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I was wondering if anyone doing higher English could explain how they analyse word choice and different types of imagery for close reading, essays and set text.
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I study A level English Literature and going on to study it at university so maybe I can help, what kind of texts are you looking to focus on? and at what level (GCSE, A Level etc)
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Thanks for the reply. My class is looking at the Great Gatsby and Carol Ann Duffy's poems at higher level which I believe is between the difficulty of GSCE and A Level.
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Well one basic way that I’ve analysed words is by looking at a quote from either the poetry or the novel, and looking at the terms and seeing if they have an devices. In poetry, this is much easier as normally there are metaphors, similes, etc but as I haven’t read either so honestly can’t be too specific as I don’t know them. But once i’ve got the quote with language devices, I see how it can link with the question I have to answer, so (as an example), the quote from Macbeth, ‘look like the innocent flower but be the serpent under it’ (it’s something like that) can link to the theme of reputation as it is exploring the idea of apperences vs reality, and develops Macbeth’s changing persona. I hope this helps, it’s very hard to explain on this! Is there any help you need with paragraphing, or the AOs that you have to use? Let me know
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