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recently in class for my english literaure essay for jekyll and hyde and romeo and juliet ive been constantly getting 25/30 and ive asked my teacher how i can get a higher mark and she said i need to be more philosophical in my essays but i dont really understand what she means by that and ive been watching youtube videos like mr salles teaches english and is it necessary to use the context of the writers life to show why they use something in their novel or can i still get over 25/30 without doing like really big interpretations using the authors life. i use the context of like whats happening at the time and the expectations of society but do i need to be using like key events which cpuld have affected their novel/play? and how can i be more philosophical?
Original post by slitheringfoxes
recently in class for my english literaure essay for jekyll and hyde and romeo and juliet ive been constantly getting 25/30 and ive asked my teacher how i can get a higher mark and she said i need to be more philosophical in my essays but i dont really understand what she means by that and ive been watching youtube videos like mr salles teaches english and is it necessary to use the context of the writers life to show why they use something in their novel or can i still get over 25/30 without doing like really big interpretations using the authors life. i use the context of like whats happening at the time and the expectations of society but do i need to be using like key events which cpuld have affected their novel/play? and how can i be more philosophical?

Hi, I did Jekyll and Hyde last year for GCSE but im pretty sure this advice would also be applicable for Romeo and Juliet too!
A lot of the stuff you're doing/adding is very beneficial and is defo the reason you're securing the higher marks which is really good. (+mr sales is really good)

you could possibly, in the conclusion, add in a evaluative statement which shows a deep understanding of the importance of the work at the time, the time after and in modern day.
For example, "The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is and remains an important novel" (and literally start with that) and then go on to state a few of things like these:

exploration and realisation of the duality of man

understanding the consequences of a human's addiction to fulfilling the desires of the 'evil' or 'unaccepted' side (or even just desires of mankind) as well as the regret that comes with it

how the novella causes us to realise how strongly society controls our actions

how the novella excites human curiosity by exploring the ideas of the duality of man rather than leading us to physically confront our "other-side" through our actions

and then finally overall how the novella speaks to us today as it explores the ongoing psychological ideas embedded in all of humanity.

This may link many ideas that you have stated before including things like context and stuff (especially after watching mr sales) but it just gives like a nice full summary of understanding the novella as a whole at the end of the conclusion. It works in the conclusion as it summarises these big ideas and applies them to real life. I feel like ending the essays in this kind of way has a bit of a "philosophical" ring to it

in terms of context I would say only use it if its relevant to the topic you're discussing (obviously) but as in use it only after you have made a point - don't go out of your way to write a whole paragraph just so that you could add in the relevant context. use it only when necessary

Ending the essays in this way will show your understanding of the novella as a whole like kind of fulfils your understanding if you know what I mean and its obviously not all the authors life so its adding something new and a bigger picture into your essay.

I didn't do Romeo and Juliet (I did Macbeth) however I hope you can kind of understand the structure of this way to end the essay and apply it there

I got 29/30 in Jekyll and Hyde and was marked at the highest level by the end when I added this to the conclusion (AO1 was also at the highest level which is understanding and responding to texts

So I hope this helps! :smile:
Original post by zosiaz_07
Hi, I did Jekyll and Hyde last year for GCSE but im pretty sure this advice would also be applicable for Romeo and Juliet too!
A lot of the stuff you're doing/adding is very beneficial and is defo the reason you're securing the higher marks which is really good. (+mr sales is really good)
you could possibly, in the conclusion, add in a evaluative statement which shows a deep understanding of the importance of the work at the time, the time after and in modern day.
For example, "The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is and remains an important novel" (and literally start with that) and then go on to state a few of things like these:

exploration and realisation of the duality of man

understanding the consequences of a human's addiction to fulfilling the desires of the 'evil' or 'unaccepted' side (or even just desires of mankind) as well as the regret that comes with it

how the novella causes us to realise how strongly society controls our actions

how the novella excites human curiosity by exploring the ideas of the duality of man rather than leading us to physically confront our "other-side" through our actions

and then finally overall how the novella speaks to us today as it explores the ongoing psychological ideas embedded in all of humanity.

This may link many ideas that you have stated before including things like context and stuff (especially after watching mr sales) but it just gives like a nice full summary of understanding the novella as a whole at the end of the conclusion. It works in the conclusion as it summarises these big ideas and applies them to real life. I feel like ending the essays in this kind of way has a bit of a "philosophical" ring to it
in terms of context I would say only use it if its relevant to the topic you're discussing (obviously) but as in use it only after you have made a point - don't go out of your way to write a whole paragraph just so that you could add in the relevant context. use it only when necessary
Ending the essays in this way will show your understanding of the novella as a whole like kind of fulfils your understanding if you know what I mean and its obviously not all the authors life so its adding something new and a bigger picture into your essay.
I didn't do Romeo and Juliet (I did Macbeth) however I hope you can kind of understand the structure of this way to end the essay and apply it there
I got 29/30 in Jekyll and Hyde and was marked at the highest level by the end when I added this to the conclusion (AO1 was also at the highest level which is understanding and responding to texts
So I hope this helps! :smile:

sorry for late reply this is really helpful thank u smmm

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