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    How does Steinbeck present the character of Crooks in the novel 'Of Mice and Men'?

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    How does Spielberg use a variety of cinematic techniques in Jaws to engage the audience?

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    How does Lady Macbeth change throughout the play, "Macbeth"?

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    Discuss Harper Lee's portrayal of the black community in To Kill A Mockingbird

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GCSE English Literature

GCSE English Literature will introduce you to some of the greatest works by writers from both the modern era and from the past. You'll bestudying dramatic works, poetry and prose and analysing how they were written, what they say about the times in which they were written, and the devices that the writers used to tell their story effectively.

Quite which examples you'll be reading and studying depends on the specification you are entered for and what choices your teachers make but you'll definitely be studying a Shakespeare play. Studying the subject allows you to build strong skills of analysis, evaluation, critical thinking and literacy; qualities which are extremely valuable infurther study and in the world of work.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Compare The Hyaenas(TM) with War(TM). What shoc

    "In conclusion, the shock tactics used by Kipling and Wallace in these two poems help convey the effect war has on people and how we as humans are to blame for it. These messages are expressed through, the topic of the poems, the behaviour of the characters, the imagery used, the tense in which they are written and the choice of words."

  • Compare how Willy Russell portrays the two mothers in Blood Brothers. Account for the different reactions the audience will have to the two women throughout the play.

    "In conclusion, one the one hand, sometimes Willy Russell portrays Mrs. Johnstone to be the 'real' mother and induces the audience to be attracted to her. Russell than portrays Mrs. Lyons to be the 'false' mother and sways the audience to find her unsympathetic and snobbish. He portrays her as a cold woman who does not show much emotion. We see her as over-protective of Eddie as she fears his bond with the Johnstone family. Yet on the other hand, Willy Russell tends to make the audience to believe that Mrs. Lyons and Mrs. Johnstone are equally sympathetic. He portrays both mothers to be loving and caring mothers who make the best of things. In general, Willy Russell does portray Mrs. Johnstone to be the 'real' mother seeing that she understood the tender relationship between Mickey and Edward. Willy Russell portrayed Mrs. Lyons to be a very selfish woman because of her previous actions like sending Edward to boarding school and showing Mickey that Edward and Linda have been unfaithful. The audience will also feel very understanding and sympathetic towards Mrs. Johnstone throughout the play whereas they may have felt hatred for Mrs. Lyons."

  • Compare the descriptions of the four ghosts in A Christmas Carol. Which do you find the most effective and why?

    "In conclusion, I think that the most effective ghost is the ghost of Christmas present due to the fact that in being shockingly different from the other ghosts, its message was carried clearly and profoundly to the reader. Although an original reader may disagree with me, as the ghost was too uncommon for the time; I think that it's outright defiance to the norm, would have alerted the reader to the ghost and would have helped put across the original meaning of Christmas. Robert Ankcorn English coursework"

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