Is anyone else studying The Road by Cormac McCarthy?

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There are no revision notes online so it would be cool to hear other peoples views! 

Posted Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 18:22 by Beth Kemp

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I'm studying this! After I've got my German oral exam out of the way tomorrow, I could upload some revision notes that I've got from my lessons?

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 18:23 by Jessica Gledhill
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So far we've done The Voice, Neutral Tones, The Going, The Haunter and Under The Waterfall. I think that we are doing all the Hardy poems from the AQA anthology! Are you doing the aspects of narrative exam? 

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 18:55 by Beth Kemp
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Would love to get hold of some revision notes for this book :)

If anyone could upload them, that'd be very helpful!

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 18:30 by Oscar Maynard
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Keep watching this post - I'll be sure to post a link soon!

What other books are you studying for English Literature?

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 18:37 by Jessica Gledhill
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The Kite Runner, and Thomas Hardy/Christina Rosetti for poetry. What ones are you doing? :) 

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 18:42 by Beth Kemp
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The Great Gatsby and Hardy/Tennyson for poetry :-) Maybe I'll put up some Hardy notes - what poems of his are you studying?

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 18:46 by Jessica Gledhill
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Hardy's poems about his wife are so odd! Estranged for so many years and then suddenly has an obsession with her after death.

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 18:54 by Oscar Maynard
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I think I prefer Tennyson purely for Godiva, but Hardy's poems are all pretty depressing, except for Under the Waterfall, although that also has a tinge of sadness in it...

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 18:56 by Jessica Gledhill
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I prefer Rosetti, although i'll probably end up writing about Hardy's poems in the exam. More to write about, he was so strange! 

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 19:01 by Beth Kemp
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I've done all of the ones you've done Beth, apart from The Going. What exam board are you with? Because my teachers told me I have to write about both poets :S!

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 19:04 by Jessica Gledhill
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AQA, Im not sure, we got a practise exam question the other day and it only had Hardy poems in, and my teacher has said that we would only have to write about one. :S Ill ask him Monday if I see him and let you know! There might be a choice of questions, im really not sure! 

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 19:12 by Beth Kemp
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Thank you! Unfortunately for me, my English Lit lessons are cancelled all week this week! Well... thinking about it, not so unfortunate ;)

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 19:13 by Jessica Gledhill
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Haha, I know what you mean, one of our teachers is possibly the most pointless woman on the planet! Luckily, we break up Thursday so only have 1 hour of her, haha. Good luck with your German paper! :) 

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 19:18 by Beth Kemp
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Haha yeah same with me! But we've just done our coursework so it's all 1-1 meetings atm, but I've already had mine! I break up Friday :-) And ah thank you, but I wish it was a paper! In fact it's a speaking exam and I'm well scared haha! Cheers though!

Answered Sun 25th March, 2012 @ 19:24 by Jessica Gledhill
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I didnt see my teacher today, but I looked on the AQA website (http://www.aqa.org.uk/qualifications/a-level/english/english-literature-b/english-literature-b-key-materials.php this is the exam im doing!) and it looks like for the poetry bit of the question, there are 2 questions for every poet in the anthology, we just have to pick the ones that we have studied. Then we answer questions on the other books. I dont get how any of my exams are set out this year, its so confusing! haha. Hope your German exam went well, and I hope ive helped! :) 

Answered Mon 26th March, 2012 @ 15:50 by Beth Kemp
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Hey! I've done some work on The Road notes today (only a little bit mind). Just click on my name under here and it should take you to my profile where I've created stuff and they're there!

Oh and that makes sense! I'll talk to my teacher on Friday though, see if I can shed any light on the subject too! Thank you!

And oh lord, my exam went terribly, but thanks for asking!

Answered Mon 26th March, 2012 @ 20:22 by Jessica Gledhill
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Hey, thankyou so much! They look really helpful! I have a teachers development day on Friday so I could put up some of my notes then for you to read if you want. :) 

Answered Tue 27th March, 2012 @ 19:32 by Beth Kemp
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Yep. I'm studying The Road for my AS year. Sparse, and fragmented style of writing to reflect the state of their current world. The characters are given no names so that we don't get too attached, plus 'the man' and 'the boy' could be anyone. No chapters because their lives is a continuous journey. Lack of punctuation and minor sentences like 'Yes.' 'Okay.' shows the lack of humanity/civilization. The world is so bad that conversation is simple. There's a bit in the book where the boy askes 'Whats negotiate?' This shows that they don't do enough of this. The man is on more of physical journey, whereas the boy is on a spiritual journey. Loads more, but i think these are the basics of the structure of the novel. Hope i helped. New to this site. :]

Answered Wed 28th March, 2012 @ 18:44 by Tiffany
Edited by Tiffany on Wed 28th March, 2012 @ 18:47