Revision Links: Macbeth

As part of your revision for Macbeth, watch these videos:

Full audio book:

Film: Royal Shakespeare Company, Macbeth:

60 Second Recap playlist:

Thug notes:

These websites are also excellent:




Revision Links: A Christmas Carol

As part of your revision for a Christmas Carol, watch these videos:

Full audio book with text:

2009 Disney Film:

Plot Summary:

Thug Notes:

Mr Bruff’s playlist:


These websites are also excellent:





English Literature: Paper One Overview

Some last minute information about the English Literature exam tomorrow:

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Some information about the assessment objectives:

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Suggested activities to revise:

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Easter Revision: Poetry and Non-Fiction Mash Up

Easter revision challenge: Read one of the poems from the anthology each day then come here to read a corresponding media article (however tenuous the link may be!)

Simon Armitage: Clown Punk –

John Agard: Checking Out Me History –

Andrew Forster: Horse Whisperer –

Carol Ann Duffy: Medusa –

Daljit Nagra: Singh Song! –

Jackie Kay: Brendon Gallacher –

Simon Armitage: Give –

Dorothy Molloy: Les Grands Seigneurs –

Percy Bysshe Shelley: Ozymandias –

Robert Browning: My Last Duchess –

Stevie Smith: River God –

Dylan Thomas: The Hunchback in the Park ––to-starstudded-acclaim-10137104.html

Thomas Hardy: The Ruined Maid –

UA Fanthorpe: Casehistory: Alison (head injury) –

John Betjeman: On a Portrait of a Deaf Man –

Of Mice and Men Essay: Team DANTV

Essay written by Denoth, Ahsan, Nikita, Tariq and Vanisha.

Throughout the novel Steinbeck intelligently uses symbolism to portray the impact of different characters. This is clearly displayed through the use of the dark and light symbolism as the ‘sunshine in the doorway was out-off’ when Curley’s wife entered. The words ‘sunshine… cut off’ shows that she brought darkness to the room. This could signify that she brings problems to the ranch. It could also mean that the ‘sunshine’ which is their happiness without her is ;cut-off’ and decreased greatly with just her silhouette implying that the sheer fact that she is a woman between these men and are ignoring her and could cause lots of trouble. If we zoom in on the word ‘cut-off’ it could be foreshadowing the consequences of entering the bunkhouse which we later find to be the death of Curley’s wife. It symbolises the fact that Lennie and George’s ‘rectangle of sunshine’ which was their new job was ‘cut-off’ by Curley’s wife towards the end. It may cause reader’s to think that she represents the twist that may change or turn the story around. To a reader this represents something interesting that is going to change the men’s life.

One of Steinbeck’s method is imagery. This can be seen in the extract as her ‘body was thrown forward’. Steinbeck cleverly uses imagery as a language feature as this paints a clear image of Curley’s wife. Steinbeck cleverly uses the phrase ‘thrown’ to indicate to the reader about how women were ‘thrown’ in the society as it was a society of patriarchy where men were the dominant ones and women were the recessive ones. Alternatively, the phrase ‘thrown’ could suggest the woman’s relevance, as the only relevance is most of the times were for the women to stay indoors and take care of the family. This would make some readers feel disappointed, as women could do something in society. On the other hand, some readers may feel that this is right as women physically are unable to do what men do. Moreover, Steinbeck also uses the phrase ‘forward’ to possibly indicate that Curley’s wife wanted attention as she was the only female on the ranch. Similarly, the word ‘forward’ could also imply the American Dream and how it is related towards the men rather than the women, as they have a high relevance and were also higher than the women in terms of hierarchy.

Steinbeck uses of vivid vocabulary for the reader to imagine how Curley’s wife looked. He described her dress with having ‘little bouquets of red ostrich feathers’ which immediately gives us the impression of her being quite well-off at the ranch. Considering they were ‘ostrich feathers’ it must have been very expensive and especially how they were suffering from the Great Depression from when the book was set. The word ‘red’ is repeatedly used to describe her appearance. On the whole she is quite admired by the ranchmen so ‘red’ could connate to love. However,  another interpretation on the word ‘red’ is that she is a flashing warning for the ranchmen and is used as a device for foreshadowing later events with Curley’s wife. Steinbeck portrays a very ambiguous image of Curley’s wife but we definitely know she dressed very well.

One of Steinbeck’s method to present Curley’s wife is dialect. Steinbeck has deliberately made Curley’s wife speak informally in Of Mice and Men. Words such as ‘lookin’, ‘ain’t ya’ and ‘tryna’ are written in an informal way and we could interpret that the spelling of these words shows how much of a rebellious character Curley’s wife was. Alternatively, we could interpret that the spelling of these words show how uneducated Curley’s wife was and this foreshadows the silly decisions that Curley’s wife makes when letting Lennie feel her hair towards the end of the novel. The reader may find her dialect to be annoying purely because of the way that these words are pronounced.

Throughout the book Steinbeck represents men to be superior than women. When Curley’s wife leaves the bunk house George says ‘so that’s what Curley picks for a wife’. If we zoom in on the word ‘picks’ it tells us that men has more power of women as Curley had the power to ‘pick’ any girl he wanted and make her his wife. It seems as if she had no option as the word ‘pick’ is quite demanding. George is downgrading her as he is not saying it pleasantly because in the line before he calls her a ‘tramp’ which highlights the attitude the men had towards women. She was seen as a ‘tramp’ even though she was just asking a few questions.

Of Mice and Men – Theme and Context quick revision

To get ready for the mocks, we spent a lesson revising the context and themes in Of Mice and Men. We started by considering the context, discussing the key ideas and issues as a class. Here is a brief outline of our notes:

A cruel world: hierarchies (levels of power) with discrimination of so-called ‘weak’ groups.

Several social prejudices: racism (Crooks), sexism (Curley’s Wife), ageism (Candy), and disability discrimination (Lennie).

Modern readers recognise change: but these discriminatory ideas still resonate and exist.

The Great Depression: a severe economic crisis which led to unemployment, homelessness and migrant workers.

The American Dream: a hopeful, motivational ideal that all Americans are born with the right to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,’ and with hard work they will achieve it. Steinbeck is critical of it and shows the flaws of a dream in a world that is so harsh. All of the dreamers in the book meet tragic and desolate endings.

The American West landscape: Valleys and mountains could represent ups and downs in the plot. The vast open land may represents ideas about freedom and opportunity but also isolation and uncertainty. Animals feature to show the similarities between the animal world and mankind as well as mirroring animal behaviour in characters. Soledad = Spanish for loneliness.

After this initial work, we focused on key themes in the novella. We came up with five (dreams, isolation, power, violence, friendship). The first step was for us to come up with a range of quotations that could be used to demonstrate how the themes are explored in the novella:

After the initial group effort to source a vast range of quotations, we worked in pairs to explore quotations in greater depth and finished by independently writing analytical paragraphs.

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Many thanks to RIKESH for providing these useful documents :

RIKESH Of Mice and Men Literature Exam

RIKESH Themes and Context