Aspects of Tragedy and Aspects of Comedy: Companions to the Edexcel Shakespeare Critical Anthologies for AS/A Level

Essential Critical Anthology Companions tailored to your chosen Shakespeare text.

It allows pupils to engage with the critical articles in more depth and explore the various Assessment Outcomes in more detail

J Hathaway, HoD and Peer Reviewer
Engaging activities throughout prompt analysis, spark debate and promote key research skills.

For each critical essay…

  • Focused summaries and in-depth studies of key quotations provide model analyses to facilitate independent study.
  • Relevant contextual notes widen students’ knowledge of AO3.
  • Further reading studies analyse linked critical essays, encouraging students to form personal and developed interpretations.

Easy to use, engaging and supportive

K Bertram, Teacher and ZigZag Customer
As well as…

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet and Othello are endorsed for the 2015 A Level Edexcel English Specification.

Endorsed for Edexcel
  • Whole-anthology study mind maps compare critics’ views.
  • Detailed exam advice ensures students know exactly what to expect.
  • Sample essay questions for crucial exam practice!


  • Full glossary
  • Suggested answers to all activities

What do teachers say about this resource? (7231)

This is a brilliant resource - it's helpful for both students and staff, particularly staff who might be new to the teaching of the anthology/Shakespeare/A Level literature. I think it is incredibly comprehensive without being too complicated in layout, format and language.

I really liked the way the general essays also have links to the suggested wider reading. Having key quotes from one of the wider reading suggestions, and then including activities that directly have students compare the primary source to the wider reading source is really helpful in broadening students' understand of critical commentary and critical thought. It helps to highlight to students that there are many different schools of thought, and that one isn't necessarily superior over the other. The inclusion of context is also really helpful as it gives students a bit more knowledge needed to solidify their understanding of the critics, particularly with reference to perhaps more obscure influences.

The glossary is incredibly helpful.

Indicative content is very detailed and I like the inclusion of links to further research.

This is a highly valuable resource. It's comprehensive and encourages students to look at each critical source individually as well as build connections across them, which I think will really help pupils full get why critical study is so crucial, particularly with regards to Shakespeare.

C Testa, Head of English at the hollyfield school & Peer Reviewer

'Great quality! Explanations are secure and detailed and useful evidence is supported throughout... The questions attached to each section are fair and context is built in well... This is one of the most valuable resources I've come across as it is specific to the board, spec, module and text. It actively encourages students to think!'

K Lindsey, Lecturer & Peer Reviewer

This is an excellent resource and has certainly helped me navigate the new AO5 element of the Edexcel A2 exam." K Jagger, English Teacher and Independent Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (7882)

Exceptionally high quality... This companion addresses students and teachers in an appropriately academic way, picking up on the style of the anthology... It provides appropriate additional information expressed in a non-patronising but very clear style, and has excellent developmental tasks for both individual and group work. Very closely related to the Edexcel anthology.

L Wilford, Teacher and Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (7225)

An excellent resource. Unlike the majority of A Level resources, this is not only matched to the requirements of the exam board but is suitable even for A/A* students. Too many A Level resources are written in a GCSE style and are only really helpful for getting to a C: this one is genuinely scholarly... For A Level, I rarely bother with paid-for resources published by educational companies - this is the first one I've found that was genuinely worth the money!

Head of English and ZigZag Customer

This was a well-structured resource that gave a good overview and break down of the critical articles in the anthology. It helpfully highlighted particular aspects and sections of each article and gave a developed response.

It was good to see that there were activities to help pupils interact with each of the critical readings, and that there was some variety in the activities that were provided. I also felt that the way in which the readings were grouped together and the mindmaps that were included at the end of the resource helpfully linked the different critical perspectives.

It allows pupils to engage with the critical articles in more depth and explore the various Assessment Outcomes in more detail. It also allows them to focus on some of the significant aspects of each critical reading which will support weaker learners who might otherwise struggle to make sense of a full critical essay.

J Hathaway, HoD and Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (7972)

The guide is really useful – I especially think the context aids students understanding... Easy to use, engaging and supportive... It’s a great addition to the classroom and supports students' understanding of the play... Great price and helpful!

K Bertram, Teacher and ZigZag Customer