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    A very well written piece showing full control of the material and an in depth understanding of the key points from the play. Some very insightful analysis which, at times.…

    • Essay length: 1922 words
    • Submitted: 11/10/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Laura Gater 03/05/2013
    • Awarding body: Not known/Not applicable
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    To Kill a Mocking Bird Essay. In the book, To kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee highlights the meaning of the narrative using novel standpoint, structure and irony. Harper Lee investigates the absurd attitudes of adults towards race and status

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    This is a very strong essay; on the whole it is very well written and demonstrates a high level of analytical skill. At times further links between different points in…

    • Essay length: 2029 words
    • Submitted: 12/02/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Laura Gater 18/07/2013
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    In Tess of the DUrbervilles, how does Hardy present Tess and Angels relationship as one that is destined to fail?

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    An excellent essay. It remains focused on the title throughout, and each paragraph builds on the previous one to create a convincing argument. The writer has a really thorough knowledge…

    • Essay length: 1667 words
    • Submitted: 22/01/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Val Shore 17/06/2012
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    To what extent can Blanche Dubois be considered a tragic hero?

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    This is a very well presented essay. There is evidence of sharp insight into the play, especially the contradictions and evasiveness of Blanche's inner/outer lives and her fragile self…

    • Essay length: 1887 words
    • Submitted: 20/03/2011
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Jeff Taylor 23/07/2013
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    This is a very strong essay - well expressed, perceptive and effectively researched, showing an excellent knowledge of the text. Occasionally there is too much context at the expense of…

    • Essay length: 2052 words
    • Submitted: 17/12/2010
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Roz Shipway 22/02/2012
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    Fantastic! This is a pleasure to read. The writer engages with the text with enthusiasm and academic rigour, demonstrating a mind at work and excited by the text and authorial…

    • Essay length: 2855 words
    • Submitted: 17/12/2010
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Lucy Foss 29/05/2013
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    Innocence and Experience in "Atonement" and "The Go-Between"

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    ***** 5 Stars
    This is an outstanding essay and very difficult to find any area which can be improved. Beautifully written, logically structured, excellent selection of embedded quotes to support…

    • Essay length: 2875 words
    • Submitted: 03/11/2009
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Katie Dixon 05/07/2013
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    Journeying in Hardy's "At Castle Boterel"

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    An excellent essay, which demonstrates understanding of how poetic technique and subject matter are intricately linked and used to craft and create meaning. The writer understands and can explain the…

    • Essay length: 1537 words
    • Submitted: 03/11/2009
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Val Shore 21/03/2012

The study of English Literature at A level will typically involve you covering a collection of Drama, Poetry and Prose from a variety of writers and eras. You'll be learning to critically evaluate and analyse as you read and will develop skills of interpretation and discussion in your written work.

Marked by Teachers has many thousands of essay examples covering an immense range of English Literature questions and topics which will aid and enable you to really master the techniques that examiners are looking for.

Typically you'll study a Shakespeare play, one or two more modern plays, both a classic prose and a modern example, and poetry from a selection of sources and eras. A level English Literature is the gateway to further study of the subject and the skills gained are extremely transferable. It's a strong preparation for degree courses in English, Law, Philosophy and indeed any subject which requires critical analysis and powers of discussion and interpretation.


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