English Literature GCSE Coursework - Context

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For my English lit coursework for the literary heritage paper it says on the mark scheme that contextual references must be included in the essay - I have tried to do this (I have added about 5) but my teacher still says there isn't enough. Does anyone have any advice on how much context is needed and how to fit context into the essay? It would be much appreciated
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For my English lit coursework for the literary heritage paper it says on the mark scheme that contextual references must be included in the essay - I have tried to do this (I have added about 5) but my teacher still says there isn't enough. Does anyone have any advice on how much context is needed and how to fit context into the essay? It would be much appreciated
What books/poems are you writing about?

Historical context - about the period of time in which the book/poem is set or was written - is good. Literary context - how details about the author's life relates to the text - is also good.

You need to make sure that you never just put in a paragraph of context - it should be woven in with and contributing to your textual analysis, rather than distracting from it. At A-level, I aimed for 1-2 pieces of context per paragraph, but I don't know what is needed for your particular exam board and qualification.
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What books/poems are you writing about?

Historical context - about the period of time in which the book/poem is set or was written - is good. Literary context - how details about the author's life relates to the text - is also good.

You need to make sure that you never just put in a paragraph of context - it should be woven in with and contributing to your textual analysis, rather than distracting from it. At A-level, I aimed for 1-2 pieces of context per paragraph, but I don't know what is needed for your particular exam board and qualification.
I’m writing about Romeo and Juliet. Given that the essay is supposed to be relatively short (under 2000 at least) and mine is 2400 (I have 1 piece of context in every paragraph, except 2 - in one of them 0 - it’s repeated from another paragraph - and in one of them 2).
I believe it’s historical context they’re looking for; however, I may have a look at literary context. (I’m not sure this relates as much though)
Also yes I’ve woven them in pretty well I think as they contribute to my analysis of the points and help debate and answer the question
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