PAPER 2, SECTION BPREPARING FOR THE UNSEEN EXTRACT
THE QUESTION WILL LOOK LIKE THIS:Explore the significance of X in this extract. Remember to include in your answer relevant detailed analysis of the ways that Y shapes meanings.Whereby X is a theme found in modern literature and Y is the author! It will ALWAYS be prose…
What theme might you be asked to explore?Although not an exhaustive list of aspects of modern times, areas that can usefully be explored include:•Wars and the legacy of wars; •personal and social identity; •changing morality and social structures;•Gender, class, race and ethnicity; •political upheaval and change; •resistance and rebellion; •imperialism,•Post-imperialism and nationalism; Remember: The key theme explored in the extract will form part of the critical viewpoint of your Streetcar/Handmaids question! It will be a familiar theme!
How are meanings shaped in prose?Write about:•Narrative structure•Time and Place•Characterisation•Point of ViewThe following approaches are from the exam spec and as such relate to whole texts and not just the unseen extract. Many cannot be fully explored in the extract – just go for the relevant and the apt!
How are meanings created in prose?Narrative structure:Explore how the events in a prose text are organised. Exploration might include: •Simple chronology, framed narratives, use of flashbacks, cyclical structure, shifts in time and place, use of multiple narrators, foreshadowing, analeptic/proleptic narrative, stream of consciousness •Episodic novel, epistolary structure, autobiographical or diary form •