Analysis of Characters in Pride and Prejudice

Analysis of Characters in Pride and Prejudice

Detailed podcasts on the characters in Pride and Prejudice, including Elizabeth, Darcy, Bingley, Jane, Wickham, Lydia, Charlotte, Mr Collins, Kitty, Mary, The Gardiners, Mr and Mrs Bennet, Lady Catherine and Colonel Fitzwilliam.
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Context of Pride and Prejudice

Context of Pride and Prejudice

In this podcast we analyse the historical context of Pride and Prejudice, including the Napoleonic wars, the position of women and class structure.
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Structure and Form - Jekyll and Hyde

Structure and Form - Jekyll and Hyde

This audio tutorial examines the structure and form of Jekyll and Hyde and why this is important in light of your GCSE. We also ask the questions of what makes a narrator un/reliable and how are the letters used to help progress/complicate the narrative? The plot of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is delivered through multiple narratives, making it both compelling and sometimes confusing. The tutorial introduces the concept of the unreliable narrator and highlights the multiple narrative perspectives of the novella. It examines the mixture of first person and unidentified narrative voices, supernatural content, lack of trust, suspense etc. It defines the epistolary form and the Gothic and discusses the circulation of ‘truth’ through content of letters, the will and cheques, relating to concepts of evidence in detective fiction.
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The History Boys - Themes

The History Boys - Themes

This audio tutorial looks at the key themes The History Boys. How does each teacher represent contrasting educational philosophies? We examine how Hector, Irwin and Mrs Lintott teach and how the boys respond to their different methods of teaching. How is the theme of history explored in the play? We examine how time jumps around in the play and discussions about historical events. Does Bennett give a bleak view of sex and sexuality? How relationships and love are described and affect the characters and the role of Mrs Lintott in an all male dominated play.
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The History Boys - The Boys' Characters

The History Boys - The Boys' Characters

Here we pose and answer key questions about the characters of the boys in The History Boys. What are Posner, Dakin, Scripps and Rudge’s roles? How do their characters develop? Are the other four boys’ characters established and the boys’ relationships with Hector and Irwin. It discusses Posner’s homosexuality, Dakin's confidence, how Scripps is religious and Rudge being the least intelligent. It also analyses how future jobs show life progression, whilst the other boys are not very established characters which is reflected in future professions.
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Plot and Structure of the History Boys

Plot and Structure of the History Boys

This audio tutorial looks at the what are the main events during the History Boys and, importantly, what is the purpose of these events in the play? It also examines what conventions of theatre does Bennett use and why, it considers the different time frames in the play, the juxtaposition of key events to create effect and how characters address the audience directly.
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Narration and Analysis of Mother, Any Distance and Walking Away

Narration and Analysis of Mother, Any Distance and Walking Away

This audio tutorial narrates and then examines 2 of the key poems within the AQA Love and Relationships poetry cluster, Mother, Any Distance and Walking Away. It looks at how poets create a sense of distance. It will examine the content of the poems, the language – place and distance / nature / the everyday and finally the structure and form.
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Characters in The History Boys - The Teachers

Characters in The History Boys - The Teachers

What is each teacher’s role in the play? What does each character represent? We examine the relationships between teachers and boys and analyse the different teachers including Irwin, Hector, Mrs Lintott and the Headmaster. We look at how each represent a different philosophy of education.
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Context of The History Boys

Context of The History Boys

Here we pose and answer key questions regarding the context of The History Boys including What contexts are there in the play, how does Bennett’s personal context affect the play and what contexts does Bennett use and to what effect? The contexts include social context: class, female to male ratios, 1980s England, Leeds and educational institutions. Literary context: comedy, naturalistic and realistic drama, epic theatre, meta-theatrical and wider literary context: songs, films and poetry
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Of Mice and Men - Analysis of the Context

Of Mice and Men - Analysis of the Context

This audio tutorial discusses the historical context of Of Mice and Men, including the Roaring Twenties, the American Dream and the Great Depression, giving you insights into when Steinbeck's classic was written.
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Of Mice and Men Plot Overview and Introduction

Of Mice and Men Plot Overview and Introduction

Why has ‘Of Mice and Men’ remained popular with readers for over 70 years? This audio tutorial gives details of Steinbeck’s biography; why he wrote the novella; its public reception and enduring popularity.
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