“Predictably unpredictable.” In a season of first decades, Galapagos Islands and vaccine industries, there was little by way of curveballs for both Lit papers.
While I was expecting broad concepts and terms in relation to the mind and self, the paper still surprised with the broadness of ‘self-understanding’, ‘preoccupation’ and ‘consciousness of self’ which truth be told, really could apply to almost any interpretation of the mind and self. Here are my thoughts on the questions and possible approaches to the three sections:– Continue reading “Thoughts on 2019 A-Level Paper 3”
This post is as much for the JC2s as it is for the JC1s, which is to say we are reviewing a JC2 Prelim question and preparing the JC1s for the upcoming Promos. The JC1s have spent many a lecture (and tutorial) going through expository cause-and-consequence questions, starting from our review of the MYE question on Martha as a ‘victim of her own expectations’ and concluding with a practice question on ‘a sense of fulfilment or lack of it affecting an individual’s identity.’ For both cohorts, we will elaborate once more on the question requirements and how to approach the question below.
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3 hours, 3 questions. Each section in the paper carries equal marks. We generally recommend you scan through all three sections once you are permitted to do so and start with the unseen. If you are flummoxed by the unseen, move onto the set texts and you can return to the unseen in a calmer state of mind. 😉
- Section A – Paper 3 Unseen, choose either (a) drama excerpt or (b) poem.
- Section B – Paper 3 Woman in Mind, choose one essay question from two.
- Section C – Paper 1 Measure for Measure, choose either (a) essay or (b) passage-based question.
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In this follow-up post to Selfisms, we explore the concept of defence mechanisms and the projected self in more detail, via John Yorke’s study of Character Individuation in Into the Woods: a Five Act Journey into Story.
Characters create facades to mask the things they fear inside – we all do. A character’s facade, then, is an outer manifestation of an inner conflict. Faced with extreme stress some characters will laugh, others will cry, some will intellectualise, some may punish others. It’s a cornerstone of characterisation, but it’s a centrepiece of psychological theory too.
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With the fourth post caught in mental traffic congestion, this fifth post in our Mind and Self series consolidates the various concepts of the self we have learned this semester. If you haven’t already, catch up on our first post on Piecing the Mind and Self and an early discussion of the social self in The Space Within Us.
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In this third volume of our Mind and Self series, I’m about to tell you an ugly story about two of our Paper 3 texts – their calculated violence, cruel intentions and dangerous consequences. Just why do Susan and Martha harm others… and themselves?
Continue reading “#3 Dangerous Liaisons”
In this second attempt at understanding the mind and self, we leap onto the concepts of space and others — to peer into the construction ‘social selves’, and to see how we are never ourselves by our own definition, as we also witness in Philip Larkin’s ‘Mr Bleaney’.
Continue reading “#2 The Space Within Us”
The first in a series of explorations on the topic of the mind and self, this post fires and wires the foundations of the topic itself – the mind and self, and how they are or are not inextricable from each other.
Continue reading “#1 Piecing the Mind and Self”