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    Okay I'm currently trying to write my second draft of coursework on 'A Streetcar Named Desire.' When I got it back it needed a lot of work, cos basically I need to hit the damn AO's or assessment objectives. This is what I'm crap at, I find it really hard to hit them head on. The question is;

    ‘Discuss the view that ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ is a play concerned with the conflict between the values of the old world and the new and that this conflict is central to the perceived tragedy of Blanche DuBois?’

    I've started talking a bit about context, american dream, old south vs new south blah blah blah. (AO4) But I need to talk about specific language, form, structure, interpretation, and I don't know how to link them all Please help
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    The best advice I can give you is to just write your coursework, don't focus too much on the AOs, otherwise it'll have the opposite effect and it won't be coherent. The linking etc should just happen kind of naturally. If you haven't hit all the AOs when you're done just casually slip in some stuff about language or whatever it is you're missing. As long as you have a good argument and it's coherent you should be ok... with that said i'm currently failing miserably at my own coursework so yeah...
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    I particularly don't like the "perceptive" part of the AOs. I have difficulty knowing how to be perceptive.
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    Ahhh 'Streetcar' coursework, good times. Basically, just use quotations (language), talk about the different scenes and how stuff changes (structure), just generally write towards the title and you will fulfil most of the AOs automatically. Don't force it, just write normally and it you will hit them without knowing it.

    That said, your title isn't exactly inspiring, which may be why you're struggling.
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    What are the AO's? Is it, linking texts, context, structure, form and language? If this is the case, then make sure you focus primarily on links between the texts, structure and language. Context should only be used when talking about how it affected the texts. Make sure you make a point, give an example from the text and explain what you mean. Then, link this in by using a command line such as 'Similarly, this technique/concept/use of language can be seen in.......'. Even though your essay may not be 'original', it will please examiners. (Damn lack of creativity in English courses)
 
 
 
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