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Hi, I write lots of English GCSE essays at home and want to find a way to get them graded. I wrote the following essay and put it into ChatGPT and it gave me 26/30 marks however this is much higher than my average score. I wondered if someone could tell me if this grade ChatGPT gave me is accurate. Below is what I inserted into Chat GPT (including the essay itself). Thanks

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Mark this essay like a GCSE AQA English Literature exam on Jekyll and Hyde. The Essay Question is, "How is a suspicious atmosphere created in the novel," and the essay starts here: In the Victorian Novella “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,” the respectable gentleman “Dr Jekyll” has the capacity for kindness however chooses to unleash his devilish, criminal side through his self-created ‘alter-ego’, Mr Hyde his reason seemingly due to his dissatisfaction with his feelings of duality. A suspicious atmosphere is created through the setting, where different settings are symbolic of primarily Jekyll and Hyde. Characters also created a suspicious atmosphere based on their descriptions and actions. Perhaps, Stevenson constructed the novella to have a suspicious atmosphere not only to heighten the tension but also to mirror the duality of man.
In Chapter 1, Enfield uses language to describe Hyde in a way that creates a suspicious atmosphere. Stevenson constructs the novella to introduce Hyde with one of the heinous crimes he committed. Hyde is described as having “trampled calmly over the child's body.” The oxymoronic ‘trampled calmly’ suggests that Hyde is comfortable with conflicting pain on a child who is a victim because he reacts to his actions calmly. Moreover, this creates a suspicious atmosphere because the verb ‘trampled’ sounds somewhat ominous. At this point in the novella, the only details of this man (Hyde) that is given is how he was a “little man stumping along eastward”. The verb ‘trampled’ and ‘stumping’ presents the character of Hyde as a vicious animal who has bursts of aggression, leading to the death of his victims. This is suspicious because the character is not described with human features, suggesting he is out of the ordinary and not like the archetypal man in a Victorian society who is expected to the same code of conduct: to be respectable, rational and polite. Perhaps, Hyde is crafted as a direct subversion Jekyll - how a gentleman should behave in order to present the duality of man, and to suggest that everyone has this dual nature within, but the character of Jekyll cannot control his and when this evil side is released, a suspicious atmosphere of violence is created.
In addition, the way that characters are described throughout the play create a suspicious atmosphere. The character of Hyde is constructed to be the same person as Jekyll which fits in the gothic trope of doubling, hence creating a suspicious tone. Hyde is described as “something displeasing, something downright detestable” towards the beginning of the play after having murdered the girl. The repeated use of “something” shows a vagueness towards the character of Hyde. Furthermore, the plosive “displeasing” and “detestable” adjectives are quite non-descript and non- specific, this suggesting an uncanny character, creating a suspicious atmosphere. Perhaps, Stevenson is describing Hyde to be uncanny so that the duality of Hyde being Jekyll’s alter-ego is more surprising, especially considering the contrast between the characters initial descriptions where Jekyll begins as a “large, handsome man” and Hyde starts as a “little man, stumping”. The direct contrast between the “little” and “large” means that the reader would not initially put two and two together, and realise that Jekyll and Hyde are the same, thus creating suspicion later on in the text about this matter. The character of Jekyll is also described in such a way that creates a suspicious atmosphere. When unwell, Jekyll is described as sitting by the window “like some disconsolate prisoner.” This simile compares Jekyll to an unhappy prisoner which alludes to crimes having occurred. The reader knows about Hyde and the crimes he committed; however, it had not been revealed that Jekyll is Hyde at this point in the book. By describing Jekyll in this way, the reader may become increasingly suspicious towards Jekyll’s character, especially as his dual-nature secret becomes more and more obvious as the novella progresses. Due to the breaking down in the relationships between Jekyll and the other characters in the play as he becomes more and more addicted to the drug causing his evil side to come out, perhaps Stevenson is suggesting that secrecy can create a suspicious atmosphere and makes others wary of you.
The settings in Jekyll and Hyde are constructed to represent the duality of man hence creating a suspicious atmosphere. Jekyll and Hydes houses are symbolic of Freudian’s psychoanalytical theory, where there are 2 sides to the brain. The Id and Ego. Jekyll and Hyde’s houses are connected to symbolise the brain. Jekyll’s cabinet door is “red-baize,” connoting to luxury and taste adhering to the expectations of Victorian Gentleman. The door is representative of his character: The super ego, who knows about morality, social conditioning, and the expectation to be a quintessential Victorian Gentleman. Hyde’s door “is equipped with neither bell nor knocker” symbolising his secrecy which was potentially due to him acting against the expectations of Victorian Gentleman. His door was “blistered and distained” which reflects his character, symbolising the Id side of the brain as he is an aggressive, animalistic creature who acts immorally and with no remorse. The 2 sides of the brain (Id and Ego) represent Jekyll and Hyde respectively, and create a suspicious atmosphere, setting up their characters and foreboding how Hyde behaves and how Jekyll behaves. Perhaps, the doors of Jekyll and Hyde are constructed to be described how they are in order to reinforce the theory of the Id and Ego, whilst highlighting the duality of man. Furthermore, Hydes separate apartment creates a suspicious atmosphere because it is in Soho, which has connotations of seedy behaviour and immorality however was furnished “with luxury and taste.” The contrast between the connotations of Soho and how the apartment is furnished could perhaps create suspicion as it is unexpected of Hyde to have such a well-kept apartment. Also, it could create suspicion as it implies that Jekyll, who would be expected to have an apartment of “luxury and taste” is the one who furnished it, providing evidence for Jekyll and Hyde being the same person.
Overall, a suspicious atmosphere is created using gothic tropes and presented through the characters and settings in the novella perhaps because Stevenson wanted to mirror and present the duality of man, and to also build up the tension throughout for the readers who slowly discover that Jekyll and Hyde are the same person.
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I would give this a grade 5 or 6. Although you have given some suitable examples, the essay overall lacks the confident presentation of material I would look for in a grade 7, 8 or 9 essay.

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