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By Nicholas Marsh

How to start learning English Literature has demonstrated itself as probably the most profitable and renowned introductory pupil publications within the box. This fourth version has been absolutely revised and accelerated all through, and now comprises extra examples and observation on texts in addition to a 3rd essay-writing bankruptcy, tackling critics and context.

This publication indicates the reader the right way to strategy novels, performs and poems, that includes chapters on issues, characters, constitution, variety, irony and research. moreover, sections on revision, assessments and additional improvement of research abilities make this ebook a useful spouse for someone commencing to examine English literature.

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By Nicholas Marsh

How to start learning English Literature has demonstrated itself as probably the most profitable and renowned introductory pupil publications within the box. This fourth version has been absolutely revised and accelerated all through, and now comprises extra examples and observation on texts in addition to a 3rd essay-writing bankruptcy, tackling critics and context.

This publication indicates the reader the right way to strategy novels, performs and poems, that includes chapters on issues, characters, constitution, variety, irony and research. moreover, sections on revision, assessments and additional improvement of research abilities make this ebook a useful spouse for someone commencing to examine English literature.

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I looked at the theme of creation in 'The Tyger', and found that Blake is particularly overwhelmed by the power of and contrasts in creation; and that he struggles to understand God's goodness because creation is so frightening and bewildering. I now know a great deal more about how the theme of creation is brought out in the poem, and I am ready to move on to Step 3. Notice that the theme of this poem is more difficult to analyse than was the case with 'Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night'. I used my method, and built on what I knew; but I had to be flexible.

Such a circumstance could only exasperate farther, and, when he ceased, the colour rose into her cheeks, and she said 'In such cases as this, it is, I believe, the established mode to express a sense of obligation for the sentiments avowed, however unequally they may be returned. It is natural that obligation should be felt, and if I could feel gratitude, I would now thank you. But I cannot - I have never desired your good opinion, and you have certainly bestowed it most unwillingly'. (p. 221) I have chosen this passage, remember, because Elizabeth appears contradictory in her behaviour to Darcy.

LOOKING AT CHARACTERS 41 I have given only brief descriptions of the situation in Hamlet, but they illustrate clearly enough that you can discover the complexity of a character in a play by comparing speech and action, and by comparing your character with someone else who is in the same situation. You will find these methods fruitful because they use the play's immediacy as a help in finding and understanding what the author wants to convey. The overall aim is the same, however, whether you study a novel or a play, because the characters in both are complex people whose feelings and experiences bring to life the big, dominant issues of the text.

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