Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
x Turn on thread page Beta
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    5
    ReputationRep:
    I didn't see a thread about this around in the section, but if there is, feel free to link it, and this will be locked in due course.

    If not, this can be used as a base for discussion for the exam next Thursday.

    What two novels (remember to refer to them as novels in the exam) are you studying and how have you tackled it, in terms of analysis?

    I'm personally looking at Hard Times and Atonement.

    The basic comparison is that for Hard Times, it illustrates the consequences of rejection (for want of a better word) of childhood, whilst in Atonement, it illustrates the consequences of indulging in childhood.

    Off the top of my head (so bear with me here), some of the points I've learned are:

    - Hard T is very outward looking; there's nothing subtle in the novel
    - Idea of nature vs nurture (with the 'concrete over garden' imagery)
    - Gradgrind is a utilitarian; everything must have a purpose
    - Fancy V Fact; fancy frowned upon
    - Louisa is central to the play in the sense that she's the representative of industrialised society, whilst Sissy is a representative of the outsiders. This is explicit symbolism
    - Sissy cannot be broken down by time, which is portrayed as this mechanical process; Louisa still has that fight ("fire with nothing to burn") before becoming an "insensible heap"
    - Machine imagery that links with Thomas; nothing much to him
    - The first generation of utilitarian teachers being hired a year before the book was published
    - Structural symmetry; how everything brought up at the beginning becomes relevant to the plot later on (eg. Bounderby's fabrication of his past)

    - Atonement is very inward looking
    - Exploration of Briony being seduced by modernism
    - Was once into Gothic drama and fairy tales
    - Skips omniscient realism, and jumps right into modernism
    - Too young for the adult events she sees

    Atonement is definitely the harder of the two to handle - Hard T is more basic given its lack of ambiguity.

    Enough from me, what two novels are you guys studying, and how are you feeling about it?
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    5
    ReputationRep:
    Bump - one more day to go.
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Iam doing frankenstein and handmaids tale
    Does anyone has any predictions of what could come up
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Khabibs)
    Iam doing frankenstein and handmaids tale
    Does anyone has any predictions of what could come up
    Would like to know if anyone does too, unfortunately we can't judge it on past questions because there are not any!
    Offline

    7
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Khabibs)
    Iam doing frankenstein and handmaids tale
    Does anyone has any predictions of what could come up
    Do you have any key quotes mate?
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    https://www.goodreads.com/work/quote...ern-prometheus

    Yiu could find some here
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by ImGoingToFail12)
    Do you have any key quotes mate?
    https://www.goodreads.com/work/quote...andmaid-s-tale
    Offline

    8
    ReputationRep:
    Does anyone have any predictions for the questions???
    Offline

    7
    ReputationRep:
    Cheers fam, got any for Frankenstein?
    Offline

    0
    ReputationRep:
    Compare the ways in which the writers of your two chosen texts present characters who defy social norms
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    5
    ReputationRep:
    Smashed the exam - wish I could have written more for HT but I still got a fair bit in.
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
Turn on thread page Beta
Updated: May 26, 2016
Poll
Do you like carrot cake?
Useful resources

Make your revision easier

OMAM

Ultimate Of Mice And Men Thread

Plot, context, character analysis and everything in between.

Notes

Revision Hub

All our revision materials in one place

Love books

Common grammar and vocabulary problems

Get your questions asked and answered

Useful literary websitesStudy help rules and posting guidelines

Groups associated with this forum:

View associated groups

The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

Write a reply...
Reply
Hide
Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.