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English Literature Exam Revision
Othello/To kill a Mockingbird/Heroes
Wjec Spec
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Contents
Extract Questions
Mood and Atmosphere
What does this reveal?
Characters: Othello
Othello
Desdemona
Iago
Michael Cassio
Themes: Othello
Jealousy
Character Profiles: Heroes
Larry LaSalle(On Last Year's Paper)
Francis Cassavant
Nicole Renard
Themes: Heroes
(Illusion of) Heroism
Characters: To Kill A Mockingbird
Jean Louise "Scout" Finch (On Last Year's Paper)
Jeremy Atticus "Jem" Finch
Charles Baker "Dill" Harris
Atticus Finch
The Radleys
Bob and Mayella Ewell
Calpurnia
Themes: To Kill A Mockingbird
Women and Femininity (Stephanie, Maudie, Aunt Alexandra)
Unseen Poetry
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Extract Questions
Mood and Atmosphere
What does this reveal?
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Characters: Othello
Othello
Othello's commanding posture, his calmness as he meets the swords of Brabantio's posse with a joke ("Keep up your
bright swords, for the dew will rust 'em"; I, ii, 59) conveys a sense of physical prowess so obvious that it is rarely
called into action; when Othello threatens the brawlers in II, iii, 160, 193-5) we have a sense of enormous power
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Desdemona
Like Othello, Desdemona undergoes a dramatic transformation over the course of the play. At the play's beginning,
Desdemona's an adventurous spirit ­ when her new husband is called away for military duty in Cyprus, she begs to
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Desdemona has seemed capable of meeting or even rising above those demands. In the end, Othello stifles the
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Iago
One reason why this play is so shocking is not just that we see a good man destroyed by a wicked one, but that the
weaker, incomplete, Iago brings down the stronger, nobler and fully human Othello. So how does this happen? A
common mistake is to see Iago as a masterly villain, fully in control of his victim, only losing his grip when the
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­ the person
he should have known best.
Michael Cassio
Cassio is a hinge on which the play turns. On the one hand, it is his promotion that arouses Iago's jealously. On the
other, it is his alleged (but non-existent) love affair with Desdemona that arouses Othello's jealousy. Cassio is very
much of a ladies' man.…read more

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