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Any predictions for

love and relationships poetry

an inspector calls

social responsibility or mr/mrs birling
Do you guys think we will get an identity poem this time around for power and conflict? I don't think any have come up yet
Reply 4
Original post by agent_duck343
Any predictions for

love and relationships poetry

an inspector calls


Cant lie for Love and relationship poetry, I always use Farmer's Bride as a comparison cause that's the only one I know and just as a backup, have a poem that you know really well and make sure u can compare it to any other poem. Either way, if you can waffle properly you will get marks.
Reply 5
Original post by riley.luce
social responsibility or mr/mrs birling

If it is, i am set easy almost full marks
Original post by Closezy
Cant lie for Love and relationship poetry, I always use Farmer's Bride as a comparison cause that's the only one I know and just as a backup, have a poem that you know really well and make sure u can compare it to any other poem. Either way, if you can waffle properly you will get marks.

If its familial I always use mother any distance but it its romantic Im kinda screwed
Reply 7
Original post by agent_duck343
If its familial I always use mother any distance but it its romantic Im kinda screwed

cant lie Farmers bride can be used for almost anything or basically everything as a comparison and in the last mock got quite high for it
i’m cooked for l&r poetry
Reply 9
there’s never been a repeat question on love and relationships so I think they might repeat one this yr
Original post by Pwca
AQA GCSE English Literature Paper 2 (8702/2) - 20th May 2024 [Exam Chat]
Welcome to the exam discussion thread for this exam.
Introduce yourself! Let others know what you're aiming for in your exams, what you are struggling with in your revision or anything else.
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Date/Time: 20 May/ AM
Length: 2h 15m
Good luck!
Click here to find exam discussions for other GCSE subjects

Got a 9 in English Lit. Scored 90/96 and full marks in multiple essays. I am happy to give help and advice. Also, I am selling my exam scripts for cheap. Feel free to hmu guys🙂
anyone here doing power and conflict
Original post by nocluewoman
Do you guys think we will get an identity poem this time around for power and conflict? I don't think any have come up yet

it could be checking out me history
Original post by Ratio23
Got a 9 in English Lit. Scored 90/96 and full marks in multiple essays. I am happy to give help and advice. Also, I am selling my exam scripts for cheap. Feel free to hmu guys🙂
Hello Ratio (and to everyone else that might help)

I’m bad at inspector calls & don’t remember a lot about it, do you have any key quotes to remember or key topics to mention about in the exam?
Thanks
Original post by Jakeysmith
Hello Ratio (and to everyone else that might help)
I’m bad at inspector calls & don’t remember a lot about it, do you have any key quotes to remember or key topics to mention about in the exam?
Thanks


key quotes:

+ “but these girls aren’t cheap labour - they’re people!” - sheila
> sheila is thinking of others before she knows that she is involved, shows she might’ve already had socialist views but they might have been buried as a consequence of growing up in a capitalist society.

+ “we are members of one body.” and “they will be taught in fire, blood and anguish” - inspector’s final speech
> proxy to JB Priestley’s socialist views he wants to show to the audience. presents the inspector as omnipotent as 1945 viewers would know that the world was “taught in fire, blood and anguish” in ww1.

+ “mummy” - sheila
> simple one to remember, sheila goes from being an infantilised capitalist girl to a changed, socialist woman.

+ “unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable” - mr birling
> Priestley uses dramatic irony to presents birling as foolish as 1945 audience would know that the titanic did sink. immediately gets audience to dislike him and his capitalistic mindset

+ “everything’s alright now, sheila. what about this ring? - gerald
> gerald shows clearly that he believes nothing has changed. he expects that Sheila will have gotten over it so soon and he believes that now that the situation is over everything can go back to normal. this shows quite a naive side of gerald and shows that he has had no understanding of the lesson the Inspector was trying to teach and that he has little respect for sheila.

+ “you’re not the type- you don’t get drunk-“ - mrs birling
> she denies what she doesn't want to believe. this contradicts the earlier statements she was making about the father of eva’s baby and portrays her as pretentious; proves that her arrogance is empty because, after seeing her son's mistakes, it is evident that there is no difference between classes.

+ “a girl of that sort” - mrs birling
> she is stereotypical and unsympathetic; sees eva as a liar and a criminal (traits she assumes all lower class citizens have). sarcasm and prejudice are present.

