Critical Essay introductions. TART T - Introduce title of text A - Author and brief statement about the main issues of the text. R - Refer to essay task and reason for writing the essay. T – Techniques you will mention. Introductions.
T - Introduce title of text
A - Author and brief statement about the main issues of the text.
R - Refer to essay task
and reason for writing
T – Techniques you
Q. Choose a novel or short story which is set during a period of social or political change .
Discuss how important the writer’s evocation of the period is to your appreciation of the text as a whole
In the novel ‘The remains of the day’ by Kazuo Ishiguro, the setting of Post war Britain the 1920’s and ‘30’s is explored. Both these times were of great social, economic and political upheaval and this setting is essential in conveying many of the writer’s themes, such as loss, loyalty and dignity. The writer uses the setting and symbolism to develop these themes.
1) Choose anovel in which a character seeks to escape from the constraints of his or her environment or situation.
Explain why the character feels the need to escape and show how his or her response to the situation illuminates a central concern of the text.
2)Choose a novelin which the novelist makes use of more than one location.
Discuss how the use of different locations allows the novelist to develop the centralconcern(s) of the text.
3) Choose a novel or short story where the method of narration makes an important contribution to the success of the text.
Explain briefly the method of narration used by the author and then show in more detail the ways in which it contributes to the overall theme.
Step one – Introductions
Step two – summary
Just as Shakespeare influences our feelings towards Shylock through his characterisation of Antonio and the Christians in Venetian society, he also forces us to reappraise our opinion of the Jewish moneylender as we learn of the treatment he suffers at the hands of Launcelot, his Christian servant, and Jessica, his daughter. Launcelot, in a soliloquoy delivered in Act 2, Scene 2, reveals his contempt for his master:
“Certainly my conscience will serve me to run from this Jew my master’’
Shakespeare’s use of inversion subtly reveals Launcelot’s disdain and lack of respect for Shylock as he identifies him firstly as a Jew before his ‘master’. This lack of respect for Shylock compounds our feelings of sympathy towards him as even someone with the social standing of Launcelot, who Shylock clothes and feeds, looks down on him as a result of his beliefs.
Characterisation, key incidents, setting, symbolism, structure, language, mood/atmosphere, method of narration…
Imagery: metaphor, simile, personification etc. Word choice. Tone/mood. Structure…
‘The door was blistered and distained, the marks of prolonged and sordid negligence’
This illustrates a horrible image of something totally disregarded. The word choice of ‘blistered’ and ‘sordid’ give the impression of the door decaying. The word ‘blistered’ is particularly effective as it has connotations of illness and infection. This relates directly to the character of Hyde as the evil connected to him spreads and affects the other characters in the story like a disease. The description instantly tells the reader that there is something wrong linked to the rear of the house. The word ‘sordid’ links directly with Hyde as it implies something disgusting and squalid. Stevenson uses setting here to link with characterisation and helps the reader to gain a fuller understanding of the hidden and deformed Mr Hyde.
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In conclusion, Duffy’s ‘Havisham’ presents us, in the titular character, with a persona who is driven by particularly feelings of hatred. This hatred intensifies over the course of the text, ending in threats of violence not only towards her once fiancé but indeed all men. It is this undiscriminating sense of detestation that paints the character, ultimately, in an unsympathetic light. From close study of this text I have learned that some emotions, if not carefully managed, can be highly destructive – not least of all one’s own mental health, much like Miss Havisham who does not even know, “her, myself, who did this / to me?”