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    SHIIITTT Tommorow :'( This will decide which offers I accept... Think I'll be revising all day.

    (chapter 3 Enduring Love notes to follow)
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    (Original post by OneInSolidarity)
    SHIIITTT Tommorow :'( This will decide which offers I accept... Think I'll be revising all day.

    (chapter 3 Enduring Love notes to follow)
    best way to deal with nerves? im scared...
    really need an A in this resit ..
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    OMG! i can't believe the English resit exam is tomorrow...i havent revised yet, probably gonna spend the whole day today revising. I haven't even re-read my texts only half of Enduring Love...oh gosh...EPIC FAILURE AWAITS ME!! I got an 'A' in my coursework but a 'C' in the exam and came out with a 'C' I mark away from a 'B', seriously regret putting in a resit...all this stress for what reason, one mark! ohhh well.

    Anyone doing Enduring Love, The Great Gatsby, Tennyson or Keats?????

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    (Original post by TheTinman)
    best way to deal with nerves? im scared...
    really need an A in this resit ..
    I'm finding the best way I'm dealing with my nerves is by making sure I know exactly what they want in each question. Then, even if they throw a completely random question I'll be able to make sure I at least cover all of the things they want even if it's at a basic level.

    Ai) AO2
    Aii) AO1, AO3, AO4
    B) AO1, AO2, AO3

    I read in one of the examiner reports that it's not so much what you know about all of the texts but how you apply your knowledge about aspects of narratives to the texts.

    You'll be fine :yes:
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    (Original post by icklepixie)

    I would just like to say to everyone taking the exam tomorrow, whether it be your first time, or a re-sit (like me), good luck! First timers, it's really early in your course, there is no need to panic, just take the exam as if it is just a way of proving yourself and how amazing you all are. For all you re-sitters, we know what went wrong last time (I panicked and wrote a whole lot of rubbish), and we know what to expect. Even if they throw us a stupid question that we aren't expecting, just take a deep breath and you know all about your texts so just be awesome and go for it! As long as we stick to what AQA ask, there is no way we can lose! GO TEAM ENGLISH LIT!!!!! :elefant::elefant::elefant:

    Oh, and an awesome tip from my psychology teacher, read all the questions you are going to do first. Then, while you are writing one answer you brain is psychologically mulling over the other questions and thinking what to write!!! :flower2:

    Good luck and hope this helps!!:grouphugs:
    Aw, that's so nice! Good Luck to you too
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    (Original post by Genocidal)
    Personally I would go for the green light which also flashes so you can say something about that. And combine the valley of ashes and doctor ecklesburg. Representing god looking down on a world plagued by social decay in the form of the desolate landscape of the valley of ashes.

    (Original post by dyhtps)
    I would do as genocidal said, the green light and then the VoA with Doctor Eck's :yes:



    Nerves :emo: Although am I right in thinking that even if you wrote complete babble it's hitting the AOs that count? So for different interpretations you could just make up some random **** that no one probably thinks :shifty:

    Just finished my History and Psychology revision for today (Three exams in three days :shot:) Now to work on English for the next 12 or so hours...
    Thanks guys, I think if symbolism comes up I will focus solely on the Green light as I've got a truckload of symbolism on Browning's poetry. Though apart from Mathematics I have no idea for 'The Curious Incident...'

    dythps- A past poster told me that its not necessary to state the group the interpretation stems from (e.g. feminist) but to include a different interpretation. So yeh, I'll be making up a few as well...
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    (Original post by adeola93)
    Anyone doing Enduring Love, The Great Gatsby, Tennyson or Keats?????
    I'm doing Gatsby and Keats.

    This is a stupid question, but with symbolism in Gatsby, I can talk about Dr. Eck and the VoA but I don't know how I'd be talking abou the green light. What sorta thing can I say?

    My notes from last year are rubbish as I didn't really understand what I was doing until a couple weeks before the end of the course... Real helpful when you're resitting and have very few notes!
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    (Original post by casio99)
    Thanks guys, I think if symbolism comes up I will focus solely on the Green light as I've got a truckload of symbolism on Browning's poetry. Though apart from Mathematics I have no idea for 'The Curious Incident...'

    dythps- A past poster told me that its not necessary to state the group the interpretation stems from (e.g. feminist) but to include a different interpretation. So yeh, I'll be making up a few as well...
    Chris curls up into a ball in the train station to shut out the urban world which is a stance that is symbolic to show how socially inept Chris is. Other intepretations include the fact that during this urban scene everything seems disordered which is against the very fabric of which Chris and his life is built on.
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    (Original post by Mizikei)
    I'm doing Gatsby and Keats.