+ “not the sort of father a chap can go to when he’s in trouble” - eric
> highlights the distance between him and his father, contradicts the earlier quote of “you seem like a nice well-behaved family​” by gerald. the use of the noun “chap” seems to be eric’s attempt at distancing himself from his actions, showing he doesnt entirely accept responsibility, but he does learn the inspectors lesson at the end.

key themes:

+ CLASS: taking the play from a socialist perspective inevitably focuses on issues of social class. class is a large factor, indirectly, in the events of the play and eva’s death. mrs. birling is her husband’s “social superior”, just as gerald will be sheila’s social superior if they do get married. priestley also subtly notes that gerald’s mother, lady croft, disapproves of gerald’s marrying sheila for precisely this reason. finally, everyone’s treatment of eva might be put down (either in part or altogether) to the fact that she is a girl “of that class”.

+ YOUTH AND AGE: the play implicitly draws out a significant contrast between the older and younger generations of birlings. while arthur and sybil refuse to accept responsibility for their actions toward eva (arthur, in particular, is only concerned for his reputation and his potential knighthood), eric and sheila are shaken by the inspector’s message and their role in eva’s suicide. the younger generation is taking more responsibility, perhaps because they are more emotional and idealistic, but perhaps because priestley is suggesting a more communally responsible socialist future for Britain.

+ RESPONSIBILITY: though responsibility itself is a central theme of the play, the last act of the play provides a way people can let themselves off the hook. if one message of the play is that we must all care more thoroughly about the general welfare, it is clear that the message is not shared by all. by contrasting the older birling and gerald with sheila and eric, priestley explicitly draws out the difference between those who have accepted their responsibility and those who have not.

+ CAUSE AND EFFECT: the Inspector outlines a “chain of events” that may well have led to eva’s death. her suicide is the product not of one person acting alone, but of a group of people each acting alone; it resulted from several causes. If birling had not sacked eva in the first place, sheilacould not have had her dismissed from Milwards, and eric and gerald would not have met her in the palace bar. had she never met eric , she would never have needed to go to the charity commission. this series of events is closely associated with priestley’s fascination with time and how things in time cause or are caused by others.

+ TIME: time, which deeply fascinated Priestley, is a central theme in many of his works. he famously was interested in Dunne’s theory of time, which argued that the past was still present, and that time was not linear as many traditional accounts suggest. aic deals with the nature of time in its final twist: has the play, we might wonder, simply gone back in time? is it all about to happen again? how does the Inspector know of the “fire and blood and anguish,” usually interpreted as a foreshadowing of the world wars?

+ THE SUPERNATURAL: the inspector’s name, though explicitly spelled “goole” in the play, is often interpreted through an alternative spelling: “ghoul.” the Inspector, it seems, is not a “real” Brumley police inspector, and priestley provides no answer as to whether we should believe his claim that he has nothing to do with eva smith. what are we to make of the police inspector who rings to announce his arrival at the end of the play? is the original Inspector, perhaps, a ghost? what forces are at work in the play to make the birlings really accept their responsibility and guilt?

+ SOCIAL DUTY: the inspector’s final speech is arguably is the most important and central theme of the play: that we have a duty to other people, regardless of social status, wealth, class, or anything else. there is, according to priestley, such a thing as society, and he argues that it is important that people be aware of the effects of their actions on others. the birlings initially do not think at all about how they might have affected eva, but they are forced to confront their likely responsibility over the course of the play.

