‘I was radically both.’ (Jekyll and Hyde) Discuss how being two things at once is presented as radical.

Dual identity is an inextricably potent motif that, albeit concealed by subtle tropes of concealment and disguise, is located at the plot centre of Robert Louis Stevenson’s gothic novella ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’[1]and Jackie Kay’s jazz infused novel ‘Trumpet’[2]. Both authors are crucially radical, subverting their contemporary late nineteenth and twentieth century notions …

“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 …

“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 …

The Geographical Relevance of Transylvania in Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Hi everyone, In this post I will be discussing the geographical features of Transylvania that define Dracula as a Gothic novel. As you may already know, or can probably guess, I am an English Literature student. Yet, I also study geography as one of my three A level subjects. This subject choice was inspired by …

Is Shakespeare Still Our Contemporary?

It very often seems that, in modern Shakespearean productions, Shakespeare is placed in no time and in no particular place. In York, I recently watched a production of Romeo and Juliet set in the 1930s showing the impact that World War One had on Italy. Despite the shift in time, the production was still successful …

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 …