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Macbeth – Key Quotes – English Literature GCSE

Here are some key quotes from Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Is this a dagger which I see before me,
The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee:
I have thee not, and yet I see thee still.

(Macbeth, Act 2 Scene 1)

Double, double toil and trouble:
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

(Witches, Act 4 Scene 1)

Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
Great Birnam wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him.

(Third apparition, Act 4 Scene 1)

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Storm on the Island by Seamus Heaney: Literary Techniques. Power & Conflict Poetry Anthology – GCSE English Literature


‘spits like a tame cat turned savage’ – the sea is described as an unpleasant and uncontrollable animal.

‘space as a salvo’ and ‘we are bombarded by the empty air’ – the situation is described as warlike, making it seem as though there is an attack going on by an unseen army.


‘the wizened earth’ – the earth is described as intelligent.

‘can raise a tragic chorus’ – this is when the leaves and branches are hit.

‘that it pummels’ – pummels means to hit something quickly, often used when describing a fight.

‘the sea is company’ – the sea is described as a cure for loneliness.


‘strafes invisibly’ – the storm is described as a fighter plane.


‘stacks’ – haystacks, formed piles of hay

‘stooks’ – groups of sheaves stood up to dry in a field

‘salvo’ – the firing of several guns or weapons

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A Christmas Carol – Key Quotes – GCSE English Literature

This is an important quote if you’re talking about Ebeneezer Scrooge. We get the idea that he’s not used to talking to people in this positive way. Although Scrooge is talking to another character, this quote illustrates the theme of isolation, as it reminds us that he used to be solitary and is only now trying to be sociable and positive.

“Spirit!” he cried, tight clutching at its robe, “hear me! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope!”

This is the moment where Scrooge finally changes. It takes place in stave 4.

This is another good quote if you’re talking about Scrooge. He has woken from his experience and, although no traces of the ghosts remain, Scrooge remembers everything and that is enough for him to believe. This quote is from stave 5.

This quote is from stave 2. It relates to the theme of choice.

“I don’t know what day of the month it is!” said Scrooge. “I don’t know how long I’ve been among the Spirits. I don’t know anything. I’m quite a baby. Never mind. I don’t care. I’d rather be a baby. Hallo! Whoop! Hallo here!”

He was checked in his transports by the churches ringing out the lustiest peals he had ever heard. Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell. Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash! Oh, glorious, glorious!

This is an important quote, as the image of a bell appears frequently throughout the story.

Here’s another good quote for Scrooge. He’s talking to Fred and being as stubborn as ever. Fred just sees Scrooge as a member of his family, and he wants to have some form of relationship with him, even if he’s not a pleasant man to spend time with. This quote is from stave 1 and it’s great if you’re discussing the theme of family.

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The Winslow Boy – Character Quotes – Catherine – iGCSE English Literature

Here are some useful quotes from Terence Rattigan’s The Winslow Boy. This post focuses on Catherine Winslow.

This quote is from Act 1. Catherine says this in response to Grace, who asks: “You’re such a funny girl. You never show your feelings much, do you? You don’t behave as if you were in love.

It’s a useful quote to learn, as it tells us a lot about Catherine and Grace. It also relates to the themes of family and the media.

CATHERINE: Not a verbal protest. Something far more spectacular and dramatic. He’d had his feet on the Treasury table and his hat over his eyes during most of the First Lord’s speech – and he suddenly got up very deliberately, glared at the First Lord, threw a whole bundle of notes on the floor, and stalked out of the House. It made a magnificent effect. If I hadn’t known I could have sworn he was genuinely indignant –

ARTHUR: Of course he was genuinely indignant. So would any man of feeling be –

CATHERINE: Sir Robert, Father dear, is not a man of feeling. I don’t think any emotion at all can stir that fishy heart –

This quote is also helpful if you’re discussing Arthur Winslow or Sir Robert Morton. Plus, it relates to the themes of principles, women and the media.

This quote obviously relates to Dickie as well. It’s also a good one for the theme of family.

DICKIE: Suppress your opinions. Men don’t like ‘em in their lady friends, even if they agree with ‘em. And if they don’t – it’s fatal. Pretend to be half-witted, then he’ll adore you.

CATHERINE: I know. I do, sometimes, and then I forget. Still, you needn’t worry. If there’s ever a clash between what I believe and what I feel, there’s not much doubt about which will win.

Again, this quote is also useful if you’re talking about Dickie.

This quote is also useful if you’re discussing John Watherstone. Plus, it relates to the themes of family and women.

CATHERINE: You don’t think the work I’m doing at the W.S.A. is useful?

ARTHUR is silent.

CATHERINE: You may be right. But it’s the only work I’m fitted for, all the same. (Pause.) No, Father. The choice is quite simple. Either I marry Desmond and settle down into quite a comfortable and not really useless existence – or I go on for the rest of my life earning two pounds a week in the service of a hopeless cause.

This quote also applies to the themes of principles and women.

Here, Catherine is talking to Sir Robert Morton about the possibility of her working in the courts one day.

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Romeo & Juliet – Characters: Romeo. iGCSE English Literature

Here is a handy info-graphic containing some key information about the character of Romeo in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.

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Romeo and Juliet – Key Quotes – iGCSE English Literature

Here are some key quotes from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

“Either thou or I, or both, must go with him.”Romeo. This is a great quote to illustrate Romeo’s headstrong nature. It’s also very short, so really worth trying to learn.

“He shall not make me there a joyful bride!” Juliet. Romeo and Juliet share the characteristic of being headstrong. This quote shows Juliet’s nature.

“O happy dagger!”Juliet. The use of the adjective happy illustrates how Juliet welcomes her death. The use of the exclamation mark heightens Juliet’s emotions. Again, this is a short quote, so see if you can learn it.

“Content thee, gentle coz, let him alone… It is my will.”Lord Capulet. This is a good example of how Lord Capulet is portrayed as being powerful. He is the head of the family.

“Nurse, where’s my daughter? Call her forth to me.” Lady Capulet. This quote illustrates the unknowing nature of Lady Capulet. The use of the word ‘daughter’ illustrates how her relationship with Juliet is formal.

“That dreamers often lie.”Mercutio. This quote shows us Mercutio’s witty side. It is his response after Romeo tells him he had a dream about Rosaline.

The above extract is from Act 3, Scene 1. Tybalt says I am for you highlighting that he is ready for the fight. This shows his confident nature. Mercutio says to Tybalt will you walk?’ questioning whether Tybalt will fight with him. Mercutio calls Tybalt a rat-catcher highlighting the cunning side of Tybalt’s personality. These two points show us the passionate personalities of both characters.

“Till holy church incorporate two in one.”Friar Laurence. The quote illustrates the obviously religious nature of Friar Laurence. It shows how he believes that through marriage the Montague and Capulet households will be united by God.

“I think you are happy in this second match, for it excels your first.”Nurse. Here we see the truthful nature of Nurse. She wants the best for Juliet.

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Their Eyes Were Watching God – Simple Plot Summary – iGCSE English Literature

Here is a handy infographic breaking down the plot of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.

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