Advice for A-level English Literature - Wuthering Heights Watch

Danyarl
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Hi there,

I'm currently taking my AS-levels in my first year of Sixth Form. For English Literature, we're studying Wuthering Heights and The Colour Purple. However, the approach I've been taking with Wuthering Heights hasn't been working at all. I've been going through chapter-by-chapter highlighting quotes and trying to interpret them. However, this takes a huge amount of time and I remember very few of them regardless. We do the same thing in class but the teaching isn't of a very high standard and our teacher is incredibly stubborn with her views, leaving very little scope for the opinions of others, and (conveniently) I don't agree with her interpretations so I get very little from the lessons anyway.

I feel like I've wasted a huge amount of time as I still struggle with forming strong opinions on the text or remembering where particular quotes and events occur. Any advice on what I should spend my time doing in order to achieve a high grade without spending hours of my time unproductively?

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To do well with Wuthering Heights, you need to know the key parts of the novel and how they shape the meaning of the text, progress the story etc.

Write about the way in which narrative devices are used, eg the switching of narrators, therefore the switching of perspective and how it is effective.

Also try and incorporate a sound understanding of context.
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Hi there,

I'm currently taking my AS-levels in my first year of Sixth Form. For English Literature, we're studying Wuthering Heights and The Colour Purple. However, the approach I've been taking with Wuthering Heights hasn't been working at all. I've been going through chapter-by-chapter highlighting quotes and trying to interpret them. However, this takes a huge amount of time and I remember very few of them regardless. We do the same thing in class but the teaching isn't of a very high standard and our teacher is incredibly stubborn with her views, leaving very little scope for the opinions of others, and (conveniently) I don't agree with her interpretations so I get very little from the lessons anyway.

I feel like I've wasted a huge amount of time as I still struggle with forming strong opinions on the text or remembering where particular quotes and events occur. Any advice on what I should spend my time doing in order to achieve a high grade without spending hours of my time unproductively?

Thanks!
Are you preparing for an exam or are you writing an essay for coursework? One means you'll need a much broader understanding of the book whereas the other means you can 'specialise' and concentrate on an area of the text you've centered your essay title around.

As with remembering where events occur, how many times have you read the book? Reading it several times can often be good with helping you to make sure you know the basics of the book inside and out.

And yeah, context is incredibly important for Wuthering Heights - and I'm not just talking about the historical crap, details of Emily Bronte's life can be vital to a sound understanding of the book. I'm writing a coursework essay on the book at the moment and I'd recommend this site: http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/en...charlotte.html
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Hi there,

I'm currently taking my AS-levels in my first year of Sixth Form. For English Literature, we're studying Wuthering Heights and The Colour Purple. However, the approach I've been taking with Wuthering Heights hasn't been working at all. I've been going through chapter-by-chapter highlighting quotes and trying to interpret them. However, this takes a huge amount of time and I remember very few of them regardless. We do the same thing in class but the teaching isn't of a very high standard and our teacher is incredibly stubborn with her views, leaving very little scope for the opinions of others, and (conveniently) I don't agree with her interpretations so I get very little from the lessons anyway.

I feel like I've wasted a huge amount of time as I still struggle with forming strong opinions on the text or remembering where particular quotes and events occur. Any advice on what I should spend my time doing in order to achieve a high grade without spending hours of my time unproductively?

Thanks!
Aren't you given a blank copy of the novel in the exam? Don't bother to memorise the quotations. All you need to know is where exactly they are in the book, which - as I've learnt from experience - can be almost as difficult as memorising the quotations themselves.

As Silly Goose has pointed out, it's more important to have a broader understanding of the novel rather than focusing on minute details. Familiarise yourself with the themes and various readings (feminist, marxist, psychoanalytical...). I find York Notes a very good starting point, and you might be able to find some critical essays on the web on in the library.

And if you're feeling stressed out, watching Kate Bush's music video of Wuthering Heights wouldn't hurt...
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Hi there,

I'm currently taking my AS-levels in my first year of Sixth Form. For English Literature, we're studying Wuthering Heights and The Colour Purple. However, the approach I've been taking with Wuthering Heights hasn't been working at all. I've been going through chapter-by-chapter highlighting quotes and trying to interpret them. However, this takes a huge amount of time and I remember very few of them regardless. We do the same thing in class but the teaching isn't of a very high standard and our teacher is incredibly stubborn with her views, leaving very little scope for the opinions of others, and (conveniently) I don't agree with her interpretations so I get very little from the lessons anyway.

I feel like I've wasted a huge amount of time as I still struggle with forming strong opinions on the text or remembering where particular quotes and events occur. Any advice on what I should spend my time doing in order to achieve a high grade without spending hours of my time unproductively?
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try and memorize all hte quotes u can.
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