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I don’t know if I’m being stupid but in GSCE when it says ‘starting with this speech’ in act 3 scene 1 or something along those lines,Am I not allowed to use quotes or write about anything before act 3 scene 1 or am I able to?
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Original post by Yonoki
I don’t know if I’m being stupid but in GSCE when it says ‘starting with this speech’ in act 3 scene 1 or something along those lines,Am I not allowed to use quotes or write about anything before act 3 scene 1 or am I able to?

In the first paragraph your only allowed to use quotes from the scene they give you but paragraphs after that you can use whatever quotes you want I hope this helped x
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Original post by Bisma xx
In the first paragraph your only allowed to use quotes from the scene they give you but paragraphs after that you can use whatever quotes you want I hope this helped x

Ok thanks a lot 🙏
Original post by Yonoki
I don’t know if I’m being stupid but in GSCE when it says ‘starting with this speech’ in act 3 scene 1 or something along those lines,Am I not allowed to use quotes or write about anything before act 3 scene 1 or am I able to?


It doesn’t really matter unless you include some things about the extract. I always dont include them until the middle or end and i still end up with high marks. You just need to make sure you use them and link them to the whole play/novella
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Original post by Yonoki
I don’t know if I’m being stupid but in GSCE when it says ‘starting with this speech’ in act 3 scene 1 or something along those lines,Am I not allowed to use quotes or write about anything before act 3 scene 1 or am I able to?


You definitely do not need to start with the extract.

Often, examiners have reported that essays which have a structure score better (eg a chronological structure) so it might even be beneficial to write in order!

Just make sure you do include the extract
you are not restricted to start with the extract whatsoever.

the most important thing to do is note *where* from the novel / play the extract came from. beginning, middle, or end? from there, you can decide whether you start with it or not.

often, responses circulated around chronological events are more well-organised. however, you can choose to start with the extract and explore a quote that relates to the question before beginning to develop your response based around the rest of the novel / play, so long as you remember to link every paragraph back to the question.

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