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Shipwreck story.

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IGCSE English Coursework Locked in The yellow vomit episode wasn't over yet. The wild and the unpredicted ocean left no mercy on me. Me being one of the most experienced sailors felt seasick like never before. A few years back, a ship lead by me, carrying over a 100 passengers rammed into an ice block. One piece of ice block stole away my peace and happiness. That was probably my most horrid and memorable night. Regrettably the rescue boats rescued everyone and then...I missed a breath! How could they go without me? It's my ship! I was unable to sleep that night, as the thought of staying alone, starving and dyeing couldn't let me rest. For a moment I thought of committing suicide but that would have been a very weak act and anyways I always believed in facing problems without any fear. ...read more.

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My plan was to dismantle the ship and probably build a small compact motorboat out of it. I tried my best till I had life cause I had definitely decided that I had to do it! After those days of day and night hard work my motorboat was finally ready! But it was useless as the most important part needed for the boat to sale was destroyed when my ship hit the ice block. God knows why all this is happening to me! I felt that I was the unluckiest person on earth. Every morning I wished someone would come to help me but no one ever showed up. For my past time I had scratched a smiley face in the wall whom I communicated with, though it is really childish I had no other source of entertainment! ...read more.

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But in spite of everything they did for me I always let them down, I could never do anything in life what the wished me to. After so many years I actually felt the need for my parents, I wish I could meet them now and become the best child ever but its all over now, I feel so miserable! I wasn't only locked in physically but also locked in mentally. My mind was out of focus and I just couldn't control my emotions. Next morning when I woke up it was pouring and I kind of started feeling seasick due to which I felt very uneasy. The uneasiness later changed into vomiting. And the moment I looked up the sight that I saw scared me out of my wits... A giant shark loomed large... ...read more.

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The answer here is a response to a Writing to Describe task, whereby candidate must describe an experience or devise a short creative piece under examination conditions. The story here is of a shipwreck and the candidate has chosen to ...

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The answer here is a response to a Writing to Describe task, whereby candidate must describe an experience or devise a short creative piece under examination conditions. The story here is of a shipwreck and the candidate has chosen to document the life of a shipwrecked man trying to build a secondary boat from the remains of his last in order to escape the island he has landed on. There is a consistent awareness of the piece, with plenty of internal thoughts conveyed to the reader, though I would challenge the authenticity of the character and his thoughts - they seem very disjointed and inconsistent within themselves. When creating a character, it is always good to understand their mindset and how they might approach something like a shipwreck - would an "experienced sailor" really be scared of a shark if they're on the land? It is imperative the characters are maintained and they do not "slip out of character", as it were, as this shows a lack of planning and care for the consistency of the narrative.

Level of analysis

The Level of Description here is good, but a lot of it is an explanation about what has happened/will happen to the shipwrecked man. Quite unfortunately, there is not much description though where there is description, is very good. I like the use of metaphors and similes, and the use of emotive language ("Today I realized what a ship wreck really is and how it feels to be locked in"). I would perhaps like to see a more convincing story though, and also where the candidate attempts to bring reality to the character (the comments about suicide aren't really necessary, and the candidate should seek other ways of applying sailor characteristics to their character, perhaps with field-specific language like certain knot names and naval lexis). In doing this the candidate would create a more rounded character and the description will come easier, as the lines between the candidate imagination and the (necessary) restriction that the character would present would be clearer.

Quality of writing

The Quality of Written Communication (QWC) is quite poor. It is sad to see such an exciting plot hampered by poor QWC. There are many, many grammatical inconsistencies such as "anyways I always believed in facing problems without any fear" and "A few years back, a ship lead by me, carrying over a 100 passengers rammed into an ice block". Also, there is a misuse of language like "dyeing" instead of "dying". This must be addressed and I can only stress how important it is that candidates read and re-read their answers as they write them, to ensure clarity in conveying what they wish to say.


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