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    Hello Studentroomers,

    Currently I need help with 2 books, an old text called Of Mice and Men and a new text called Heroes, by Robert Cormier.

    On OMAN I need help with structuring answers related to charactors and themes, and linking it to context since A04 has been 'strengthened.' Another help is when they give you a statement from the book and ask you to write an essay about it. Finally how do you memorise and analyse quotes perfectly to achieve an A*?

    On Heroes, I need help a lot, this text is one I am struggling with. In this text, the context is not assessed. But the critical response to texts, Language structure and form and Making comparisons and links is assessed. So please can I have tips on this. I am currently working at a Mid to high A on Heroes. I need tips on how to analyse language to an extent which is highly analytical and speculative, how do I get tons of info from a few quotes, how do I write a "lot about a little?".

    Thank you.


    I believe everyone one of your tips will assist me in my goal to get an A*

    I am almost at an A* on OMAN.
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    I'm doing Of Mice and Men as well.

    Assuming you're doing the AQA exam, you'll have 45 minutes for each essay on each of the two texts. This is quite a short amount of time, especially when it comes to producing the insightful analysis you need for an A*, so the the best thing you can do is to prepare a variety of different points that will be relevant regardless of what question comes up:

    - For example, in Of Mice and Men, nominative determinism (the naming of the characters is relevant to their roles in the story) plays a huge role. You can discuss this with virtually all essay questions.

    - Memorise the locations of two or three quotes for characters. You don't want to pick obvious, literal quotes, you want to use sentences with a particularly powerful choice of vocabulary or hidden meaning. Of Mice and Men is a microcosm for wider American society, so look at how small details in the book reflect that.

    - To relate Of Mice and Men to the context, you need to think about the text's purpose. Steinbeck was a left-wing socialist who disliked American capitalism, his novella is all about challenging the idea that you can 'work hard and get rich'. Steinbeck wants the reader to know that poor workers are destined for suffering and can't escape it.

    - Link the book's structure to its purpose. The plot is cyclical (it starts and ends with a scene by the water), which could be Steinbeck's comment on American capitalism - workers start and end the same, never escaping the impoverishment they're born into.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by JamesGibson)
    I'm doing Of Mice and Men as well.

    Assuming you're doing the AQA exam, you'll have 45 minutes for each essay on each of the two texts. This is quite a short amount of time, especially when it comes to producing the insightful analysis you need for an A*, so the the best thing you can do is to prepare a variety of different points that will be relevant regardless of what question comes up:

    - For example, in Of Mice and Men, nominative determinism (the naming of the characters is relevant to their roles in the story) plays a huge role. You can discuss this with virtually all essay questions.

    - Memorise the locations of two or three quotes for characters. You don't want to pick obvious, literal quotes, you want to make sentences with a particularly powerful choice of vocabulary or hidden meaning. Of Mice and Men is a microcosm for wider American society, so look at how small details in the play reflect that.

    - To relate Of Mice and Men to the context, you need to think about the text's purpose. Steinbeck was a left-wing socialist who disliked American capitalism, his novella is all about challenging the idea that you can 'work hard and get rich'. Steinbeck wants the reader to know that poor workers are destined for suffering and can't escape it.

    - Link the book's structure to its purpose. The plot is cyclical (it starts and ends with a scene by the water), which could be Steinbeck's comment on American capitalism - workers start and end the same, never escaping the impoverishment they're born into.

    Good luck!
    Thank you! This was extremely useful!
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    (Original post by JamesGibson)
    I'm doing Of Mice and Men as well.

    Assuming you're doing the AQA exam, you'll have 45 minutes for each essay on each of the two texts. This is quite a short amount of time, especially when it comes to producing the insightful analysis you need for an A*, so the the best thing you can do is to prepare a variety of different points that will be relevant regardless of what question comes up:

    - For example, in Of Mice and Men, nominative determinism (the naming of the characters is relevant to their roles in the story) plays a huge role. You can discuss this with virtually all essay questions.

    - Memorise the locations of two or three quotes for characters. You don't want to pick obvious, literal quotes, you want to use sentences with a particularly powerful choice of vocabulary or hidden meaning. Of Mice and Men is a microcosm for wider American society, so look at how small details in the book reflect that.

    - To relate Of Mice and Men to the context, you need to think about the text's purpose. Steinbeck was a left-wing socialist who disliked American capitalism, his novella is all about challenging the idea that you can 'work hard and get rich'. Steinbeck wants the reader to know that poor workers are destined for suffering and can't escape it.

    - Link the book's structure to its purpose. The plot is cyclical (it starts and ends with a scene by the water), which could be Steinbeck's comment on American capitalism - workers start and end the same, never escaping the impoverishment they're born into.

    Good luck!
    that was v helpful thank you for taking the time to write this.
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    (Original post by MezmorisedPotato)
    Hello Studentroomers,

    Currently I need help with 2 books, an old text called Of Mice and Men and a new text called Heroes, by Robert Cormier.

    On OMAN I need help with structuring answers related to charactors and themes, and linking it to context since A04 has been 'strengthened.' Another help is when they give you a statement from the book and ask you to write an essay about it. Finally how do you memorise and analyse quotes perfectly to achieve an A*?

