Learning and analysing key quotes is vital to preparing for GCSE English Literature exam.
These quotes cover a range of literary devices, themes and characters, meaning you’ll be prepared no matter what question you get in your exam.
My library was dukedom large enough.
Act I, scene 2
Themes: Betrayal/knowledge as power
Language devices: metaphor, hyperbole
I am your wife, if you will marry me.
If not, I’ll die your maid. To be your fellow
You may deny me, but I’ll be your servant
Whether you will or no
Act III, scene 1
Language device: metaphor/hyperbole
Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and
Act III, scene 2
Language devices: sibilance, personification
We are such stuff
As dreams are made on: and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep
Act VI, scene 1
Themes: reality vs fantasy
Language devices: metaphor, euphemism, alliteration
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in’t.
Act V, scene 1
Themes: Reality vs perception/ Colonialism/ idealism
Language devices: personification, hyperbole
As you from crimes would pardoned be,
Let your indulgence set me free.
Language devices: simile, rhyming couplet, direct address
Hell is empty and all the devils are here
Language device: metaphor
This my mean task Would be as heavy to me as odious, but The mistress which I serve quickens what’s dead And makes my labours pleasures.
Thought is free.
Themes: Colonialism/ Slavery/Freedom
If by your art, my dearest father, you have Put the wild waters in this roar, allay them.
Themes: Knowledge as Power/ magic
Language devices: metaphor, alliteration, onomatopoeia
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