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`Of Mice and Men' 5 (a) HOW?
· ie. Find lots of examples in the extract of HOW the
writer uses language to influence you
about...character/setting/theme
· You need to write about language techniques-
(description, dialogue, similes, repetition,
punctuation etc) if this is appropriate- but you
may also write about physical appearance, what
other characters say about them/mood, tone etc
· It's about what you/the reader learns about the
character/theme etc through what the writer
writes and how language works!…read more

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Question Stem...
· Explore how the language in the extract
influences your/the reader's view of...
· You must include examples of language
features in your answer.
16 marks…read more

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Criteria 5(a)
AO1 Respond
1-6 Sound understanding of text/writer's ideas/how
language is used.
Clear reference to extract ie quote/find detail!
7-9 Thorough understanding of text/writer's ideas/how
language is used.
Sustained reference to extract ie. about 6+
quotations/details
10-13 Assured.....;pertinent reference to extract. (More
quotes!)
14-16 Perceptive understanding shown through
discriminating evidence ie find even more and good
quotes/details!…read more

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Sample Question
· 5 (a) Explore how the language in the extract
influences your view of the tension in this scene.
· You must include examples of language features in
your answer.
16 marks
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An example of the first paragraphs...
· Steinbeck's fight scene between Curley and Lennie is very tense
from the start when Curley is described with the simile "like a
terrier", the animal imagery reflecting his brutality as he hunts his
prey. His rage also "exploded" and this sudden outburst of anger
raises the tension further, as does his dialogue as he screams
obscenities at Lennie:" ya big bastard" and orders him to "Get up
on your feet", with several short and abrupt sentences.
· Lennie's "helpless" reaction also causes tension in the reader as he
is described as trying to "retreat" while in contrast Curley is
"balanced and poised". Steinbeck uses violent verbs in his
description of Curley's movements as he "slashed" and "smashed""
at Lennie , emphasising his physicality, while Lennie cowers with "a
cry of terror", the powerful diction making us tense.…read more

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