Rossetti context


AO1 Articulate informed, personal and creative responses to literary texts, using associated concepts and terminology, and coherent, accurate written expression 12.5%

AO2 Analyse ways in which meanings are shaped in literary texts.

AO3 Demonstrate understanding of the significance and influence of the contexts in which literary texts are written and received. 50%

AO4 Explore connections across literary texts 25%

AO5 Explore literary texts informed by different interpretations. 12.5%

Rossetti context: 

•Rossetti was not perceived as a feminist in her own day as although she sympathised with women her religious values contradicted suffragette values e.g. To Rossetti, men and women were created by God as fundamentally different creatures. Because of their fundamental differences, Rossetti believed that men and women should have different responsibilities and rights – “Does it not appear as if the Bible was based upon an understood unalterable distinction between men and women, their position, duties, privileges?”

•Rossetti grew up surrounded by poetry, Gothic literature and a very religious family which influenced her writing. She was a devout Christian, and member of the Church of England.

•Rossetti comments on Social and


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