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.

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.

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

Endorsed for Edexcel

As well as…

  • 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? (7225)

'A well-structured resource that gave a good overview and breakdown of the critical articles in the anthology. [The resource] allows pupils to engage with the critical articles in more depth and explore the various Assessment Objectives 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... It was good to see that there were activities to help pupils interact with each of the critical readings... I also felt that the way in which the readings and mind-maps were grouped together helpfully linked the different critical perspectives.' J Hathaway, Head of English and Independent Reviewer

'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!'

Customer and Independent Reviewer (Head of English)

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 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 Independent Reviewer