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    I'm doing North and South (Gaskell) and Hard Times (Dickens). I'm so stuck as to how to do last-minute revision - any tips please, for helping to answer questions?!
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    I know what you mean, I'm doing the Tempest and Translations for compasrison with edexcel. Basically what I'm doing is consolodating my thoughts cos there's not enough time to learn it all! Im making a chart and taking issues such as 'isolation' and writing brief notes on how and when they occur in each book. The i guess just look at some past questions and come up with a few ideas, I wouldnt think its worth actually writing the essay at this stage.
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    Dickens - journalistic style [Gaskell lived in North]
    Gaskell - psychological insight
    both = omniscient narrators, Gaskell's social commentary more subtle than Dickens.
    use of dialect, Higgins/Blackpool
    Fairytale imagery, humour, rhetoric, image industry

    Role women differences between books: HT = mainly male protagonists
    NS a female protagonist=Margaret, unfeminine and dominant

    Louisa's world of fact vs imagination
    Marriage - "a manufacturing aspect"=Bounderby+Louisa
    N+S marriage for love or status- Mrs Hale vs Aunt Shaw

    Margaret's learning through experience vs Louisa's inability to do so

    Religion : lack of it in HT, labouring ppl dont go church.
    Hale's Christian outlook, Margaret's 'practical christianity', Gaskell = Unitarian

    Structure/Form - Cyclical structure- London/Helstone/Milton/Helstone/London/Milton {NS} [1825 rail= new transport]

    Biblical structure HT - "sowing, reaping, Garnering"

    Both serialised in Household Words [1854-5]- Gaskell didnt like this writing method.

    NS = contrasts > THornton/Margt
    Men/Masters
    North/South
    conflict/reconciliation
    hale/higgins
    bessy/margaret

    try to continually compare and contrast throughout the essay, not in separate paragraphs or in the conclusion.

    Good luck, any other questions don't hesitate, thats good for me to get stuff stuck in my head!
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    thank you very much . remind me to give you rep later, apparently I've "given too much" out in the last 24 hours.

    good luck for the exam!
 
 
 
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