    On Heroes, I need help a lot, this text is one I am struggling with. In this text, the context is not assessed. But the critical response to texts, Language structure and form and Making comparisons and links is assessed. So please can I have tips on this. I am currently working at a Mid to high A on Heroes. I need tips on how to analyse language to an extent which is highly analytical and speculative, how do I get tons of info from a few quotes, how do I write a "lot about a little?".

    Thank you.


    I believe everyone one of your tips will assist me in my goal to get an A*

    I am almost at an A* on OMAN.
    Which exam board are you doing? I am doing the WJEC board for English Literature and am studying Of Mice and Men, An Inspector calls and Heroes. I find the york notes books really helpful as they analyse specific themes, language and structural devices whilst giving examples of quotes and links to the context.

    For Heroes by Robert Cormier there are several key themes to think about; loss (of innocence, identity and limbs), Appearance vs Reality, Confronting evil, Forgiveness, Love, Heroism, Anti-Heroes, Religion etc...
    When thinking about these themes make note of characters which display them and key quotes. For example for loss, you could demonstrate how Francis looses innocence when Nicole is attacked, and through the war- "We had discovered in one moment on a Sunday afternoon that the world was not a safe place any more". Francis also looses his identity which is symbolised through the disfigurement of his face. In chapter 10 he states "I don't see me any more but a stranger slowly taking shape".

    Cormier uses various types of language such as metaphors, similes, Juxtaposition, Irony, Pathetic fallacy, symbolism, religious language and descriptive language. Irony is a key language feature which can be found in most chapters so you might want to mention that. Irony is used to show multiple interpretations of events and people. Using nature or weather to emphasise Francis' emotions is called Pathetic fallacy and is used in chapters 6- "rain falls almost everyday" and chapter 12- "a heat wave gripped French town". Religious language is used due to Francis' upbringing in the catholic faith. He compares Nicole to St Theresa to symbolise her purity. Contrast this to the "white blouse torn" in chapter 11. Moreover, descriptive language is used throughout the novel, especially in chapter 1 where we find out about Francis' injuries. He describes his face in meticulous and gruesome detail, implying how the war has changed him not only physically but emotionally- making him callous and almost detached from his pain.

    The main structural device to comment upon is the use of flashbacks. These reveal why Francis wants to kill Larry, slowly building anticipation. As the story goes past to present, we build a 'fuller picture' of the main protagonists; Larry, Nicole and Francis.

    When discussing themes, character or even quotes, try to link to the book as a whole. So, how does Francis link to the idea of Heroism and what happens to soldiers after the war; Are they left with a bright future (the GI bill) or are they left helpless and broken. Not able to cope with post-war America (think Arthur and his drinking or Francis who clings onto his love for Nicole).

    Hope that helps- sorry for not being very concise.
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    (Original post by alisonstar22554)
    Which exam board are you doing? I am doing the WJEC board for English Literature and am studying Of Mice and Men, An Inspector calls and Heroes. I find the york notes books really helpful as they analyse specific themes, language and structural devices whilst giving examples of quotes and links to the context.

    For Heroes by Robert Cormier there are several key themes to think about; loss (of innocence, identity and limbs), Appearance vs Reality, Confronting evil, Forgiveness, Love, Heroism, Anti-Heroes, Religion etc...
    When thinking about these themes make note of characters which display them and key quotes. For example for loss, you could demonstrate how Francis looses innocence when Nicole is attacked, and through the war- "We had discovered in one moment on a Sunday afternoon that the world was not a safe place any more". Francis also looses his identity which is symbolised through the disfigurement of his face. In chapter 10 he states "I don't see me any more but a stranger slowly taking shape".

    Cormier uses various types of language such as metaphors, similes, Juxtaposition, Irony, Pathetic fallacy, symbolism, religious language and descriptive language. Irony is a key language feature which can be found in most chapters so you might want to mention that. Irony is used to show multiple interpretations of events and people. Using nature or weather to emphasise Francis' emotions is called Pathetic fallacy and is used in chapters 6- "rain falls almost everyday" and chapter 12- "a heat wave gripped French town". Religious language is used due to Francis' upbringing in the catholic faith. He compares Nicole to St Theresa to symbolise her purity. Contrast this to the "white blouse torn" in chapter 11. Moreover, descriptive language is used throughout the novel, especially in chapter 1 where we find out about Francis' injuries. He describes his face in meticulous and gruesome detail, implying how the war has changed him not only physically but emotionally- making him callous and almost detached from his pain.

    The main structural device to comment upon is the use of flashbacks. These reveal why Francis wants to kill Larry, slowly building anticipation. As the story goes past to present, we build a 'fuller picture' of the main protagonists; Larry, Nicole and Francis.

    When discussing themes, character or even quotes, try to link to the book as a whole. So, how does Francis link to the idea of Heroism and what happens to soldiers after the war; Are they left with a bright future (the GI bill) or are they left helpless and broken. Not able to cope with post-war America (think Arthur and his drinking or Francis who clings onto his love for Nicole).

    Hope that helps- sorry for not being very concise.
    I AM WJEC! Thanks for this awesome help! I would love it to be detailed.
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    I AM WJEC! Thanks for this awesome help! I would love it to be detailed.
    hehe no problem, if you have any more questions just ask me whenever
 
 
 
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