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The 3 Ghosts: Character Analysis – ‘A Christmas Carol’ (animated)

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Unlike Jacob Marley, the three Spirits are not depictions of people who have died; instead, they are incarnations of Christmas. The first two Spirits force Scrooge to reconnect with his past (including revisiting some painful memories) and show him how others are currently celebrating Christmas. Finally, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come gives Scrooge […]

Fred: Character Analysis – ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Animated)

Fred: Character Analysis – ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Animated)

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Unlike Scrooge, Fred symbolises the good in people, as he sets a good example of how we should behave towards one another, particularly towards family. A representative of the middle class, Dickens uses Fred’s character to show generosity towards others, especially at Christmas time. This is seen in Fred’s invitation to Scrooge to celebrate Christmas […]

Learning from the June & November 2019 Exams: AQA English Language Paper 2

Learning from the June & November 2019 Exams: AQA English Language Paper 2

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Hello everybody and welcome to this video on AQA English Language paper 2. Now the November re-sit results came out last week, and with them the examiners’ reports. In today’s video I will take you through some of the key points from the examiners’ reports for 2019, from both the November and the June exams. […]

AQA English Language Paper 2 Question 5 (updated & animated)

AQA English Language Paper 2 Question 5 (updated & animated)

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AQA English Language Paper 2 question 5 is the writing question in Paper 2. It is a 40 mark question, with 24 marks awarded for a05, and 16 marks awarded for a06 Section B builds on Section A. In Section A you were given two sources presenting viewpoints on a topic or theme, and you’ve […]

Seamus Heaney: ‘Storm on the Island’ Mr Bruff Analysis

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Hello everybody and welcome to this video where I’m going to analyse the Seamus Heaney poem ‘Storm on the Island’. As always, please give this video a thumbs up, and subscribe to the channel. So let’s begin with the poet Seamus Heaney. And when you’re analysing a poem, you don’t just want to write down […]

Learning from the June & November 2019 Exams: AQA English Language Paper 1

Learning from the June & November 2019 Exams: AQA English Language Paper 1

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Hello everybody and welcome to this video on AQA English Language paper 1. Now the November re-sit results came out this week, and with them the examiner’s reports. In today’s video I will take you through some of the key points from the exam reports for 2019, from both the November and the June exams. […]

John Agard: ‘Checking Out Me History’ Mr Bruff Analysis

John Agard: ‘Checking Out Me History’ Mr Bruff Analysis

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Hello everybody and welcome to this video where I’m going to analyse the John Agard poem ‘Checking out Me History’. Now, as always, we start with the poet themselves. But we mustn’t just cover numerous details about the poet’s life. We must look at ‘what do we need to know about the poet to help […]

Jacob Marley: Character Analysis – ‘A Christmas Carol’ (updated & animated)

Jacob Marley: Character Analysis – ‘A Christmas Carol’ (updated & animated)

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Jacob Marley, Scrooge’s dead business partner, is the first Ghost to appear to Scrooge. From the opening line of the novella, Dickens firmly establishes that Marley is dead: ‘Marley was dead: to begin with’ comes as a shock to the reader. These words, which follow the title of the stave, ‘Marley’s Ghost’, promise a supernatural […]

AQA English Language Paper 1 Question 1 (updated & animated)

AQA English Language Paper 1 Question 1 (updated & animated)

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AQA English Language Paper 1 question 1 is supposed to be the exam board’s easy opener and yet last summer, more than 50,000 students failed to achieve full marks in this opening question. In this video I’ll give you three simple tips for hitting top marks in this opening question and you can download the […]

‘The Emigree’, by Carol Rumens: Mr Bruff Analysis

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Hello everybody and welcome to this video where I’m going to analyse the Carol Rumens poem ‘The Emigree’. As always, let’s start by looking at the poet. Carol Rumens was born in 1944 in London. She’s a poet, lecturer, and translator; has lived in Belfast and Wales and travelled widely in Russia and Eastern Europe. […]