Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Planning

Notes from class:   Choose a novel or short story in which there is a character who experiences rejection or isolation. With reference to appropriate techniques, explain the rejection or isolation, and discuss how this aspect adds to your appreciation of the text as a whole. 5 point introduction Section 1. Tess experiences rejection by Angel Clare. “You were one woman, you are now another.” … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Planning

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Introductions

The hypocrisy of Angel Clare is rank, and he bears huge responsibility for the tragic fate of Tess Durbeyfield (“Tess of the d’Urbervilles”, 1891). Hardy’s characterisation of Angel as man who will not be bound by social convention creates hope for happiness in his heroine, but Clare’s cowardly rejection of Tess reveals both the weakness of his character, and also the punishing social conventions of … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Introductions

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Notes from Class

Title: “Tess of the d’Urbervilles” Name of the author: Thomas Hardy Date: 1891 Gist: A young working class girl’s terrible fate which unfolds after she is raped by an upper class man in Victorian England. Intention: How Tess’s rejection by Angel sheds light on the rest of the novel.   Answers to questions on Prose Fiction should refer to the text and to such relevant … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Notes from Class

S3 Discussion Topics

Should humans treat farm animals more humanely? Should athletes be allowed to take drugs to enhance their performance providing the drugs do no long-term damage to their bodies? How old is “too old” for parenthood? Footballers who abuse social media should be expelled from the profession. Has cosmetic surgery become too readily available? Is marriage an outdated institution? Is there still too much discrimination against … Continue reading S3 Discussion Topics

Merchant of Venice – Discussion Notes

Shylock is constantly undermined in his business by the Christians. He is the victim of religiously-motivated prejudice. “He hath mocked me and hindered me half a million” In any modern court this would at least mitigate/ lessen the sentence he receives. The Geneva convention states that everyone is free to practice their faith. The Christians – not Shylock – should be on trial for contravening … Continue reading Merchant of Venice – Discussion Notes

Merchant of Venice – Act Summaries

3.5 Jessica fears damnation for being Jewish; she is reassured that she is now Christian by marriage. 4.1 Shylock demands his bond from the court. Portia, disguised as a lawyer, awards it to him. However, she insists he must cut no blood from Antonio. Realsing this is impossible, Shylock tries to leave, but it is proven that he tried to kill Antonio: the court confiscates … Continue reading Merchant of Venice – Act Summaries

Merchant of Venice – Act Summaries

3.1 Shylock furiously criticises the Christians for their prejudice. He explains that he will have revenge on them, as that is what they would do to him. Tubal explains that all of Antonio’s ships are sunk. 3.2 Bassanio arrives in Belmont; he chooses the correct casket. Gratiano announces that he wants to marry Nerissa, with whom he who he has fallen in love. Both couples … Continue reading Merchant of Venice – Act Summaries

Merchant of Venice – Act Summaries

2.1 The Prince of Morocco is the first to try the “casket lottery” – if he fails he will never be allowed to marry anyone. 2.2 Launcelot Gobbo leaves Shylock to work for Bassanio. 2.3 Launcelot delivers a letter from Lorenzo to Jessica. She writes a reply. 2.4 Lorenzo and his friends arrange a party. He receives a letter from Jessica. 2.5 Shylock does not … Continue reading Merchant of Venice – Act Summaries

An Inspector Calls – Essay Plan

Choose a play which explores an issue or theme which interests you. By referring to appropriate techniques, explain how this issue or theme is explored. A play with a key theme: The responsibility of the strong to look after the weak. When Sheila gets Eva Smith fired. When Gerald sets her up as his mistress. When Mrs Birling denies her the support she needs. When … Continue reading An Inspector Calls – Essay Plan

Greek Myths: Research Questions

The name of your subject. Of what they are the god/goddess. (Their domain.) Physical description. How powerful are they (hierarchy)? Their Greek name and etymology. Their throne/ their animals/ their weapons/ their symbols/ their towns/ their history/ etc. Information about their family (mother, father, brothers, sisters, children, relationships, fights, arguments, etc.) Who are their friends? Why are they friends? How did they meet? Who are … Continue reading Greek Myths: Research Questions

S3 Homework Deadlines

30th August: Skateboarding 6th September: The Living Dead 13th September: The Real James Bond 20th September: The Nagging Parent 27th September: How Safe is the Food We Eat? 18th October: Five Shots that Killed John Lennon 25th October: The Other Olympics 1st November: Secrets of the Picts 8th November: £89 Million Boost Scotland 15th November: Cutting Spam out of your Mobile Diet 22nd November: Citizens … Continue reading S3 Homework Deadlines

Fearless – P.E.E. Paragraphs

Fearless is characterised by Galloway as a deeply unpleasant character, both physically and psychologically. E. She describes his walk as, “the clink and drag, clink and drag, like Marley’s Ghost, coming up the street.” E. The repetition conveys a sense of inevitability – the sense of Fearless drawing closer to the listener. This creates an ominous tone, a feeling of something terrible about to occur. … Continue reading Fearless – P.E.E. Paragraphs

Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Sample Dice Revision Paragraphs

Heritage/ Alec Alec’s heritage is central to a key misunderstanding in the novel. D’Uurberville’s original family name was Stoke, and his father simply bought the name to give his family an aristocratic history. However, this was unknown to Tess or her father, so Tess effectively seeks a family connection with the wrong family. Her father, drunk, proclaims that his family has “skellingtons” in a tomb … Continue reading Tess of the d’Urbervilles – Sample Dice Revision Paragraphs

Quick Technical Terms Test

For each of the following, give the technical term. “Boom!” He has passed away. That is well minging. Caesar was the first to wear the purple. And where do you think you’re going? After what seemed an eternity, they arrived. A chicken crossing the road is truly poultry in motion Betty bought a bit of butter… Each blade of grass was a tiny bayonet pointed … Continue reading Quick Technical Terms Test

Montmorency – CEL in Progress

Montmorency shows himself to be a dislikeable character when he steals from weak people. “Montmorency might have hopes of becoming a gentleman, but Scarper really wasn’t a very nice man.” Just after his first raid and he has robbed a beggar. This shows that he didn’t care who he hurt in order to get ahead. It is hard to feel sympathy for Montmorency when he … Continue reading Montmorency – CEL in Progress