English past paper questions

Elements of the Gothic:

2014, part A

  • How far do you agree with the view that Macbeth is a very moral play about the punishment of sin?
  • To what extent do you agree with the view that the novel [Frankenstein] is a total condemnation of transgression?
  • "In Wuthering Heights love is presented as an emotion which provokes violence rather than tenderness." To what extent do you agree with this view? 
  • "Sex and violence are always linked in the stories in The Bloody Chamber." To what extent do you agree with this view?

Part B

  • "Gothic writing is exiting becuase it allows us to think the unthinkable" How far do you agree with this view?
  • To what extent do you think gothic writing is a disturbing exploration of the unknown?
  • To what extent do you agree with the view that gothic writing shows that human beings are naturally inclined to be evil rather than good?

2013

  • "Macbeth is a play about the nature of evil rather than the nature of ambition." To what extent do you agree with this view of the play?
  • Explore some of the ways in which Mary Shelley uses different settings to contribute to the gothic effects of the novel.
  • How far do you agree with the view that, in Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte shows that more suffering is caused by a diseased mind than by a diseased body?
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