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I'm doing Section A - Shakespeare: King Lear and Section B - Drama & Poetry: Tis Pity She's a Whore & Songs of Innocence.

Any suggestions of what themes or character focus may come up?
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I've already seen past paper questions (at school can't find them online) on natural order, Edmund, Edgar and Cordela together about resolving the tragedy, Gloucester, hopelessness at the end and madness... So maybe women or family relationships? Importance of minor characters?

I'm doing Tis Pity with Paradise Lost and I'm hoping something about emotion vs logic, wrongdoing, desire... Something like that. But they're pretty standard every year.
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I'm doing Section A - Shakespeare: King Lear and Section B - Drama & Poetry: Tis Pity She's a Whore & Songs of Innocence.

Any suggestions of what themes or character focus may come up?
Heya, I'm doing Shakespeare King Lear as well, and I have to admit I have no idea what may come up so I would be interested to know what everyone else thinks! Has there been a recent question on death?

I'm also doing a question on Marvell's poetry and Webster the White Devil, and I can't find anyone else studying the same two!
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Nope no question on death but I think that kinda comes into hopelessness at the end (cos everyone's dead!) so I doubt it will come up.
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I'm doing Section A - Shakespeare: King Lear and Section B - Drama & Poetry: Tis Pity She's a Whore & Songs of Innocence.

Any suggestions of what themes or character focus may come up?
You're the only person I've found who is doing Tis pity and William blake! I had such an awful teacher and I don't even know where to start and it's three days before the exam. Do you have any material/critical commentary/ comparison essays that you could share on here please? Thank you
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Any speculation on what the King Lear question may be this year? My other texts are The Wife of Bath and The Rivals. Anybody else doing these?
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hey I'm doing volpone and the wife of bath and king lear for section A- my teacher thinks its likely to be something on women as nothing like that cam up last year or in the specimen paper. its unlikely to be gloucester and Lear and my teacher seems to think they often do questions on relationships so I'm thinking goneril and regan or edgar and edmund? those are good because theres lots to write about with easy-ish quotes. x
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Is anyone else doing Volpone and Songs of Innocence and Experience for Section B? All we've been taught how to do is essays on sin so if that doesn't come up I have no idea what I'll do
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You're the only person I've found who is doing Tis pity and William blake! I had such an awful teacher and I don't even know where to start and it's three days before the exam. Do you have any material/critical commentary/ comparison essays that you could share on here please? Thank you
I'm doing those too!

I have one or two typed essays I can share with you along with some critics. Assuming you have the play in a hard copy, I've begun to look through and write very small paragraphs on quotes that are applicable to many different characters and themes. I've also tracked down last years questions.

If it'd be a bit easier feel free to message me and I'll probably be able to give you some more specific help

you aren't doing the tempest by any chance are you?
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Is anyone else doing Volpone and Songs of Innocence and Experience for Section B? All we've been taught how to do is essays on sin so if that doesn't come up I have no idea what I'll do
Songs of Innocence and Experience, yes. Volpone, no.

First things first, DON'T PANIC. Don't try and cram in a million things.

I'm unsure what Volpone is about but I would suggest going through a study guide or just the play itself and selecting quotes that would fit into a few themes. Like themes for Tis Pity are Religion, Innocence, Evil, Corruption etc... learning specific quotes is just gonna send you into panic mode even more.

Hope that helps!
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I'm doing Section A - Shakespeare: King Lear and Section B - Drama & Poetry: Tis Pity She's a Whore & Songs of Innocence.

Any suggestions of what themes or character focus may come up?

‘To embrace love is to embrace danger.’ In the light of this view, discuss writers’
treatment of love.

Forbidden pleasures are the best.’ In the light of this view, discuss ways in which
writers portray the pursuit and the consequences of pleasure.

‘Literature explores the conflict between order and chaos.’ In the light of this view,
consider ways in which writers present order and chaos. In your answer, compare one
drama with one poetry text from the above lists.

Power is inevitably a source of corruption.’ In the light of this view, consider ways in which writers explore power and corruption.

‘The fascination of innocence lies in its fragility.’ In the light of this view, consider ways
in which writers present innocence.

These are last years questions.

As far as guesswork on this years questions go, I think individual judgement is as meritable as anything your teacher has to say! Best way to go is to revise quotes and critics that are widely applicable I think. (Thats what im doing anyway). I feel like a lot of the time the teachers are winging it as much as I am...
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King Lear predictions?
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Anyone doing King Lear for section A?

The White Devil and The Wife of Bath for section b?
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I`m really struggling with critics for The Rivals. I`m comparing it Blake and doing King Lear for section A so any information on that would also be appreciated.

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King Lear predictions?
I think nature will be one (hoping more rather) and I`m hoping I`m right as I guessed the theme of gender for Frankenstein last year so I`m hoping that my good guessing hasn`t left me this year!
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What could you say in an essay on nature in king lear and women please ??


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For nature you could talk abou how Lear returns to nature when he goes mad and talk about Edgar and how he transforms into poor Tom you could also talk about how Lear learns that nothing matters after he has returned to nature and the use of animal imagery throughout.

For women you can compare lears three daughters and the power that they have over the male characters and you talk about a load of context if this were to come up
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I have a couple really helpful lecture vids and audio stuff. pm ur emails if u want it.
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Is anyone else doing Volpone and Songs of Innocence and Experience for Section B? All we've been taught how to do is essays on sin so if that doesn't come up I have no idea what I'll do

I am doing it too!
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