May 5 2013

Personal Revision

Great Gatsby:
Structure –
*Nick as a detective finding clues on jay gatsby
*intricate patterning : Explore patters of images and events, these including the foreshadowing and echoing of events which are applied to various objects. Most notably ‘colour words’
E.G. The constant reference to white used to describe the ‘palaces’ of the wealthy, daisy’s ‘white childhood’ and finally reference to Tom’s view of ‘white’ supremacy. This contributes to the ongoing process of the book, as it presents the idea of a gain in wealth relating to the white palaces which then leads on to an evil ‘white supremacist’ view of Tom, through the attainment in wealth and the leading ways.

Apr 16 2013

‘Write about McCarthy’s methods of telling the story (21 marks)’

Throughout the book, Mccarthy uses a variety of writing techniques and devices to present the story including the setting and mindsets by the use of narration and specific use of language.
When firstly taking into account the setting, the reader is able to distinguish the very dark theme promoted, as Mccarthy describes the boys and fathers voices to be lost over the “darkening shorelands”. This specific use of language and the constant repetition of the word “dark” allows Mccarthy to use the device of imagery, to enable the reader to gain some form of visual image of the location and to some extent emphasise with the characters through there mindsets in being at these places.
Another use of setting to signify the story is when Mccarthy explains how “they made a dry camp with no fire”. This idea shows due to the lack of resources they have no fire, which is something that can be considered into today’s society in certain parts of the world with these extremely deprived area’s other known as ‘Dystophias’. The dry camp shows the basic standard of living with scarce resources and this also allows the reader who has seen the father and son with a fire before, to question that whether the ‘fire’ symbolizes life and that either the sun or father or both will just run out like the fire did.
Mccarthy through the plot uses very tension related terminology to show the chronological structure bringing along more occurring events as the book goes on.
As the book progresses there tends to be a more insight to the characters mindsets rather than the constant descriptions of the settings they are at, due to events occurring such as the father killing the man, the boy discovering the baby on the skewer as it takes a big psychological impact on both these characters and McCarthy makes it crucial for the reader to understand constantly what they are thinking.
Through the use of the applied third person narrative type, the reader is able to pick up on events occurring that the father and son wouldn’t always be able to, an example being when the father shoots, this device of the use of the third person narrative allows McCarthy to feel almost as if they were, through the in depth descriptions of settings and also understanding the mindset aswell as visually imaging a specific characters actions.
When exploring the form of the book, there are two methods that McCarthy uses.
Firstly during the dialogue between the father and son, it is apparent to the reader that there conversations to each other are of short replies and one word answers at times, an example being when the dad asks “Let’s start over” then the son replies “okay”, the use of these short dialogue’s is to firstly enable the reader to distinguish the quick use of dialogue, going to and from the father and son, but to also allow the reader to understand the boy and father’s relationship, through the fact they are able to communicate and comprehend each other with lack of communication and one words answers.
Secondly with the use of the third person narration Mccarthy is able to describe the upcoming of events in greater depth, the scene where the father enters the house with the flare gun shows two three lined paragraph’s broke down into lots of short sentences, “He entered the back door with the flare gun loaded at his waist. The wall was stripped out the house studs.” The use of the the full stops’s in context to the structure showing a change in character of the father from the more ‘old world valued’ man to a more ‘survival of the fittest’ plan abiding character, allows McCarthy to create a build up of tension through the reader constantly stopping and pausing, on the event of the father holding a flare gun loaded.

Mar 19 2013


Apocalyptic homework;

Part 1
1) what evidence is there that the setting of the road might have been the result of a nuclear war/disaster?
Throughout the book, various settings described denotes a very dark and empty society.
With the constant referring to the setting containing “ash” it allows the reader to question its overall impact on the book.
The use of ‘ash’ in the book enables the ideas of a bomb explosion, showing after the explosion occurred ash would have been released in the air, also to consider is the destruction it causes such as hitting a house releasing burnt materials.
Another example used is “watching the nameless dark come to enshroud them”, this point enables mccarthy to present the theme of ‘loneliness’ and allows the reader to consider whether this idea was considered by some deliberate act, this concluding the idea of a nuclear bomb, where people have had to go on there own route in life due to a desperation for survival.

