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AQA A Lang & Lit: Return of the Native Speech and its Representation

Comprehensive commentaries interspersed with mind map worksheets, discussion points and activities, which analyse and lead student exploration through Thomas Hardy’s Return of the Native, specifically its speech and its representation.

Written specifically to support A Level English Language and Literature AQA A and includes mind maps and other useful tools to make the analysis and understanding of this lengthy and complicated text easier and simpler.


  1. Social and historical context
  2. The entire plot
  3. Themes and ideas
  4. Characters and their relationships
  5. Detailed analysis of key scenes from the text
  6. Stylistic choices
  7. Exam guidance and practice questions

The analyses and activities encourage students to use integrated linguistic and literary approaches in their reading and interpretation of this text, specifically in reference to its speech as well as stylistic and thematic issues.

The resource is comprehensive and balanced with ample amount of exercises, mind maps, background information etc. all of which provide a thoroughgoing theoretical foundation to assist the learner. I would use it as source material or even within the classroom directly straight from the resource. C Mannasseh, English Teacher & Independent Reviewer