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What are the hardest and easiest texts to study for GCSE AQA English Literature?

For Shakespeare, out of:

Macbeth

Romeo and Juliet

The Tempest

The Merchant of Venice

Much Ado About Nothing

Julius Caesar


For the 19th century novel, out of:

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

A Christmas Carol

Great Expectations

Jane Eyre

Frankenstein

Pride and Prejudice

The Sign of Four


For the modern text, out of:

An Inspector Calls

Blood Brothers

The History Boys

DNA

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A Taste of Honey

Lord of the Flies

Telling Tales

Animal Farm

Never Let Me Go

Anita and Me

Pigeon English


I would also be interested in what texts you are studying, and if you are enjoying them or not. :smile:
I did Macbeth, Jekyll & Hyde and An Inspector Calls (took the exam in May). I can't say if they are easier or harder than the others since I hadn't done them, but the texts were OK and worked well together (some similarities in themes). I didn't enjoy Literature, but that's because, well, it's Literature. I think I'd have fared far worse with a lot of the other texts on offer.
I did OCR, but here is my advice anyway.

If your school lets you choose, then for modern text go for An Inspector Calls. It is probably the shortest one, the most interesting one (in my opinion), and the easiest one due to how nearly everyone does it and so there are so many resources online to help.
Similarly for 19th century, I would go for Jekyll and Hyde since most people do it and there are lots of resources, and it is quite an interesting novel too.
For Shakespeare, do Macbeth or Romeo and Juliet, as that's what most people do, so again, lots of resources. I did the Merchant of Venice, and it was a tricky journey, but I was quite happy with it in the end.
Original post by Zereux
For Shakespeare, out of:

Macbeth

Romeo and Juliet

The Tempest

The Merchant of Venice

Much Ado About Nothing

Julius Caesar


For the 19th century novel, out of:

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

A Christmas Carol

Great Expectations

Jane Eyre

Frankenstein

Pride and Prejudice

The Sign of Four


For the modern text, out of:

An Inspector Calls

Blood Brothers

The History Boys

DNA

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A Taste of Honey

Lord of the Flies

Telling Tales

Animal Farm

Never Let Me Go

Anita and Me

Pigeon English


I would also be interested in what texts you are studying, and if you are enjoying them or not. :smile:


quick question: are these the order of easiest to hard texts for each section? BTW, I'm doing Macbeth, Jane Eyre and An Inspector Calls
I personally think Jekyll and Hyde is the best. I'm in year 10 yet i find it to be easier to read, understand and more interesting than Frankenstein/Modern Prometheus. But tbh, what you enjoy the most is the best and will be the easiest to understand.

EDIT: i did not see this was 5 yrs ago
(edited 1 year ago)

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