A Level Edexcel English Literature 2018 Exam predictions

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Hi,

Does anyone have any ideas for essay titles?
In Drama I am studying King Lear and A Streetcar Named Desire.
In Prose I am studying The Little Stranger and The Picture of Dorian Gray.
And in Poetry I am studying the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale

It would be nice to see what ideas everyone has in order to continue making essay plans! )
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I study streetcar as well- have a feeling fate/fear might come up...
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I study streetcar as well- have a feeling fate/fear might come up...
Thanks for replying, yeah that's a shout, I think it may be Stella, Mitch or the theme of loneliness...
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Thanks for replying, yeah that's a shout, I think it may be Stella, Mitch or the theme of loneliness...
Mitch and stella have come up before, but yh loneliness might
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Mitch and stella have come up before, but yh loneliness might
I don't think Stella has, not in the new spec anyway. What other texts are you studying?
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I don't think Stella has, not in the new spec anyway. What other texts are you studying?
oh thought it came up on as spec paper
Studying Hamlet, Heart of Darkness/ Passage to India, and poetry I'm doing Keats
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Does anyone know what came up in the English lit AS exam for Edexcel? Maybe that could give us a guide as to what to predict?
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Does anyone know what came up in the English lit AS exam for Edexcel? Maybe that could give us a guide as to what to predict?
Yes, that's a good idea! I don't know how I'll be able to find them out as the AS students at my college do OCR
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Yes, that's a good idea! I don't know how I'll be able to find them out as the AS students at my college do OCR
I tried to find something on TSR but I couldn't find any discussion. Also, how are you finding Wife of Bath, I do it too. I don't really mind it, but if the questions are horrible then...
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I tried to find something on TSR but I couldn't find any discussion. Also, how are you finding Wife of Bath, I do it too. I don't really mind it, but if the questions are horrible then...
Yeah, I don't mind it... I'm hoping that the questions are nice too! If it's a nice passage they give us I should be fine. There aren't that many things they can ask us and we have a choice of two questions so hopefully we'll be alright!
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According to the Interpreture website, 'Material' and 'From the Journal of a Disappointed Man' appeared in the AS exam a few weeks ago, so it seems unlikely that they will come up for us!
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According to the Interpreture website, 'Material' and 'From the Journal of a Disappointed Man' appeared in the AS exam a few weeks ago, so it seems unlikely that they will come up for us!
Thanks! Do you know what came up in the other AS exams?
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Thanks! Do you know what came up in the other AS exams?
Apart from a Streetcar question on the relationship between Blanche and Stella, I don't know what else came up.
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Hey, for anybody studying Hamlet (Edexcel) I have an odd feeling the Women will come up, also a really good theme to revise is the supernatural as it can be applicable to the “rotten” state of Denmark and to death and Hamlet’s madness.

For Streetcar, I wouldn’t be surprised if loneliness came up. It’s quite unlikely to be Stanley, Stella or vulnerability, but of course those are still good themes/characters that have a massive impact so nevertheless they’re really helpful.

For Keats I’m pretty sure To Autumn has come up before (I might be wrong lmao), but the best advice I can give is study the hell outta the Odes and the short early poems and use those as your comparisons as - especially the odes - they cover ALL of the themes that every other poem covers so you really can’t go wrong there.

If anyone is doing Frankenstein/THT then I feel fo you because I’m finding it so difficult lol but I think the best last minute revision for that is flicking through to key passages quickly, memorising quotes and why they compare to the other text. Responses to adversity, identity (I think), narrative voice and gender in the misuse of science are ones that I know have definitely come up before so I’m not sure what will come up - maybe something like free will or ‘the Other’? But that is a complete guess so I wouldn’t trust me on that one lmao

Also the modern poetry anthology (I’m so sad they took out a Leisure Centre because that poem is life) is one that I’m finding a little harder to revise or find the time for so if anyone has any suggestions on quick revision techniques I would HUGELY appreciate it!

I might have stated the obvious on some of these, idk, but hopefully this will help with last minute exam prep and predictions guys
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I realise I didn’t help much with your question (sorry!) but hopefully the streetcar bit is helpful
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I realise I didn’t help much with your question (sorry!) but hopefully the streetcar bit is helpful
Yes, thank you! It's interesting to hear how other people are getting on! I am in the same boat as you and am struggling with revision for Poems of the Decade, I made detailed notes on them all a while back so will probably go through them for each poem. If I have time I may practice analysing unseen poems in like a 15 minute time interval but I really don't see hat more I can do!
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To be honest I think I’ve doomed my self with Poems of the Decade, I’m probably going to be treating those similarly to the unseen ones... Though I did think of making a grid of key points for each poem, with one column being on structure, one on language and one on tone (or something else idk) and then of course each row dedicated to each poem. Otherwise I’m not sure what else to do! Hopefully that’ll be a good way to get to the key parts of the poem with some sort of focus I guess. I’m so glad I’m not the only person struggling with that one
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To be honest I think I’ve doomed my self with Poems of the Decade, I’m probably going to be treating those similarly to the unseen ones... Though I did think of making a grid of key points for each poem, with one column being on structure, one on language and one on tone (or something else idk) and then of course each row dedicated to each poem. Otherwise I’m not sure what else to do! Hopefully that’ll be a good way to get to the key parts of the poem with some sort of focus I guess. I’m so glad I’m not the only person struggling with that one
Hahah don’t worry I’m sure you’re fine with them! At least that is the last exam so I’ll have a bit more time to look over them as it gets nearer😎😎
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That’s true actually, can’t wait for it to be all over tbh 😹😹
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Hey, for anybody studying Hamlet (Edexcel) I have an odd feeling the Women will come up, also a really good theme to revise is the supernatural as it can be applicable to the “rotten” state of Denmark and to death and Hamlet’s madness.

For Streetcar, I wouldn’t be surprised if loneliness came up. It’s quite unlikely to be Stanley, Stella or vulnerability, but of course those are still good themes/characters that have a massive impact so nevertheless they’re really helpful.

For Keats I’m pretty sure To Autumn has come up before (I might be wrong lmao), but the best advice I can give is study the hell outta the Odes and the short early poems and use those as your comparisons as - especially the odes - they cover ALL of the themes that every other poem covers so you really can’t go wrong there.

If anyone is doing Frankenstein/THT then I feel fo you because I’m finding it so difficult lol but I think the best last minute revision for that is flicking through to key passages quickly, memorising quotes and why they compare to the other text. Responses to adversity, identity (I think), narrative voice and gender in the misuse of science are ones that I know have definitely come up before so I’m not sure what will come up - maybe something like free will or ‘the Other’? But that is a complete guess so I wouldn’t trust me on that one lmao

Also the modern poetry anthology (I’m so sad they took out a Leisure Centre because that poem is life) is one that I’m finding a little harder to revise or find the time for so if anyone has any suggestions on quick revision techniques I would HUGELY appreciate it!

I might have stated the obvious on some of these, idk, but hopefully this will help with last minute exam prep and predictions guys
Thanks for your points on Hamlet! I also think that women will come up or, if not, a question on Ophelia or Gertrude could be asked. My teacher has predicted madness/revenge tragedy, which can be linked to Denmark as a 'prison' and the symbolism of decay, as well as Ophelia's madness (caused by Hamlet's revenge/the 'rank corruption' of Denmark).

As for Keats, it wouldn't surprise me if Hyperion came up, but I'm hoping that To Sleep will - it can be easily linked to Belle Dame, Indolence and Nightingale in terms of sleep (of course!) and suffering.
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