This essay is my sample response to an in-class practice activity for Paper 2 and mirrors an exam response using the two novels: As I Lay Dying and Ethan Frome. My teacher graded it a 22 out of 25 mark. The following is the prompt I responded to:
"The art of the storyteller is to hold the attention of the reader."
With reference to two works you have studied, discuss ways in which the writers have employed techniques that hold you attention.
Arthur Miller – Death of a Salesman
Reread pages 41 – 48. Examine Linda’s speeches in this section. What is her message and tone? How does this help with our understanding of the characters Biff, Happy, Will and Linda? What impact does this section have on the rest of the play?
Examine Jocasta’s entrance. What is the significance of the timing and what she said. Comment on the exchanges between Jocasta and Oedipus, lines 707 – 953.
Based on Sophocles' Oedipus Rex
Grade awarded: 6