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    official thread for OMAM and AIC talk about revision for them what you think will come up how ur revision techniques/ideas etc anything linked to this exam
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    (Original post by youreanutter)
    official thread for OMAM and AIC talk about revision for them what you think will come up how ur revision techniques/ideas etc anything linked to this exam

    I'm not doing OMAM (TKAM instead), but for AIC my teacher says remember things like Capitalism/socialism, Priestley's socialist ideas, expectations of a family like the Birlings, role of women in 1912 (Mrs Birling's higher class than her husband- "social superior" but in spite of that she's submissive to him), rich/poor divide, society reformation (Eric got Eva pregnant, in 1912 you had to be married PLUS she was working class) ie Sheila and Eric are the new generation, they'd be the audience in 1945

    Also pretty likely to come up in my mock on Monday are the role of different characters (inspector conveys Priestleys socialist ideas, sheila at first to represent women of 1912, then towards the end her role changes to show that the new generation can change for the better- she was the first to accept responsibility for Eva's suicide)

    A way to structure your essay could be:
    [Point].... a quote from the stage directions to support this is "...." [analyse] The effect of this is.... [link to question]
    A quote from the speech that also supports this is "....." [analyse] this is effective because..... [link to question]
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    (Original post by youreanutter)
    official thread for OMAM and AIC talk about revision for them what you think will come up how ur revision techniques/ideas etc anything linked to this exam
    When are our actual exams? Have you been told yet? If so in what order are they in? Please include English Language as well if you know it. It's my weakest point.
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    (Original post by AnimeFreak101)
    When are our actual exams? Have you been told yet? If so in what order are they in? Please include English Language as well if you know it. It's my weakest point.
    Here you go:

    English Language:

    Unit One- 2hr15- 60%- 02/06/15- AM- Tuesday

    English Literature:

    Unit One (Exploring Modern Texts: OMAM and AIC) - 1hr30- 40%- 18/05/15- AM- Monday
    Unit Two (Poetry Across Time) - 1hr15- 35%- 22/05/15- AM- Friday

    http://store.aqa.org.uk/admin/t_tabl...GCSE-JUN15.PDF
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    how does steinbeck use george and lennie's relationship to convey ideas about america in the 1930s? can someone help me with this question please i have the test on monday and want to get a really high grade.
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    (Original post by ElGenioEstúpido)
    Here you go:

    English Language:

    Unit One- 2hr15- 60%- 02/06/15- AM- Tuesday

    English Literature:

    Unit One (Exploring Modern Texts: OMAM and AIC) - 1hr30- 40%- 18/05/15- AM- Monday
    Unit Two (Poetry Across Time) - 1hr15- 35%- 22/05/15- AM- Friday

    http://store.aqa.org.uk/admin/t_tabl...GCSE-JUN15.PDF
    Thanks buddy! But OMG I nearly had a panic attack, that's soo soon DX
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    I do AQA higher yet don't do either OMAM or AIC. I do Journey's End for the exam, I did both of them for coursework.

    Unless I'm doing an IGCSE (I am for language, but didn't think I was for Lit).

    Confused.
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    Also if they have a York Notes book for OMAM and AIC BUY IT! I can't express how valuable it is for Journey's End revision.
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    Hello could somebody please give me a rough grade for this and possible improvements, THANK YOU!!!