2) if we assume we are reading the result of a nuclear war/disaster, what message(s) do you think might mccarthy be sending
Mccarthy establishes a variety of themes throughout the book which are able to reflect the mindsets of both the son and father.
The assumption that there was some form of nuclear war/disaster means the reader can question various conversations between the son and father, for example when the son asks his dad “Are we going to die”, this showing through the issues already occurring including scarce resources and high amount of death’s, life is an ‘uncertainty’ and the son feels that he is vulnerable to death and that he can die at any moment throughout the book.
Through Mccarthy presenting the mindsets of these characters, the reader is able to empathise

3) What is suggested by descriptions of scorned landscape. (quotation aswell)
As said earlier ‘The Road’ establishes these eerie and dark settings, so for land to be scorned the reader must take into account that for the land to be scorned, it must have been vulnerable to something extremely hot, this is for the reader to consider, this could be a spilling of a substance, the dropping of bombs or another type of disaster occurrence.
The impact on the book shows how just like the humans source of protection and hope, these landscapes have been deserted allowing the reader to understand the concept of life in the book at this time.
Through this quotation, the father is trying to load his son with the ideas and morals that he was once so familiar with in the ‘old world’.
He tries to tell his son how the other people are no longer good strangers through there committing of acts such as theft, murder and cannibalism, this plays a role throughout as the reader beguns to question how much of a ‘good man’ the dad is after murdering a stranger.

Part 2
When reading both ‘The road’ and ‘Wasteland’, the reader is able to automatically detect this very dull and depressing setting where society seems to have gone against its strong democratic and organised views which were once so crucial.
One outstanding point was in ‘Wasteland’ is when one line confirms “Unreal city” which relates so well to The road, which has these averse characteristics and make up such as constant murders, cannibals and the concept of ‘fighting till the death’, which goes against thus typical society through the events in the road that do occur, they are the opposite to vivid and really are only of a ‘Dystopia’.

Mar 3 2013

Marked Rossetti Essay


DC Rossetti essay

Mar 3 2013

Sadness – Christina Rossetti

How far do you agree an overwhelming sadness hangs over Rossetti’s poems

Throughout Rossetti’s poems a sense of ‘sadness’ is presented, this accomplished through an insight into the language used, literary techniques, the structure of the sentences and its relevance and meaning when fixed into a sentence/paragraph.

Whilst reading Rossetti’s ‘The Convent Threshold’ the idea of sadness was fairly apparent from line 60-64.
“I turn from you my cheek and eyes,
My hair which you shall see no more –
Alas for joy that went before,
For joy that dies, for love that dies!”

My personal summary, hints to the fact that these four lines signify an ‘ending’ on some form of relationship. The idea that they will not see each other no more and “love that dies” shows quite a depressed state from Rossetti.
Another possible idea is how Rossetti may have linked this concept of ‘breaking up’ or an end to something may just have been a contextual factor in her life.
This idea of a breaking up or ending is backed up when Rossetti makes a use of of repetition.
Rossetti says “For joy that dies, for love that dies!”, the use of the word ‘dies’ is repeated, this to make it stand out amongst all others in the same paragraph, also it can be taken into consideration how the word ‘dies’ is the last word used out of the four lines. This backs up the fact that Rossetti would have maybe made these words and ideas deliberately stick out, so readers could have understood her mindset at this specific point in time and the also the relevance of how an ‘end’ to something occurs.

When looking at another poem, Rossetti’s ‘A Royal Princess’ shows on a more drastic measure a depressed society.
“Men are clamouring, women, children, clamouring to be fed;
Men like famished dogs are howling in the streets for bred”
These two lines in the stanza discuss how in this specific society Rossetti is discussing how deprived this place is through families are hungry and need to be fed and the men are begging for bread which signifies begging for both food or money.
Rossetti once again brings up this idea of a place which to some extent is a dystopia, where there are lots of poor people, high rates of crime like shows in goblin market with the idea of the sister being ‘sexually abused’, and in this case the other feature of a dystopia ‘cannibalism’ which can be linked to the idea of being extremely hungry and Rossetti tries to provoke the idea to what extent humans can go on till they would eat there own.
The metaphor “Men are like famished dogs” allows Rossetti to target her readers imagination of these animal like humans who are starving and becoming savages.
The horrible concept within these lines contribute to the sad theme which hangs over Rossetti’s poems.

Rossetti’s poems propose a social factor through out and the interaction between people this normally including relationships.
Through the direct use if specific words and use if literary techniques Rossetti is able to apply a sad feeling on her readers through the ideas such as an ‘ending’ or ‘depression’
It is crucial to consistently question whether these themes are just mirrored events in her life

Mar 3 2013

The road – Life comparison

A Dystopia.. A community…People…Terror&fright.

