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Personal Statement Of A Literature Reader

606 words - 2 pages

I have always been passionate about English Language and Literature and am equally fascinated by the scientific linguistic study and the variety of literary genres involved and how the two collate. As a voracious reader myself, I enjoy exploring the ways the features of language are used in Literature to challenge, inspire and educate. From my GCSE years I have known that I wish to pursue a joint course of this nature to degree level. I am keen to analyse my favourite literature with further knowledge of the linguistic techniques used and gain additional insight into what makes the best texts so timeless and effective.
On my English Language course at A Level, I have been introduced to the concept of categorising texts which includes semantic and pragmatic analysis, much of which I could then apply to my literary studies. English Literature has also proved a fascinating and diverse subject as we have examined the works of Marlowe and Shakespeare alongside contemporary writers such as Carter and McEwan. I particularly enjoyed exploring how the social, historical, and cultural contexts influenced content; I found Shakespeare's plays, for example ‘Hamlet’ and ‘Othello’, resonated with me even more after research. Both subjects have enhanced my essay writing; I enjoy developing the structure of a well-balanced and logical response and then employing relevant textual evidence to support my argument.
My courses at A Level fuelled a desire to read the works of other prominent writers throughout the years. Recently I have enjoyed exploring Arthur Miller's views on the individual's frustration with social constraints and have found the poetry of Auden to be a powerful reminder of hard times in the past. My favourite works are often those which feature a poignant satirical or political message, which still resonate today,...

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