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OCR A2 English Literature exam 2013 - comparative question? Watch

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    People taking this exam in June - how would you go about answering the comparative question? I'm currently doing a practice question on the theme of pride (SO hard) and I'm really struggling to come up with a way to set out the essay. Does PEEL still apply, or is there a different way to organize paragraphs? Basically - how on earth do you tackle this type of question?

    We've been set this practice question without being taught how to do this type of essay, which is pretty annoying. We also seem to have the worse combination of texts too, The Wife of Bath's Tale and Volpone. So yeah, any help on how to do questions like this would be much appreciated

    Hello, I may be able to help. My teacher introduced us to the three point format in which there are six main body paragraphs. In your introduction you should introduce your concept, I normally do this through a question and then I go answering it with relevant information. My first paragraph I introduce my topic sentence and I go on to link them to the relevant section/characters in Volpone(I also thought that Volpone would be a pain to compare, but my teacher directed us to concentrate on Volpone, Mosca, Corvino and Celia). I would then carry on the same point with Poetry(in my case it's William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience). I would then introduce my next point in my third paragraph with Volpone and compare it with Blake. My last two paragraphs would be my last point and how it applies to Volpone(fifth paragraph) and then how it compares to Blake(sixth paragraph). To summarise intro: concept, 1st para & 2nd para; first point, 3rd para & 4th para; second point, 5th para & 6th para; third point. Make sure you are always analysing your texts and that you have a clear line of thought. I hope this helps. M.G.
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