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OCR A Level English Literature Comparative and contextual study H472/02 - 15 Jun 2022 [Exam Chat]


Here is the exam discussion for this exam. Talk anything from how to revise for it, specific questions or time management :ahee:

Date/Time: Wednesday 15th June AM
Length: 2h30


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For me i'm doing american literature so The great Gatsby and My Antonia but there just isn't enough content on My Antonia has anyone done essays for this novel or can help me with any themes thank you so much x
Hi ! I'm doing OCR A Level English Lit and studying:
Hamlet
Paradise Lost (Books 9 & 10)
Duchess of Malfi
Grapes of Wrath
Great Gatsby
and doing poetry coursework on Seamus Heaney's 'Punishment' and comparative coursework on Remains of the Day and August: Osage County
i'm doing frankenstein and the bloody chamber as my texts!!
If you're studying The Bloody Chamber or Dracula I'd recommend this document I made for revision:

https://www.stuvia.com/doc/1529438/a-level-gothic-comparative-studies-dracula-and-the-bloody-chamber-thematic-booklet-with-quotes

I used it for revision and was able to get an A in English literature. Hope it helps and good luck everyone :-)
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Original post by breakfasthearted
For me i'm doing american literature so The great Gatsby and My Antonia but there just isn't enough content on My Antonia has anyone done essays for this novel or can help me with any themes thank you so much x

I'm doing Gatsby as well but I'm comparing it to the Age of Innocence. These are themes that my class had put together for the second question:
Love/marriage/relationships
Corruption/morality
The Dream
Characters requiring/ seeking a fresh start
Restlessness
Isolation/ loneliness
Hope in adversity (a previous exam question)
Individualism vs community
The position of women
Men/ masculinity/ role of men
Sense of futility/ pointlessness/ lack of purpose
Superficiality
Social class, tension, social mobility, immigration
Hedonism/ consumerism/ materialism/ commercialism/ capitalism
Social events
Freedom/ Europe/ American values
Status/ Power
Money/ wealth

Hope this helps
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Hi, Im doing Grapes of Wrath and Gatsby and resources and key themes that you think might come up please share!
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Original post by mkool1
Hi, Im doing Grapes of Wrath and Gatsby and resources and key themes that you think might come up please share!

Hello! I put some themes on the message above yours (I do Gatsby as well but also The Age of Innocence, not grapes of wrath). I don't know how they will help you but they could help : )
anyone doing dystopia??

with 1984 and the handmaids tale :smile:
I am doing The Great Gatsby and Native Son, I don't think I see many people doing Native Son for English Lit
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I'm doing American Literature, does anyone know how to answer the unseen extract question? I usually try and do three paragraphs grouping together key ideas but my friend just writes about the passage, going through it from start to finish, so I'm wondering what is the best method for this lol
Original post by issym8
I'm doing American Literature, does anyone know how to answer the unseen extract question? I usually try and do three paragraphs grouping together key ideas but my friend just writes about the passage, going through it from start to finish, so I'm wondering what is the best method for this lol

My teacher said that we can do it either way - it’s just whatever works best for you. I do 3 ideas paras too but if you find the other way easier then try that :smile:
Original post by issym8
I'm doing American Literature, does anyone know how to answer the unseen extract question? I usually try and do three paragraphs grouping together key ideas but my friend just writes about the passage, going through it from start to finish, so I'm wondering what is the best method for this lol

I've been taught to go with 3 themes that are in the text and go through the passage and find the quotes which support the particular themes. I personally think that it's a better way since you then have 3 distinct paragraphs and can focus on one particular point per paragraph
that’s a good technique! thanks for sharing, I’ll try using this with my practice. :smile:
Also, it's better to read through the extract once to familiarise yourself, and underline anything that jumps out to you. As you're reading through the first time, just think about what themes are there. Then, stop and properly think of the themes that are in the extract - make sure you have at least 3. Go through the extract again and, this time, find quotes that you can easily analyse for each of the themes. If you have more than 3 themes at the end of reading the extract, use the 3 that you believe are the strongest.

If you're doing American lit, the American Dream is most likely going to be one of the themes in the extract, unless the extract is a bit weird. (also bear in mind that the term wasn't coined until 1931 by James Adams)
For the unseen extract, if I know about some context about the writer, would I be able to add any for AO3? Or should I just stick to context relevant to the text and the published date that is given?
Anyone doing Immigrant Literature? I'm doing The Reluctant Fundamentalist & Call it Sleep
Original post by diya277
For the unseen extract, if I know about some context about the writer, would I be able to add any for AO3? Or should I just stick to context relevant to the text and the published date that is given?


in one of my mocks I included further knowledge surrounding my Sister Carrie and my teacher gave me AO3 marks for it, I believe
Original post by JessicaxHannah
in one of my mocks I included further knowledge surrounding my Sister Carrie and my teacher gave me AO3 marks for it, I believe


Thank you!! Hopefully the examiner counts it as AO3

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