Using language techniques to answer a literature question

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katie091000
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In my English literature a level exams, in Q1 of paper 1 and Q1 of Paper 2 I used, (alongside other things,) language techniques to answer the question eg Polysyndetic, syntax, tenor, lexis etc etc. So I would say (for example,) here we can identify a continuous use of a tenor connoting death etc. Will these points get me marks?
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Yes definitely! But only if they're relevant/ you can directly link them back to the point you're trying to make. Eg/ syntax as in maybe structurally a short paragraph in a book=creates the effect of ..= therefore shows us that...
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yeah, as long as the point is well explored and why the technique has been used etc. fancy terminology won't help if you're just chucking it into weak points.
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They will get you marks if you have used them correctly. However, they will only get you a few marks. Most of the marks come from the quality of your analysis of a particular feature, regardless of how sophisticated that feature may be (e.g. someone that identifies 'powerful language' and has a very perceptive analysis of that feature can easily attain a higher mark than someone that spots 'meiosis' and has a vacuous analysis of that feature).
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