To the average citizen in London a dystopia would be the idea of a nightmare, the place whereby dreams and hopes are crushed.

Movies in todays society such as ‘shank’ signifies a fallen government and the impacts it bas, including how deprived London has become. A Dystopia is said to have taken the form of a ‘multitude of speculations’

Movies in todays society such as ‘shank’ signifies a fallen government and the impacts it bas, including how deprived London has become.

Now taking into account the society that the man and boy live in is considered to be in a ‘post apocalyptic world’ with these changed settings and moral attitudes of the citizens. An example of the change in setting is when the boy asks his dad what colour the sea is and his dad replies “it was once blue” signifying the dumping of litter and excess amounts of pollution have changed the colour of the water. These new towns are described to be run down and urban areas have almost converted into rural ones. When taking into account other factors aswell, people are jobless, homeless and there is a constant battle for the ‘scarce’ amount of resources available, this leads on to why issues such as cannibalism occur throughout.

Whats interesting to consider is how the man sticks by his traditional values from the ‘old’ world including avoiding cannibalism and being the ‘good guys’ and also influences his son with this decision of thinking.
It enables the reader to develop the understanding of the strong character that that the man is, as he’d rather get by and die starving than do whats considered to be normal in a dystopia.

Dec 18 2012

Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti one of the finest devotional poets in the english tradition.
She was a “Poet’s poet”, an “Artist devoted to art”.
Christina Rossetti born 1830 and died in 1894, was described by many as a ‘saint’ and it was said how strongly Christina would relate her pieces of poetry very closely to religion and being spiritual; this being due to the physical and psychological crisis which she suffered and the idea which is one of her poems called ‘Hope in Grief’:

Tell me not that death of grief
Is the only sure relief,
Tell me not that hope when dead
Leaves a void that naught can fill,
Gnawings that may not be fed

This poem was entered into her notebook after her breakdown and within the context of Christina’s life understand the ‘mindset’ of Christina, this being apparent in the use of language with words such as “grief”, “dead”, “void” presenting this very alone and sad attitude and yet the contradictory terms such as “hope”, “relief” which shows a conflict and contrast of emotions.
It is very common in alot of her poems the theme of ‘women in grief’, examples being death’s chill between where a woman’s beloved dies and the second ‘Heart’s chill between’ where a woman has to face the loss of a faithless lover; these themes discuss the ideas of relationship and enables the reader to question whether a partner or relationshop played a significant role in Christina’s life.

When looking at the structure of Christina’s poems, firstly the concept of the first and last line both discussing a natural location allows the reader to gain access to a backround meaning of the poem.
The terms used in some of the poems include “waves”, “rivers”, “springs” which presents the idea of something being out human control and in this case in ‘dream-Land’ being death.
Also the high use ‘water’ related terms could possibly present the idea of something being thin and not pure and the idea of unpredictably which can relate to all of her poems and to an extent, Christina’s own life.

What i think is interesting, is that during the 19th century Christina’s poems would’ve been seen in a normal context and through the themes like these which were normally used in the poems of these times, however as an immediate impression to a modern day audience, Christina’s poems seem very dull, depressing and shows the ideas that would’ve been displayed to context such as our attachment and judgement of words such as ‘grief’.

In the poems the main character/only character is always a female and expresses opinions from a  very feminist view, this including the equality and liberty of rights for both man and woman which relates to the idea of men and women being to write just as equally as each other as Christina showed.                                                                                                                  It is also said that at the time, Christina’s writing style was disliked and to some extent questioned because of how averse it is to the orphodox style of poetry, this led to not being able to put her poetry in newspapers or magazines for a long time, and I feel it showed a very courageous and determined individual to ‘stick by her guns’ and continue on in her own way and become highly successful from it.

Goblin market was once again a poem with the kiss of a feminist on it, whilst studying in class, I noticed how key parts of the poem explore the opinions of how women can do it just as much as men can, this being where the two sisters talk about how their light can ‘shine’ just as bright.

I think Christina would be a very strong woman, with very forward and outgoing opinions, who would stick by her point and do/write what she feel’s write.

Sep 5 2012

Let the blogging begin…

Welcome to your student blog, where you will be able to use the power of technology to display the power of your mind. I cannot wait to read your postings and to communicate with you about your work. All the best, Ms Turner.