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Illusion and Corruption in The Great Gatsby – Essay

“The dominant themes of the novel are those of illusion and corruption.” Discuss this statement, supporting your answer with the aid of suitable reference to the novel.

Illusion and corruption dominate The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Illusions are created by characters to hide aspects of their lives or to lead other characters astray. Jay Gatsby is the epitome of illusion, and is the central illusionist in the novel. However an illusion is also created by Daisy Buchanan with regards to her true feelings for Gatsby. As well as being an illusionist Gatsby is under the illusion that he... (More)

As with any exam task, you should balance using your own ideas to engage critically with the text with, maintaining a strong focus on the requirements of the question. Before you start, ensure that you have an excellent range of subject terminology to hand, and then let your critical approach be guided by the assessment objectives for that exam section. On unseen poetry questions, most exam papers assess your analysis of language, structure and form.

Read the poem twice. During your first reading, identify the message, key themes, the speaker and subject of the poem. On your second read, look... (More)

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Emily Dickinson’s original approach to poetry results in startling and thought provoking moments in her work. Sample Answer

Emily Dickinson’s original approach to poetry results in startling and thought-provoking moments in her work.

Emily Dickinson explores a variety of themes in her poetry. Her use of concrete imagery and language to convey abstract ideas provides an original approach. Dickinson is a poet of extremes with a large range of emotions from joyous hope to devastating despair. In her most recognisable poems “Hope is a thing with feathers”, “I felt a funeral in my Brain” There's a certain Slant of light” and “I heard a Fly buzz - when I died”. She explores the themes of death, workings of... (More)

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