    Q) Arthur Birling says “If you don’t come down hard on these people they’ll soon be asking for the earth” How do Priestley show that Arthur Birling is conceited and selfish in An Inspector Calls?
    Priestley’s intention of creating Arthur Birling is for the audience to despise him, which we do. Arthur Birling is created to be hated and with this he is a clear representative of a middle class citizen, he never changes and is stubborn and obnoxious. Mr Birling is of a high social status and puts lower class citizens such as Eva Smith down, as he is used to being in control because he owns a major factory, which brings in high income. He is also noveau riche.
    It could be said that the class system has destroyed and corrupted the character of Arthur Birling. Evidence supporting this is that the audience knows Arthur has acquired his success by being a ‘hard-headed practical man of business’, he is self-mad unlike the other higher class characters in the play as they have been born into a family with money and high class. So this interprets that Arthur Birling was once like Eva Smith and Edna or at least similar implying that he was once also treated with disregard and was ignored. This then would suggest how vile and inhumane Mr Birling is as a character as even though he is aware of the pain and agony of being a working class citizen he still treats Eva Smith in such a vile and rude manor. Alternatively this could also show that the class system has made him this way as it could be implied that Arthur Birling has had to act to get to where he is and to become accepted by society, which would explain how he would have to ‘hold his tongue’. Evidence of this theory is that when he finishes his meal he says ‘good dinner, Edna’ however he is then put in line by Sybil as she tells him ‘Arthur, you’re not supposed to say such things’. Arthur Birling could also have tried to forget his past as it may have been so traumatising which we as the audience know that the living conditions of working class citizens is traumatising due to the death of Eva Smith. Extending upon this, yet another possibility could be that Mr Birling was actually happy about Eva Smith’s death because he knows how hard the working class life is and was happy that it had all ended for her. Here Priestley has demonstrated that some discrimination could have potential hidden meanings that the person denies throughout their life but instead takes out their anguish on others.
    The character Mr Birling uses oxymorons such as ‘friendly rivals’, ‘little war’ and ‘celebrating quietly’ to build a wall between the classes. This is because oxymorons are words that are totally different, the contrast of one and other, and Arthur uses these to demonstrate the contrasting life style between him and the people lower than hi. The word ‘celebrating;’ shows that Mr Birling is a care free person who has little worries due to his social status and supposed superiority. This foreshadows that further on in the play, once they find out about Eva’s death he still does celebrate as he is a continuous character who doesn’t change throughout the play. The continuous use of these oxymorons may alternatively be Priestley’s way of representing the Birlings’ thoughts of them being higher up in the hierarchy than others however in reality they are just the same as the words are close together, just like the similarities between people in different classes. This also shows that Mr Birling thinks he is superior compared to everyone else.
    Arthur Birling’s marriage is a fraud, and is unreal as him and Sybil Birling are in fact very far apart even though they are both mutually sickening and vile. Evidence supporting this is that in the stage directions, Priestley describes the setting as a table in the dining room with ‘Arthur Birling at one end, his wife at the other’. This is a metaphor for how close they are as in this setting Arthur and Sybil as far apart. This could suggest that Sybil is far apart from him in a social respect, as she is higher up in the hierarchy than him because she was born into the class, whereas Arthur has had to work his way up which in my opinion should mean that Arthur should be more respected. This shows how disorientated the class system is. Alternatively the distance between them could also give evidence that they are nothing alike and Arthur has married Sybil Birling to gain more social respect as without her he wouldn’t be nothing. This would then support my previous point of Arthur having to fight and risk everything to get where he is today as he has come from the lower class and is now in a much better position. The potential fact that Arthur needs Sybil is ironic as in the time of 1912 women were treated at a lower respect than men and women were the sex that needed men for money, support and food. This point tells me that Arthur Birling could be being untrue to himself for social superiority, which reflects how desperate he must’ve been to marry someone he doesn’t necessarily adore. This point may also tell us that although the pair of Arthur and Sybil are very different, they are very alike in their attitudes which tells the audience that Arthur has adapted, changed and could be possibly mimicking Sybil Birling.
    In evaluation I can interpret that the character of Mr Birling is created to be hated and his actions are of high dislike by the audience. Although it is possible that Mr Birling has tried to initially fit in with a higher class he has eventually become one of them, with no feelings of pity, sadness or sympathy. He has adapted into an emotionless robot and has successfully now become one of the people who used to put him down, which shows how bad the working class must’ve been for him to commit his actions…
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    I'm doing Of Mice and Men and Unseen Poetry on Monday 18th May and i would like some help :

    1. Could someone suggest a way to learn quotes because we are not able to take anything in with us to the exam ?
    2. How much should i write using the PEEL chain method ?

    Thankyou if anyone helps.
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    How much should I write for each essay? In doing aic and omam btw I know it's not quantity its quality but I want to make sure I'm writing enough


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