What kind of essay plan would I need for a character/theme question in GCSE English Lit texts?

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It can be a general answer but if it helps I am doing 'Inspector Calls' and 'Of Mice and Men'.

Posted Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 12:19 by Emily

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   I am also doing 'Of Mice and Men' and 'An Ispector Calls'. I would suggest that first you pick out around five key quotes from the text that are about the character mention. The Paper will also mention a theme e.g Conflict, Tension, American Dream.

For 'Of Mice and Men' these key themes will be Racism-Crooks, Sexism-Curley's Wife, Ageism-Candy, Lonliness, Migrant Workers ect.

Alternitevely for 'An Inspector Calls' the key themes will be Contflict, Responsibility, Power Relationships ect.

I cannot think of an example for either of the texts where a theme is not mentioned in the question. When planning i would pick out your five quotes that link to both the named character and theme and then annotate them. (no longer then 10mins) After this I would build each of these into an essay making sure i refer back to and answer the question.

I hope this helps and that your exam goes well


Answered Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 14:51 by James
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An example for An Inspector Calls is shown here the plan is on page 2: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/english_literature/dramainspectorcalls/drama_inspector_sprev1.shtml

That is one way to structure that type of question

For Of Mice and Men you will always be given a text based question first so annotate the text and then answer part A (what you have annotated with explanation) then in part B you talk about context/themes (James mentioned this above)

Hope this helps :)

Answered Mon 21st May, 2012 @ 14:57 by Georgia