Looking forward to this exam more than my others, quite enjoying Frankenstein and Macbeth!
Hey has anyone got any advice on moving an A grade essay to an A* grade?
No, I didn't do that, I just never knew how I could push myself to get the A*. Thanks
Hey I sat this exam in January and got full marks, I think the key to it is absolutely nailing the AOs, it sounds really simplistic but I don't think that this spec allows room for creativity or originality unless the AOs are really clearly signposted.
What I found worked for me was really engaging with the terms of the question, in my intro to both questions I defined the terms set out in the question, and then I integrated the terms in the question into the beginning and ending of every single paragraph I wrote so that all of my points were consistently relevant.
And as Unsworth said, really go to town on evaluation! I tried to link AO2, AO3 and AO4 together, by using contextual evidence in order to evaluate my arguments; I would make a point about language structure and form - suggest how this could be interpreted with regards to the terms set out in the question - and then evaluated them using contextual evidence.
I think students need to go about this paper really methodically, almost mathematically! I also found reading the examiners reports for each session absolutely crucial!
What are the main things we need to learn ? Is it just the knowledge on the books and essay writing?
Shelley’s use of language contributes to the evocation of sympathy for the creature. point of paragraph clear from beginningThe archaic and biblical tone used by the creature, indicated by words such as ‘thy’ and ‘doth’evidence liken the form of the novel to that of a prophecylinking language and form together; the creature is presented as a figure of Biblical significance which affirms his self proclaimed role of ‘the fallen angel’. This interpretation suggests that the creature is indeed more sinned against than sinning because the reason for which he is ‘the fallen angel’ is a result of Victor’s negligence and the allusion to Milton’s Paradise Lost likens the creature to Adam, like Adam, the monster was created perfectly and loved those around himevaluating interpretation by comparison to other gothic text. He was not born evil or with the intent to do harm and violence to others, but throughout the novel his emotions overwhelmed his mind, and he committed heinous acts against otherspoint developed. Furthermore, the use of antitheses and oxymoron’s demonstrate the extent of the creature’s sentient mind, the fact that he is ‘thy creature’ and ‘ought to be thy Adam; but I am rather the fallen angel’ confirmssignalling strength of argument this idea as the use of the semicolon contrasts the two opposing analogiesusing language as evidence – whereas the ‘Adam’ to which he refers symbolises the good, the ‘fallen angel’ is a metaphor for the sin which he has committedalternative interpretation. This idea is repeated, for he was ‘benevolent and good; misery made me a fiend’ again the use of the semi colon separates the two juxtaposing ideas which emphasise the creature’s ability to reason morallyfurther examples of my argument. As a moral being it’s difficult to believefinal sentence links back to argument set out at the beginning Frankenstein’s presentation and neglect of his creature, through his references to him as a ‘fiend’ ‘devil’ and ‘abomination’ – words which evoke the inherent evil that Frankenstein accuses his creature of.