If you are studying a novel, then the key things to look at are the themes (the recurring ideas within the text), the literary techniques, and the characterisation (how the writer develops characters). Knowing how to talk about these is crucial if you want to get the best possible marks.

In the exam, you will be able to answer one question on drama, and you will have 45 minutes to do so. To get a great mark, you will need to talk about the characters, the themes and the plot, and use an understanding of different techniques to explain how and why the writer creates drama throughout. Work on a spider diagram of your chosen text, and use this to guide you through the key themes, although make you anchor these with key quotes and techniques.

This section will help you with specific texts. Just click on the image to the below, or the toolbar above to look at information on the novels you are studying.

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