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I have to write a GCSE essay answering this question:
"This island is a fairy-tale, but it is also a grim morality tale.”

-Does anyone know how I would structure this-do I need an introduction and conclusion-how many paragraphs do I need?
-Do I need to have one paragraph focusing on fairy-tale and one focusing on morality, or could I do a paragraph that has both in it?


I would love any suggestions, thanks
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that depends on how many marks it is, and what level you're aiming for.

do a little introduction, doesn't have to be too long. I would aim for two points for each, I did one point per paragraph but you don't have to. ALWAYS do a conclusion for this sort of essay, you need to bring all your ideas together and say if you agree/disagree.
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(Original post by Omgcobbly)
that depends on how many marks it is, and what level you're aiming for.

do a little introduction, doesn't have to be too long. I would aim for two points for each, I did one point per paragraph but you don't have to. ALWAYS do a conclusion for this sort of essay, you need to bring all your ideas together and say if you agree/disagree.
ok thank you
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Intro is generally 10% of word count for essays, conclusion, between 5 and 10%. I would do as others have suggested and do one point per paragraph but making sure you have a strong linking sentence in the first paragraph to show coherence between them. It’s an essay - don’t use subheadings and try and stick to more formal language, not colloquialisms.
Good luck.
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(Original post by kjudd33)
Intro is generally 10% of word count for essays, conclusion, between 5 and 10%. I would do as others have suggested and do one point per paragraph but making sure you have a strong linking sentence in the first paragraph to show coherence between them. It’s an essay - don’t use subheadings and try and stick to more formal language, not colloquialisms.
Good luck.
What do you think I should write for the intro? I want to say how the novel is both a fairy tale and a morality tale, and should I say how he does that ?
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I would keep the intro quite general. Give the reader some context of the book - talk about the main themes - loss of innocence, conflict, attempt to construct civilisation etc. If you want to say it is both a fairytale and a tale of morality, that is best left for your conclusion. You can discuss each idea separately in the body of the essay and put forward your reasoning, including examples of how Golding creates that within the narrative.
You need a really punchy hypothesise for the last sentence or few sentences of the intro, that makes the reader/marker want to read on but doesn’t give away what your likely conclusion will be at this stage. The essay is an exploration, and although you will already have a good idea of your assumptions about the text, the reader shouldn’t be aware so early on. Spark notes is normally a pretty good place to get some ideas.
The best tip my tutor ever gave me was to use a mind map (spidergram) to do your planning. You can choose the best ideas from there and disregard the rest.
Hope that helps.
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