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AS and A Level: Drama

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    Why does Hamlet still matter?

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    To what extent can Blanche Dubois be considered a tragic hero?

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    Classics in Friel's Translations

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    Explore the presentation of Iago in Shakespeare's Othello.

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    How effective is the Prologue as an introduction to Romeo and Juliet?

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Drama is a strongly academic subject with a defined practical element. If you appreciate theatre you'll find the subject fascinating and challenging as it covers performance, direction and analysis. There is plenty of practical work involved yet you'll also study the ways in which productions are staged, how drama is written and the ways in which scripts are interpreted by practitioners. The subject will allow you plenty of experimentation and you'll be expected to create and develop a project of your own in the second year.

As well as coursework there is a written examination and you'll need to develop strong and flexible skills in order to fulfil its requirements. Marked by Teachers has over 1,700 essays which will really give you an excellent grounding for your preparation.

Drama as an A level is excellent start for those considering a career in the field but it is also a very strong A level to have if you are intending to study English at university.


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  • Discuss the presentation of Faustus' inner conflict in Act 1 scene 5 of Doctor Faustus.

    "In conclusion we, as the audience, are clearly able to see that towards the beginning of Act 1 Scene 5, Faustus demonstrates his inner turmoil and uncertainty as to what is the right decision for him to make. His inner turmoil is presented primarily, through his monologues, which let the audience know what is happening in his mind, and the through the contrary manifestations of the "Good" and "Evil" Angels. The "Good" and "Evil" Angels symbolise the two extremes of his conscious thought and make it easier for the audience to see Faustus' confusion. By the end of the scene it is made clear that through the temptation of Mephastophilis, the terror of Lucifer and Belzebub and the lies of the "Evil" Angel, Faustus' soul will be contractually damned to hell and he does not have a hope of salvation."

  • To What Extent Does Death of a Salesman deal with modern issues such as materialism, consumerism, procrastination and alienation, in Act 1 of the play?

    "Alienation is the issue perhaps dealt with the most as it is the end result of the other issues combined and the one which has the largest part in the death of the main character, however Miller's play treats the issues as living off each other and as all counting towards the tragic fate that is the conclusion of the events of the play."

  • There is too little to admire in Eddie Carbone for him to be seen as a tragic hero. Discuss this view.

    "In conclusion, Eddie may not be 'purely good, but himself purely' expressing that albeit subject to an array of flaws, Eddie is human and a man whose actions are rooted to his morals and values, which are by far the most dominating reasons for how one can see him as a 'tragic hero'. Eddie remains the unconventional protagonist of Arthur Miller, in that Eddie possesses the classical Aristotelian characteristics of a tragic hero but he is not someone of royalty or great power; he is a 'common man' who has nothing but his family and his morals. Some may view Eddie as a man who fails to 'settle for half', but what marks his tale as special; what places him among the admirable tragic heroes such as Othello or King Lear, is his being 'wholly known'."

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