Aqa English Lit 2017 paper 1Watch
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With ACC, my essay was very limited. I just talked about how they were sterotyped and did not accurately portray the struggles of the poor as poverty was romanticised through their characters.
For the rest of the play, I wrote that Ambition lead to the downfall of Macbeth, and that Duncan is killed as a result of ambition. I also said that ambition is overwhelming, causing Macbeth to change, become insecure, and kill Banquo. I wrote a load of rubbish too to gain marks from random quotes.
Jekyll and Hyde was weird too, there's never been a statement before! I said that I felt sympathy for Jekyll since he had to conceal his evil desires in a Victorian Society, leading to him creating Hyde. Yet, i did also say that I didn't feel sympathy because it was his fault that Hyde exists in the first place.
Lastly, I wrote that he's a coward and uses Jekyll as his 'city of refuge' after his terrible crimes committed by his alter ego. I wish I didn't panic in the exam, I forgot all about Super Ego etc...
Still, at least it's done.
How'd everyone else find it?
i wrote about in romeo and juliet:
patriarchy, capulet, romeo turning violent because of love being his hubris, sampson and gregory being biblical names and how it's ironic because they're so aggressive (???!) and the play as an expose for corruption within catholicism. also how violence is the climax on freytags pyramid, and the cyclical structure of it beginning and ending with violence.
sympathy for his repression, sympathy because he tried to control Hyde, however it was his choice to make the potion, and how a modern audience feels more sympathetic as science is widely accepted now but contemporary jekyll alone would be shocking for meddling with drugs and dismissing religion. also wrote a bit about the id and superego, and how the embedded narrative makes us sympathetic as we know nothing personal from his POV until the end where we are overwhelmed with emotive lang, etc. used one critical quote, and said how stevenson used it to address cultural anxieties of science vs religion.
Me: what the even heck what what what
No but all in all, Macbeth went really good (except for the extract being terrible but whatever)! I just discussed how destructive the trait of ambiton is, and talked about Macbeth and Lady Macbeth and shoved in some context. I mean, it could have been a lot worse
On the other hand, Sign of the Four was a CAR CRASH. Literally ran out of time so bad, only wrote 2 paras, and didnt analyse particularly well...
Just focussing on smashing the Lit 2 exam on friday and hoping that will drag my grade up, especially as that one is 60%
I feel bad for everyone who did Romeo and Juilet and Jekyll and Hyde tho, didnt sound like you had such a good question there.
Good luck everyone and let's smash Friday's exam!!
Does anyone know for sure?