hope this helps! if you have any questions lmk!! :smile:
Original post by idefyyoustars
key quotes:
+ “but these girls aren’t cheap labour - they’re people!” - sheila
> sheila is thinking of others before she knows that she is involved, shows she might’ve already had socialist views but they might have been buried as a consequence of growing up in a capitalist society.
+ “we are members of one body.” and “they will be taught in fire, blood and anguish” - inspector’s final speech
> proxy to JB Priestley’s socialist views he wants to show to the audience. presents the inspector as omnipotent as 1945 viewers would know that the world was “taught in fire, blood and anguish” in ww1.
+ “mummy” - sheila
> simple one to remember, sheila goes from being an infantilised capitalist girl to a changed, socialist woman.
+ “unsinkable, absolutely unsinkable” - mr birling
> Priestley uses dramatic irony to presents birling as foolish as 1945 audience would know that the titanic did sink. immediately gets audience to dislike him and his capitalistic mindset
+ “everything’s alright now, sheila. what about this ring? - gerald
> gerald shows clearly that he believes nothing has changed. he expects that Sheila will have gotten over it so soon and he believes that now that the situation is over everything can go back to normal. this shows quite a naive side of gerald and shows that he has had no understanding of the lesson the Inspector was trying to teach and that he has little respect for sheila.
+ “you’re not the type- you don’t get drunk-“ - mrs birling
> she denies what she doesn't want to believe. this contradicts the earlier statements she was making about the father of eva’s baby and portrays her as pretentious; proves that her arrogance is empty because, after seeing her son's mistakes, it is evident that there is no difference between classes.
+ “a girl of that sort” - mrs birling
> she is stereotypical and unsympathetic; sees eva as a liar and a criminal (traits she assumes all lower class citizens have). sarcasm and prejudice are present.
+ “not the sort of father a chap can go to when he’s in trouble” - eric
> highlights the distance between him and his father, contradicts the earlier quote of “you seem like a nice well-behaved family​” by gerald. the use of the noun “chap” seems to be eric’s attempt at distancing himself from his actions, showing he doesnt entirely accept responsibility, but he does learn the inspectors lesson at the end.
key themes:
+ CLASS: taking the play from a socialist perspective inevitably focuses on issues of social class. class is a large factor, indirectly, in the events of the play and eva’s death. mrs. birling is her husband’s “social superior”, just as gerald will be sheila’s social superior if they do get married. priestley also subtly notes that gerald’s mother, lady croft, disapproves of gerald’s marrying sheila for precisely this reason. finally, everyone’s treatment of eva might be put down (either in part or altogether) to the fact that she is a girl “of that class”.
+ YOUTH AND AGE: the play implicitly draws out a significant contrast between the older and younger generations of birlings. while arthur and sybil refuse to accept responsibility for their actions toward eva (arthur, in particular, is only concerned for his reputation and his potential knighthood), eric and sheila are shaken by the inspector’s message and their role in eva’s suicide. the younger generation is taking more responsibility, perhaps because they are more emotional and idealistic, but perhaps because priestley is suggesting a more communally responsible socialist future for Britain.
+ RESPONSIBILITY: though responsibility itself is a central theme of the play, the last act of the play provides a way people can let themselves off the hook. if one message of the play is that we must all care more thoroughly about the general welfare, it is clear that the message is not shared by all. by contrasting the older birling and gerald with sheila and eric, priestley explicitly draws out the difference between those who have accepted their responsibility and those who have not.
+ CAUSE AND EFFECT: the Inspector outlines a “chain of events” that may well have led to eva’s death. her suicide is the product not of one person acting alone, but of a group of people each acting alone; it resulted from several causes. If birling had not sacked eva in the first place, sheilacould not have had her dismissed from Milwards, and eric and gerald would not have met her in the palace bar. had she never met eric , she would never have needed to go to the charity commission. this series of events is closely associated with priestley’s fascination with time and how things in time cause or are caused by others.
+ TIME: time, which deeply fascinated Priestley, is a central theme in many of his works. he famously was interested in Dunne’s theory of time, which argued that the past was still present, and that time was not linear as many traditional accounts suggest. aic deals with the nature of time in its final twist: has the play, we might wonder, simply gone back in time? is it all about to happen again? how does the Inspector know of the “fire and blood and anguish,” usually interpreted as a foreshadowing of the world wars?
+ THE SUPERNATURAL: the inspector’s name, though explicitly spelled “goole” in the play, is often interpreted through an alternative spelling: “ghoul.” the Inspector, it seems, is not a “real” Brumley police inspector, and priestley provides no answer as to whether we should believe his claim that he has nothing to do with eva smith. what are we to make of the police inspector who rings to announce his arrival at the end of the play? is the original Inspector, perhaps, a ghost? what forces are at work in the play to make the birlings really accept their responsibility and guilt?
+ SOCIAL DUTY: the inspector’s final speech is arguably is the most important and central theme of the play: that we have a duty to other people, regardless of social status, wealth, class, or anything else. there is, according to priestley, such a thing as society, and he argues that it is important that people be aware of the effects of their actions on others. the birlings initially do not think at all about how they might have affected eva, but they are forced to confront their likely responsibility over the course of the play.
hope this helps! if you have any questions lmk!! :smile:

any alternative interpretations or AO3 for quote analysis
Original post by miffy122233
any alternative interpretations or AO3 for quote analysis


any quotes in specific or the ones i have wrote?
Original post by Jakeysmith
Hello Ratio (and to everyone else that might help)
I’m bad at inspector calls & don’t remember a lot about it, do you have any key quotes to remember or key topics to mention about in the exam?
Thanks

I didn't do Inspector calls sorry I did LOTF but PMT has great quotes and analysis
Reply 18
Original post by sigh.exe
it could be checking out me history

I think it will be conflict or Identity based so London or kamikaze
Reply 19
Original post by riley.luce
social responsibility or mr/mrs birling

In mocks we had an Eva smith question to do with social responsibility and she hasn’t come up yet

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