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

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    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.

    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.

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