“What strikes us most forcibly is the essential powerlessness of women”.

In the light of this quotation, explore connections between The Duchess of Malfi and A Streetcar Named Desire. The tragic fate imposed on the women in ‘The Duchess of Malfi’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ demonstrates their essential powerlessness and inferiority in a patriarchal society. Both Williams and Webster present the female characters of each … Continue reading “What strikes us most forcibly is the essential powerlessness of women”.

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“Domestic life is presented as dull and unsatisfactory.”

In response to this view, explore connections between the ways in which Larkin and Duffy write about the ordinary in everyday life. You must analyse in detail at least two poems from each of your set texts. It is characteristic of Carol Ann Duffy and Philip Larkin’s poetry that domestic life is presented as dull … Continue reading “Domestic life is presented as dull and unsatisfactory.”

My Cambridge Essay: Must literature reflect a desire to ‘give meaning and order to our lives’?

After starting the summer holidays I began to write an essay on the meaning and order in life for a Cambridge essay competition. I put a lot of work into this essay and thought I would share it on my blog. Let me know what your thoughts are! ‘We are constantly endeavouring to give meaning … Continue reading My Cambridge Essay: Must literature reflect a desire to ‘give meaning and order to our lives’?