Prelim Revision Task

You will be assigned ONE of the below questions and plan a response today. You will use that plan to present a response to the class on Wednesday 10th January.

1.“The novel can deal unflinchingly with the social issues of the day.” Discuss with reference to any two novels. Catherine

2.Discuss the extent to which the principal characters in two novels are limited by the external constraints placed upon them. Erin

3.Discuss the ways in which themes of isolation and/or estrangement are explored in two novels. Kael

4.Compare and contrast the role and function of the principal female characters in two novels. Ben

5.Discuss some of the principal means by which tension is created and sustained in any two novels.  Kirsty

6.Compare and contrast the treatment of love in any two novels. Anna

7.Discuss the thematic significance of social status in any two novels. Kyle

8.Discuss the effectiveness of the exploration of identity in any two novels. Eliza


Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines

Okay, when the next batch of your work is due:

Monday 8th January 2018

  • Third draft of your dissertations
  • Second draft of your first folio piece.


Friday 12th January 2018

  • First draft of your second folio piece.


Monday 15th Janury 2018

  • Prelim! Please have revised both Plath’s poetry and Jane Eyre/Rebecca, as well as textual analysis techniques.

Rebecca and Jane Eyre Literary Study Essay

This should be completed and handed in on Thursday 14th December.


Discuss the thematic effectiveness of the use of setting in two novels.

  • How could this question be answered when considering both Jane Eyre and Rebecca?
  • What common themes do they share?
  • How are the key settings presented in the novels?
  • What is the impact of the settings on their characters?

Remember, you are not just discussing characterisation – it is the setting you need to analyse in order to explore this other aspect.

Rebecca – Critical Reading

Hello dears,

Some articles for you to cast your eyes over, including an exemplar dissertation (from the old Advanced Higher course, so word limit was 4500).

Please have these read for Friday 8th December.

Daphne du Maurier and the Gothic tradition

Echoes in Gothic Romance – Stylistic Similarities Between Jane Eyre and Rebecca


How Daphne du Maurier wrote Rebecca

Literary greats Rebecca – Love, paranoia, obsession

Nightmares, mirrors and possession in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca

The Jane Eyre- Myth in Jane Eyre, Rebecca and Nine Coaches Waiting

Jane Eyre – Literary Study

Okay folks, you will be completing a lit study tomorrow (Thursday 16th November) on Jane Eyre, for the following question:

Discuss the thematic significance of symbolism  in Jane Eyre.

This will be closed book, so no plans or notes in front of you – you have tonight to revise, and the task we have been working on in class should be helpful for you.

Please also take into account the feedback from your lit study responses on setting last week:

  • Don’t try to do too much – have a clear focus, established in your introduction.
  • Have a clear point you explore in each paragraph/section, one that links back to your overall argument – some were all over the place. You need to PLAN.
  • Phrasing – you need to read over your work, ideally at the end of each paragraph – some of these were the ramblings of a crazy person.
  • It is still wildly obvious that a lot of you haven’t read the book – not enough quotations, a lot of vague references or assertions about what the novel is about/explores. I shouldn’t have to tell you how important this is, and it WILL be the difference between passing and failing.