    This is a stupid question, but with symbolism in Gatsby, I can talk about Dr. Eck and the VoA but I don't know how I'd be talking abou the green light. What sorta thing can I say?

    My notes from last year are rubbish as I didn't really understand what I was doing until a couple weeks before the end of the course... Real helpful when you're resitting and have very few notes!
    The green light is at the end of Daisy's pier which represents her and Gatsby reaching towards the light represents Gatsby and his hope to be with her. The fact that is flashing can be interpreted as a fading hope.

    The colour green is also repeated in various forms such as when it rains during Gatsby and Daisy's first meeting which again can be attributed to hope And "the fresh green-breast of the new world". Readers will recognise the repeating of this colour as hope throughout the book.
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    (Original post by casio99)
    Thanks guys, I think if symbolism comes up I will focus solely on the Green light as I've got a truckload of symbolism on Browning's poetry.
    What symbolism have you got for Browning?
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    Anyone got an ideas for a section B question of symbolism.

    Great Gatsby:
    Valley of Ashes
    Eyes of T.J Eckleberg
    The Green light Gatsby is reaching for

    But what about The Curious Incident? Has anyone got any ideas fro symbols used in this novel?
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    I would love for Chapter 1 or 7 to come up for Great Gatsby, preferably chapter 7 :gah:
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    (Original post by Jen_17)
    But what about The Curious Incident? Has anyone got any ideas fro symbols used in this novel?
    I can't think of anything at the moment :/ I've just emailed my teacher though, so I'll pass on anything helpful
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    (Original post by Mizikei)
    I can't think of anything at the moment :/ I've just emailed my teacher though, so I'll pass on anything helpful
    Thank you

    I was thinking about symbolism but to me these just sound like representations e.g
    LONDON - search for independance and for his mother
    DIGRESSION - in reality as humans nothing can be obtained as the truth
    ANIMALS - symbol of Christopher's passion and love for animals he can understand them better than he can humans

    What do you think? Not really symbols are they??
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    Chapter 3 notes for Enduring Love.
    I'd actually hate to get this chapter, there is little to talk about until the end. Also couldn't find any quotes to show Joe's bias narration - something I'm kind of relying on to hit the marks for form.

