Advanced Higher English Notes








Coursework submission (essays/dissertation):



Topic ideas for Advanced Higher Dissertations:
Topic A
An examination of the complex symbolic significance of trees in ‘Beloved’ by Toni Morrison.
Topic B
Explore the dramatic means by which David Harrower forces the audience to face any moral ambiguity they may experience in his controversial play, ‘Blackbird’.
Topic C
An analysis of the oppression of women throughout time and society in ‘The Help’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’.
Topic D
A comparison between ‘The Miniaturist’ and ‘A Doll’s House’ analysing the approaches they use to allow the female characters to break stereotypes with reference to characterisation, symbolism and themes.
Topic E
A literary examination of how Tennessee Williams explores the theme of illusion versus reality through the main characters in ‘Sweet Bird of Youth’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’.
Topic F
A Study of Religion, Morality and Character Motivations in Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Blood Meridian’ and ‘The Road’.
Topic G
The Diverse Scottish Female Experience: The Candid Depiction of Scottish Women in Literature.
Topic H
An analysis of the theme of stoicism in Thomas Hardy’s ‘The Return of the Native’ and Elizabeth Gaskell’s ‘North and South’.
Topic I
To explore the limitations and themes of Love, Death and Isolation in Robert Frost’s poems.
Topic J
Coming of Age in . . . ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ by Steven Chbosky and ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger.
Topic K
The Fear of the Other in Victorian Gothic Horror.
Topic L
A comparative study analysing the impact of displacement caused by the war and how this changes the dynamic of relationships.
Topic M
The American Dream’s failure displayed through classic American novella.
Topic N
A comparative analysis of the devices used to explore the theme of masculinity in ‘Macbeth’ and ‘Julius Caesar’ by William Shakespeare.
Topic O
A comparison of the similarities in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Snow Falling on Cedars’, as depicted through narrative, symbolism and setting.
Topic P
The prevalence and subsequent significance of gender stereotypes in the work of Daphne du Maurier.
Topic Q
A Wasp in the Bell Jar: The consequences of misogyny in ‘The Bell Jar’ and ‘The Wasp Factory’.
Topic R
A study of the visibility of personal experience in the poetry of Seamus Heaney with reference to the poems ‘September 1969’, ‘Casualty’ and ‘The Strand at Lough Beg’.
Topic S
Exploring the role of an unreliable narrator in contributing to the reveal of psychotic or impulsive behaviour.



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