English Literature LitB1 examWatch
I'll share with you what I know anyway and I hope you find this somewhat useful.. Let's say the question is asking the significance of how the 3 writers you've studied have used setting.. It's basically asking how setting is used to add meaning to the narratives..
Don't approach the question by comparing how each writer uses the narrative device but instead write 3 mini essays of how they did it. You don't have to write equal amounts for each writer but that doesn't mean you should write 3 paragraphs for 2 of the texts and 1 for the 3rd..
For example in chapter 1 of the kite runner Hosseini opens the narrative in 1975 Afghanistan and then shortly shifts to 2001 San Francisco. Setting is used here to highlight the distinct difference in Amir's life and it reinforces the idea that because he is looking back on a particular moment that happened in 1975 Afghanistan, it was the pivot moment of Amir's life that changed everything.
It's something like that.. I haven't mastered it but I've gotten pretty okay grades so far.. I suggest you pick out key events from each of your texts and keep them in mind.. Look at past papers and see if you can kind of do the same thing.. My teacher has predicted for the significance of contrasts, antagonists, beginnings or openings to come up but it could possibly be different things..
I was given an exemplar essay done by a past candidate but it was based on different texts.. If you want I can try scan that and post it here ASAP if you want a clearer idea of how to approach the question? Hope this helps and good luck!!
Usually all of the Section B questions are concerned with writing about the 'significance' of a certain narrative aspect, which could be anything ranging from narrators, protagonists, structure, climaxes, time, settings, names, conflict, endings, speech, descriptions etc.
And by 'significance', its usually referring to the 'importance' of the chosen narrative element. For instance, it could asking you about how important conflict is for the narrative and would prompt you to address the following:
-What affect does it have on the reader?
-How does it affect the story and its characters?
-Why does the author/poet include it?
-How is it told in relation to the narrative's genre?
My teacher is marking this paper for a different centre to mine this year! She has just had her examiner training and sent my whole class this document of what she got out of it, particularly tips and advice on what we should do in the exam and what is expected of us in our responses. I'm sorry but I'm not entirely comfortable about posting the whole thing here but if you do want to see what the examiners have said please ask me through PM and I will share it with you xx
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