I spent most of it arguing about his loneliness, eternally trapped within his thoughts - hence the flowing stanzas (symbolising uncomfortable breaks in conversation/emptiness in life) and diminishing length of verse - yada yada. Then decided it was self imposed, to an extent. Lost faith in human relations after the engagement failed, and preferred isolated existence to possible hurt caused by other "girls" (became inconsequential - a distraction in the background like grasshopper). The relationship was not that of "uncle"/niece - impersonal & uncomfortable (hence breaks, short language). No wonder she put him in a home! Last line expresses inevitability of his worsening situation, and further relapse into loneliness.
I did the prose, I thought it was a super-nice extract. Tempest question was horrible though. I did b...it was the least coherent essay I've ever written. It actually reads like it was written by someone who had never read either of the plays and was still in the early stages of learning to speak English. Oh well, ying and yang...
I did the poetry. Didn't get to write as much as I'd have liked but I think I got most of my main points in.
Tempest/Trans was abit of a nightmare..but I think I did OK. I really thought I'd nail English but these two exams really caught me offguard.
The rest of my English class only discovered ten minutes before the exam that it was "closed book". Admittedly, I only worked it out when I look at this thread the other day. Our English teacher said on several occasions we were allowed our texts in the exam so why would we doubt the woman who was teaching us? I was obviously prepared because I'd worried I was the only one who was misinformed...I feel bad that I wasn't able to warn the others.
i did question b) - i didn't really understand it either but i kind of moulded it so my ideas fit with the question.
in relation to the language & power, i did one paragraph saying how language in abused by characters eg. Prospero who manipulates, Caliban who uses it to curse, the English in Translations who abuse the actual process of Translation, and use language to demean others eg. when Lancey uses monosyllabic language to address the Irish in Act 1. all these points linked with the question and i stated how the above are NOT for the influence of good, basically agreeing with the question.
then i wrote a paragraph on how language CAN actually be for the influence of good - for example, in relationships between Yolland & Maire, and Miranda & Ferdinand - based on equality, love is emphasized through the use of litanies, repitition etc - therefore, language CAN be for the influence of good.
then i did another paragraph saying how some characters in both plays believe that violence will lead to the influence of good..eg Donnelly twins, Doalty, Lancey's threats & also Prospero's use of magic but actually these don't lead to the influence of good, but infact promote brutality.
my final paragraph was on submission & reconcilement & how this also allows for the influence of good.
Hey all, I thought the criticism and comparison exam was fine.
I did the prose for the first section, which i thought was an incredibly kind passage, i just wrote about weather and description and language etc etc...
For the Tempest/Translations i did question 6b - about language being a possible influence for good. My main argument was about how language has the power to do good, but it depends how it is used - i.e Ariel uses it for mischief and creating anarchy, Owen uses it for material gain and mistranslates. Caliban and Manus both blindly dismiss English as a language.
Another point i brought in was how Friel and Shakespeare combined show us how language can be a force for good in that it allows love to blossom. I blabbered on about how Ferdinand and Miranda are able to express their love for each other immediately and thus their relationship soars, while Yolland and Maire fail to establish a relationship because of a lack of common language between them.
I'm feeling pretty confident overall, i think the points i raised were relevant (at least I hope they were!!!) Anyone have any comments to make about what i wrote about in my essay? Just to get someone else's viewpoint.
^^ Oh f*** you! lol.
Just make me feel bad why don't ya? lol
Why is it AFTER the exam I get a few relatively good ideas?!
I dont know why I torture myself by looking at these threads! I have to get 3 As for York next year and, although I managed to do that last year, they were pretty low As so I'm really not that optimistic about my chances - I found all my exams really tough urgh. yuck. Anyway I have finished my A levels now and am gonna stop looking here to torture myself and go have fun!!!