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A very effective essay which addresses the question in detail and shows a balanced appraisal of the key characters. *****
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Quality of writing
The structure here is very strong. The introduction is cogent, and there is a clear conclusion. Each paragraph has a clear signpost which relates back to the question, allowing for a set of focused points which do not overlap or repeat anything. Technical and literary terms are used fluently in the analysis, and spelling, punctuation and grammar are flawless. The style is sophisticated, and shows a strong ability to craft an argument. This essay is superb!
Level of analysis
The analysis here is superb. Language is always analysed closely, looking at meanings beyond feature spotting. It is key at A-Level to look at the significance of meanings, rather than simply pointing out techniques. This essay does this well, for example "Williams uses this motif to symbolise her escape from reality" shows an understanding of the technique, and then explains its significance to the play. I liked how there is a focus on Blanche's appearance on stage, as many people simply ignore stage directions and appearance. This comes under context of reception, and such analysis will gain credit. I particularly liked the style here, with a constant reference to Williams' aims. Phrases such as "Williams uses" or "Williams makes" shows a clear understanding of the importance of his constructs, and doesn't talk about the characters as if they make their own decisions! Such style allows for a convincing argument, as there is a clear focus on the audience response beyond the analysis. Technical terms regarding tragedy are used fluently such as "catharsis of terror", and this paragraph in particular is very sophisticated. The progression of tragedy is tracked, and the audience's response to Blanche's tragic fall. Being able to show a clear awareness of the play's purpose beyond specific extracts will gain credit.
Response to question
This essay engages superbly with the task. Although the question seems quite cryptic, this essay is able to pose a strong argument saying that Blanche's tragedy is caused by her misunderstanding and not Stanley. A clear definition of tragedy is used in the introduction, allowing for an argument which is focused on these qualities. I liked how there is a sustained focus on audience response, as is vital when writing about a play as it shows an understanding of the context of reception. The conclusion is slightly weak, in contrast to the rest of the essay, as it simply summarises the points made rather than making a perceptive insight.