Getting ready for Section A. 1. Locate where the chapter is in the novel. Link it to previous or successive chapters if relevant. (The novel’s structure) 2. Briefly outline the main events in the chapter and why it is an important chapter.
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1. Locate where the chapter is in the novel. Link it to previous or successive chapters if relevant. (The novel’s structure)
2. Briefly outline the main events in the chapter and why it is an important chapter.
3. Discuss 2 -3 three of these in detail looking at structure, form and language. Use the terminology from your aspects of narrative genie.Question aRemember the 3 keys
claims made about alliteration and commas”.
You want to avoid sentences like this:
“Fitzgerald uses two commas in this sentence so suggest
a break in Nick’s narrative. This shows that he is obviously
upset and unable to deal with his emotions after Gatsby’s
death and that he has to pause in his sentence. The comma
makes you slow down and grieve like Nick. Also the use of
alliteration in the words “careless and confused” shows that
Nick is angry with Tom and Daisy.”Avoid making mountains out of molehills
The memory of the ugly rumours which surrounded Gatsby prompts Nick to narrate what Gatsby eventually told him about Gatsby’s past and how he “invented” himself (like a God? Fitzgerald describes how he “sprang from a Platonic conception of himself”). Nick explains how Gatsby confided in him at a point when Nick was unsure about how to judge Gatsby and the reader is equally left unsure how to judge Gatsby.Let’s try writing on chapter 6.
Daisy and Tom both attend one of Gatsby’s parties in which the obvious animosity and class differences between them is made clear. Nick recalls a barely perceptible sense of disenchantment at this party as if the gorgeousness of Gatsby’s lifestyle (like his vision of Daisy) is about to wither and rot. He sees the party through Daisy’s eyes and it seems tawdry.(“what had amused me then turned septic on the air now”)Let’s try writing on chapter 6
Gatsby insists that you can repeat the past and his account of his young love for Daisy is deeply nostalgic and flamboyantly in tone (note Nick’s irony in the use of free indirect narrative style here).Let’s try writing on chapter 6
Start with a brief overview of why this chapter is significant.
For example:Make your mark on the examiner.
understanding of Gatsby’s past. Despite the
retrospective nature of Nick’s narrative, it is
interesting that he doesn’t reveal Gatsby’s past
until this mid way point in the novel. This has the
effect of allowing the reader to experience getting
to know Gatsby in the same way as Nick – we hear
the rumours and have small encounters with him
before being confided in, just as Nick was.Why does Fitzgerald put this section of the novel here? [STRUCTURE]
It is clear to the reader that Nick’s account of Gatsby’s past is not told in an objective way. An ironic tone is implied in the authorial voice which resonates throughout :“So he invented just the sort of Jay Gatsby that a seventeen year-old boy would be likely to invent”. This reminds us that Nick, despite his obvious reverence for Gatsby as a character (“there was something gorgeous about him”) is disdainful about Gatsby’s decision to model himself on Dan Cody.Expanding your point to look at LANGUAGE AND FORM
Nick’s ironic, even mocking tone is again evident in the description of Gatsby’s state of mind as he fashions himself in a new light as a glamorous young man: “A universe of ineffable gaudiness spun itself out in his brain”. Fitzgerald is showing us how Nick is returning to moments in Gatsby’s past and trying to imagine how Gatsby recreated himself as the ill-fated dreamer he was by the time Nick met him in West Egg. The use of free indirect style makes it clear that it is Nick who is imagining Gatsby’s thoughts, with the words “ineffable gaudiness” hinting that Nick, with hindsight, views Gatsby’s vision as gaudy or even slightly vulgar.Expanding your point to look at LANGUAGE AND FORM
We can see this later in the chapter, as the parties which Nick remembered with such vivid wonder in chapter 2, now seem tawdry and less enchanting.
A LINK TO YOUR NEXT EXTRACT.Expanding your point to look at LANGUAGE AND FORM
Look carefully at the key words in the question and write a rock solid introduction which addressing the questions and says something (don’t parrot the question).
2. Write about a range of points(3-5) in your answer – arguing both sides of the question before concluding. Follow a basic PEE structure here to stay safe.
These are GENUINE past paper questions ...
How satisfying do you find the conclusion of ...
... The ending
... The over-emphasised moral
... The dark and disturbing themes
... The use of a single narrative voice
... To what extent do you agree?
It has been said that a fault of ... is ...
What do you think is significant about the use of journeysin this text?
Section A (part ii)
... To what extent do you agree?
Betrayal is at the heart of the relationships between characters in ...
What is the significance of letters to the narrative of Curious Incident?
How far do you agree that there is only .... <corruption / confusion / passion / jealousy / pain> ... in ...?
Although <character> portrays himself as a <hero / victim / villain>, some readers find it hard to believe this.
...what are your views on ...
30. What do think about the view that there are no women in The Great Gatsby with whom the reader can sympathise?Remember: AO1, AO3, AO4