Edexcel English Literature Othello 2018 A2

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Any predictions for questions this year????
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Any predictions for questions this year????

I can predict that if you know the text well, have learned your stuff, and have practised writing exam questions under exam conditions, that you will do very well.
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do you know if we have to learn the actual ao5 quotes or just briefly what the critic argues?
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do you know if we have to learn the actual ao5 quotes or just briefly what the critic argues?
The way I've always done it is to name one critic and quote what they say almost exactly (e.g Leavis says "Othello is too stupid to be regarded as a tragic hero" ). after that, then just drop the name and allude to what they say, or loosely state a quote without giving a name (instead just saying "One critic says that..."
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oh god oh god oh god I’m so screwed for othello lol. Got streetcar in the bag though, hopefully I’ll do ok enough
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How did you guys find Othello?

I picked the theme of identity one- I was able to link a lot of critics to it as well, which I was scared I wouldn't be able to do. Wrote about 6 pages and my line of argument was based on the fact that society makes it hard for people to fit in therefore characters adopt and reconstruct new identity to fit in, but it doesn't always work leading to their downfall. My overarching point was that Shakespeare was being very critical of the society at the time, being too focused on appearances.
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How did you guys find Othello?

I picked the theme of identity one- I was able to link a lot of critics to it as well, which I was scared I wouldn't be able to do. Wrote about 6 pages and my line of argument was based on the fact that society makes it hard for people to fit in therefore characters adopt and reconstruct new identity to fit in, but it doesn't always work leading to their downfall. My overarching point was that Shakespeare was being very critical of the society at the time, being too focused on appearances.
Yeah, I think emphasising the idea of the racial and patriarchal features of contemporary Elizabethan society was the right way to go. Couldn't remember any critical material on Cassio so didn't do that question.

Had Streetcar as my other text, and those questions were horrific as well. Gonna have to pray for good poems and prose questions.
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Yeah, I think emphasising the idea of the racial and patriarchal features of contemporary Elizabethan society was the right way to go. Couldn't remember any critical material on Cassio so didn't do that question.

Had Streetcar as my other text, and those questions were horrific as well. Gonna have to pray for good poems and prose questions.
Yeah I wouldn’t have chosen Cassio either.

At first I didn’t like the streetcar questions but I went with confrontation and it was actually not a bad question. Just worded a bit weirdly.

Which did you do for streetcar and what did you say?
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Yeah I wouldn’t have chosen Cassio either.

At first I didn’t like the streetcar questions but I went with confrontation and it was actually not a bad question. Just worded a bit weirdly.

Which did you do for streetcar and what did you say?
Inner Lives-ideas about how Blanche's inner life is desire for secrecy and acceptance, Stanley's is to reaffirm his patriarchal status as "King", and Stella is conflicted as a woman and wife at the time.

Long answer short, a load of rubbish.
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What specification was this? A or B?
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