Unit 4 - Approaching Shakespeare and the English Literary Heritage
In this unit, candidates will consider texts from the English Literary Heritage, one of which will be a play by Shakespeare. This unit allows candidates to appreciate why some texts have enduring appeal and how the social, historical and cultural context of the text informs its content.
As in Unit 1, candidates will be expected to consider the key aspects of literary study:
- ideas, themes and issues
These must be underpinned by understanding the writers' language and techniques. They should learn to make informed personal responses.
Section A is based on the study of one Shakespeare play from a choice of five. Candidates will engage with the language in the play and will consider the dramatic devices used to engage an audience, showing a clear understanding that the text was written for performance.
Section B offers a choice of five texts from the English Literary Heritage. These texts allow candidates to experience how writers have presented aspects of English society and culture and to appreciate the characteristic style of writers who have shaped Literature.
Section A: Shakespeare
- Romeo and Juliet
- Much Ado About Nothing
- Twelfth Night
- Julius Caesar
Section B: Prose from the English Literary Heritage
- Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
- Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
- Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
- The Withered Arm and other Wessex Tales - Thomas Hardy
- Animal Farm - George Orwell
This unit is assessed by an external examination.