Now I know there is already a thread for this, but what I did on this exam is truly so embarrassing and so comical, that I am pretty sure no one wants to know what I wrote. I have simply started this thread because I need to know how royally I have messed up.
So what did I write?
Well firstly, I answered the question on spider for The Woman In Black and I honestly don't regret that. However what I wrote was so ridiculous, I am pretty sure I will have the examiner laughing. So I began the essay by talking about how spider is a symbol of truth and reliability, however, instead of backing this up with a solid quote, I wrote that his "bright eyes" were similar to those of Mr Jerome, who I found to be a reliable and therefore this could mean that spider is a reliable source of information. Then after that travesty of an explanation, I continued by saying that Spider's growls mimic the readers heartbeat thus creating tension, because as the growls increase, the reader becomes more on edge and therefore their heartbeat increases with the growl of the dog. Finally, the worst thing I wrote was probably this, I said that when Spider gets trapped, this builds tension as he is a symbol of hope (contradicting my other point I made at the start) and because he is the symbol of hope, when he gets trapped, this causes tension because it's as if the hope is about to die, and then I used the verbs as evidence, and for some god knows reason, I used the words "fighting" and "floundering" and to explain the impact of these words I wrote about.. an "f" sound, I said that the repetition of the "f" sound was harsh and therefore caused the reader to panic, thus creating tension.
And the of mice and men was even worse than that.
SO.. How badly have I messed up?
AQA English Literature Exam, The woman in black and Of mice and men
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