Can someone please mark my English Lit essay on DNA. (GCSE AQA)

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How does Kelly present the ways at least one character tries to gain power over the group?

Initially, Kelly argues that one must be desensitised to violence in order to gain control. However, Kelly argues that teenagers yearn for power as an expense of society’s lack of compassion towards the youth. Therefore, Kelly ends the play with a reminder that power is only ephemeral so leaders who lack compassion will ultimately fail.

In the beginning of the play, Kelly highlights that teenagers are desensitised to violence to become more powerful or leaders within their groups. Kelly uses the character John Tate to demonstrate the lack of consideration that selfish, status seeking people have and is clearly shown when he insults Brian through “Brian you crying little piece of filth”. Here, Kelly uses the pronoun ‘you’ to solate Brian from the others in the gang for he initially refuses to accept that they murdered Adam. Through this, Kelly creates a merciless tone to mirror John Tate’s anger towards Brian. Here, Kelly depicts a contrast between John Tate and Brian who give two different reactions towards the death of Adam. Whilst Brian gives a more natural emotion to death, John Tate on the other hand feels infuriated rather than regretful for their actions. Therefore, Kelly presents the idea of desensitisation and how John Tate even showcases an unjust reaction to his faults. Kelly applies a metaphor to present John Tate as merciless as he must exploit other members’ weaknesses. This is evident when he likens Brian as a ‘little piece of filth’. The quantitative adjective ‘little’ demonstrates a difference of John Tate’s views of power; he views Brian as weak therefore insulting Brian. The term ‘filth’ connotes worthlessness therefore implying that Brian is not valued by their leader. Perhaps Kelly uses John Tate and Brian’s situation as a lesson to the youth that one must not hurt other members as a gang should feel like a family. In addition to this, John Tate even states that he has to “bite their face off or something”. Kelly uses violent imagery through ‘bite’ whilst perhaps using hyperbolic and animalistic language to further emphasise John Tate’s desensitisation to violence. The violent verb ‘bite’ is associated with forcefulness therefore implying that John Tate is aware of his actions yet he still chooses to result to immoral and deviant ways.

However, Kelly actually argues that teenagers who desire for power are products of society’s lack of solicitude for the youth. This is evident when John Tate ends his warning towards the group in Act 1 with “or something”. Here, Kelly presents John Tate as a leader who is not very assertive and certain of his choices yet still wants to be perceived as superior. During the scene when John Tate was warning his members, no adult was present in the scene to supervise them. Therefore, Kelly does this to criticise the lack of adult influence or parental guidance results to teenagers seeking the attention that they need through their power in the gangs. Perhaps, Kelly presents John Tate as a product of society’s lack of compassion to teenagers therefore they become feral and violent. As the scene progresses, John Tate questions Cathy about “who’s side are you on?” This reinforces John Tate’s forceful and dictatorial nature to gain control for he isolates Cathy through the direct pronoun ‘you’.

Ultimately, Kelly presents power to only be temporary and so one can be capable of changing for the greater good as demonstrated through John Tate. As the play progresses, Kelly demonstrates the lack of John Tate’s presence in the scenes but only mentioned in conversations. The lack of the character’s presence may reflect on how John Tate has realised his wrongdoings and therefore chooses to avoid danger. Alternatively, Kelly may highlight John Tate’s downfall for he is now insignificant in the play or he has loss his high status in the gang. Near the end of the play, Richard mentions that “John Tate has found God”. This marks a significant development in John Tate for he initially was violent in order to be seen as powerful however John Tate has now found peace and morality. The contrast between the monosyllabic words “bite off” to “found God” reflects on the ease of John Tate’s change. Also, the violent imagery ‘bite’ clearly juxtaposes to the purity and righteous imagery through ‘God’. Therefore, Kelly presents the capability of changing from a ruthless leader who sought power, to a moral being who found true peace.

In conclusion, Kelly argues that although teenagers may be ambitious and violent to receive power, people are capable of changing despite their past sins.

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