Advanced Higher EnglishWatch
This is just from my vague memory of the past paper, so maybe someone with the actual paper will be able to help more.
Compare and contrast the portrayal of Cordeila and Ophelia in the plays.
a) "The time is out of joint. O cursed spite,
That ever I was born to set it right."
Analyse Hamlet's attitude to the role of avenger. How far does this contribute to the tragic outcome of the play?
b) Analyse the importance of the Gloucester sub-plot in King Lear.
Discuss Shakespeare's treatment of villainy in either one or both of the selected plays.
a) "There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come. The readiness is all."
To what extent does this mark the turning point of Hamlet?
b) "As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods;
They kill us for their sport."
How important is this statement to the reading of King Lear as a whole?
c) Discuss the inevitability of tragedy in both plays.
"Tragedy does not derive from fatal flaws but fundemental flaws of the world."
How far is this view applicable to both plays?
a) Make a detailed examination of the treatment of kinship in Hamlet OR King Lear.
b) Compare and contrast treatments of kingship in both plays.
Oh, and good luck ^_^
I'm always around for discussion, I like Shakespeare a little too much...
P.S. Vis a vis the exam question, there's not many topics that can come up, they've already covered a lot of them.
My school thinks it's going to be on family, 'what is a man' or possibly madness.
our class did 2 williams plays
2 forster novels
18 heaney poems
so far im learning both plays and books and 4 heaney?
anyone doing the same things and hopes for questions?
Is it normal to study that many texts? Or is it just my school that sticks to two writers?
That's all I'm learning.
It's Austen or death!
We studied Austen, Coleridge and Duffy but I'm only learning Austen...
You can always squeeze something out of a question even if it's a really trashy one...
I pray oh dear god, do not ask me about irony, pleeeeeassse
Did you guys to creative folio or texual analysis?
Did you go to the applicants day where you got to play with water and see if sponges soaked up oil?
Why do you not want irony, Parker? I would have thought it was kinda a standard question to ask for Austen...
If Shakespeare goes pear-shaped, I may end up writing about Austen myself. Would be interesting and my teacher would have a fit!
All the people I know who are going to do English at University didn't even take advanced higher...
As for English at university, two people (out of 7, originally 15ish) in my AH class are actually doing English. Maybe three if I decide to do it... The rest of 'em vary from Architecture to cooking to Marine Biology to Law to Music to Art to History (so everything really!).
It's always an intimate class. I think that English is a much more challenging subject than say Chemistry or Biology and people are reluctant to take it further than they have to.
I will miss my AH class terribly
I applied for English Lit at Edinburgh, I would love to have gone and done it.
Alas, I want wealth.
It's more challenging to do well in English than Bio. etc. in some ways 'cos I think it's easier to succeed in sciences if you're not naturally good at them (i.e. you can get so far by rote-learning and hard work), whereas in English a certain degree of talent is usually necessary. On the other hand, I think it's easier to blag it in English than sciences if you're good enough. I know even the best scientists I know at school also work hard; the same can't be said for all the English geniuses (like the guy in my class who wrote his dissertation in a day, and will probably get an A ).
Yeah, but talent is much more precious than hard work, I'd say.
Not everyone has talent but everyone can work hard...
Obviously I'm not working hard because I'm spending the day before my exam on an internet forum... OCH ayyyyye min.