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    Hi all,

    I've been told that PEEL is very limiting in its use and will guarantee you ok marks (for e.g. in the Eng Lang paper 2, qu 2 summary the most you could probably get is about 4/5 out of 8). But to get top marks, apparently you need to "split your explanation...

    1.)"literal" explanation
    4.)Inference explanation.

    How do you go about doing that without making your writing sound clumsy? Could someone please give an example with that sort of structure. And lastly (sorry for so many questions), how can you avoid repeating yourself with the literal explanation and the point, surely they're the same thing??

    Cheers in advance.

    You are correct about PEEL. A formula will get you so far but to reach the top your writing needs to be fluent, natural and focus on the highest skills. If you are confident enough, the literal explanation can just be a word or two dropped into the more complex use of inference. The key is a close analysis of language, looking at less obvious ideas.
    For example, looking at this text for paper 1, Q2: 'Rosabel looked out of the windows; the street was blurred and misty, but light striking on the panes turned their dullness to opal and silver, and the jewellers' shops seen through this, were fairy palaces.'
    The writer creates an image based on fantasy, where the 'blurred and misty' view is seen through panes of 'opal and silver'. This metaphorical imagery creates a contrast between the harsh reality of her life, and the dreams she has. However, she is a poor woman, and the connotations of 'fairy palaces' show how far out of her reach the jewellers' shops are. It suggests to us that Rosabel seeks to escape the wet streets through her thoughts, with opal and silver suggesting hope for the future.
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