Literature in English (Exemplar Scripts)

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Sample answers Literature in English 9695/51-53

These three sample answers are for 9695 AS/AL Literature in English Paper 5. They are intended to give an idea of the range of response and the requirements at the top, middle and middle/bottom of the mark range. They are not necessarily ideal or model answers, but are chosen as being representative answers on model texts.

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Example 1 Paying close attention to language and tone, consider
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(Act 3, Scene 4, ‘Polonius: A will come straight…Queen: …thunders in the index?’) The first essay is also a passage-based answer, this time on Hamlet and Gertrude’s relationship. Here there is a solid knowledge of the context ‘first time they are seen ‘alone’ – with the candidate aware tacitly of the irony of that. This is characterised by the candidate as ‘distant, tense and cold’ because of the ‘hasty marriage’. But there is no more detailed context offered, so that the Mousetrap is ignored and the refused chance to murder the praying Claudius. There is some sense of exploring the language – the references to ‘you’ and ‘thou’ and the effect of the repetitions by Hamlet – but these do not develop into analysis of the effects. The candidate does offer other opinions on the relationship – what Gertrude is ‘scared of’ for example but these are not structured into an argument. The oedipal interpretation is mentioned but not linked to this passage very effectively and though there is a sense of the wider text at times there is no clear explanation of why this passage is significant in terms of either the relationship or the characterisation or the development of the

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