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    McEwan writes the whole of the chapter 3 with a slow pace. This lures the reader into a false sense of security so when the he quickly raises the tempo at the end when Jed suddenly calls it is a shock – McEwan likes to maximise the impact of his surprises by delivering them when the reader least expects it.
    “The unaltered array of my breakfast coffee cup and newspaper seemed blasphemous”
    -Religious terminology, ‘blasphemous’, stands out due to Joe’s overtly scientific nature. Thus reminds the reader of Jed, signifying his continued presence and importance in the novel.
    “But we backed away from the moment again, circling it, stalking it, until we had it cornered”
    -Makes Joe sound animalistic – portrays him as a hunter/predator. Shows his guilt over the death of John Logan as he feels he shouldn’t have let go.
    -The reader feels distanced from Joe at the thought that he had a hand in the death of the heroically presented John Logan.
    “But oh God when he fell”
    -‘God’ reminds us of Jed – making sure he is at the back of the readers mind, continuous religious references foreshadow his phone call at the end of the chapter.
    -The reader thought that Clarrissa and Joe were going to stop reliving the incident when they started getting sexual, ‘I was looking in her eyes – that beautiful loving green’, but they are brought sharply back; ‘we were back at the fall again’. Emphasises the importance of the event and foreshadows the fact that its consequences will never disappear.
    “Strange to recall that with Jed Parry we were on safer ground”
    -Ironic as throughout most of the book they have conflicting views of this issue.
    -Shows the reader how harmonious Joe and Clarrissa’s relationship is at this time.
    - As McEwan shows they both start off with the same vies of Jed the reader realises that as their individual views get further apart from each other their relationship starts to break down. This implies Jed is the reason for their falling apart.
    “She believed her medical notes were confused with another’s but this was impossible to prove”
    -Foreshadows the difficulty that Joe has in proving Jed’s capability of violence to both Clarrissa and the Police
    -Is ironic as Clarrissa does not believe that Jed exists.
    -The fact that Clarrissa cannot have children creates sympathy for her in the eyes of the reader, this means that when she stars to doubt Joe over Jed, the reader will consider her opinion.
    "What was revealed was Clarrissa’s own mourning for a phantom child”
    -Joe rationalising and analysing emotion shows his emotional short comings and emphasises the difference between him and Clarrissa – foreshadowing their separation.
    -When Joe and Clarrissa do eventually split up we see both of their shortfalls, meaning the reader has difficulty in choosing which side to take. This perhaps makes them feel the frustration that both Joe and Clarrissa share.
    “I had helped kill John Logan”
    -Shows Joe’s extreme guilt, showing the reader how fragile is mind state is at the moment thus foreboding his loss of sanity when Jed becomes involved.
    -Creates sympathy for Joe as in the eyes of the reader - we don’t see his as a murderer.
    -Humanising as it shows his emotional side despite his misunderstanding of Clarrissa’s.
    “’How do you feel’? ‘Scared’, she said, ‘really scared’”
    -Foreshadows the bad events to follow, makes the reader feel tension.
    “’I’ve seen you go completely mad’ ‘It’s just the beginning’”
    -Foreshadows the beginning of the Jed-Joe relationship and Joe’s loss of sanity due to his obsession.
    -Reader feels tense, waiting for action.
    “The light had been out for five minutes”
    -Darkness connotes the start of a bad series of events, heading into the unknown.
    -Builds apprehension and tension, the reader doesn’t know what to expect.
    “I didn’t reply. I had already recognised the voice. I feel it too. I love you.”
    -Short, sharp, sentences raises the tempo of the text, creating adrenaline in the reader. Excitement, Emphasises this scene to show its importance in the unravelling of the plot.
    -Phone call seems spontaneous, out of the blue. Its unexpected nature and the shocking content gives the reader the initial impression that Jed is insane.
    “I know I made my first serious mistake: ‘Wrong number. Go to sleep’”
    -As his first serious mistake was lying to Clarrissa, the breakdown of their relationship is implied.
    -As McEwan writes ‘first mistake’ the reader knows he makes more. Creates tension as the reader wants to find out what they are and what the disastrous consequences are.
    -Teleological progression

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    I'm resitting it tomorrow (Great Gats, Birdsong, Auden, Hardy) and I got a D on the exam first time round. I got my paper remarked and sent back to me and nothing changed, my teacher looked over my paper and saw the examiner kept writing "AOs" and "Relevance" - my teacher said what I had wrote was insightful and brilliant but did not meet the mark scheme so I got the grade I did. We were taught to avoid AOs as they "should come naturally" unfortunately this did not hold up. The other english group at school (who were taught AOs) did much better and got the As they needed (on average, one person in our group did spectacularly despite not knowing the AOs and wanting to be a dentist). So I've just been doing practice papers and sticking to the AOs for each question.

    Aa - AO2 only (Form Structure Language)
    Ab - AO1 AO3 AO4 (Writing) (Alternative Interpretation) (Context)
    B - AO1 AO2 AO3 (See Above)

    I got a B on the coursework and a C at AS but all I really want from English Lit is a B so if I can get a B on this exam (doing the most basic of AOs) then I should be fine.

    CMON B GRADE
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    Does anyone has any notes on Enduring Love? Im finding it really hard to revise for. It seems to be the least likely of the english lit exam books as there isnt much hidden symbolism or characterisation etc. And I dont get the destination of it or the point really.

    Any help would be really appreciated!
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    Just heard back from my teacher. He says he can't think of any symbolism in Curious Incident and that he thinks a question on symbolism is unlikely. Looks like if it does come up, I'll definitely be doing Curious for Sect. A.
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    (Original post by Mizikei)
    J he thinks a question on symbolism is unlikely. Looks like if it does come up, I'll definitely be doing Curious for Sect. A.
    :eek:

    I hope this wont be the case... I've spent loads of time on symbolism!
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    (Original post by amyyy24)
    :eek:

    I hope this wont be the case... I've spent loads of time on symbolism!
    :banghead:

    Awh! Don't suppose you do Curious do you?
    If it doesn't come up, I'm sure you can still use it anyways
 
 
 
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