This week in English we have studied ‘A Christmas Carol’ and we have looked at questions 1 and 2 of Language paper 2.
We have looked at questions 1 and 2 so far, the ‘easiest’ on the paper.
- Question 1
This question is theoretically the easiest. I say theoretically as, across all sets, we are not consistently getting 4/4!
You should read the sources for 10 minutes before starting on question 1 of paper 2. For question 1, you should spend 5 minutes at the most but make sure you read the source carefully.
- Question 2
Question 2 is purely just comparing the two sources; you should not go into language analysis. After we did a practice test, we had 3 main issues and came up with the following top tips based on them.
- Question 2 Top Tips
1. Follow SQI but not at the expense of content.
2. Make a clear link between source A and source B.
3. Make sure you answer the question, including the wording.
- Question 2 Top Tips
In English Literature, we have looked at the concepts of redemption and social injustice. We also looked at the significance of Christmas.
- Social Injustice
Social injustice is important in ‘A Christmas Carol’ and it is also a recurring theme throughout Dickens’ books. ‘A Christmas Carol’ was written by Dickens to highlight social injustice and to encourage people to help the poor in Victorian England. This was inspired by children working in mines and how Dickens faced social injustice himself earlier in his life.
‘A Christmas Carol’ is a story about a rich man’s redemption. Scrooge was designed to represent businessmen of that time to show how people can change and how it would be for the better. A quote that illustrates this is, “…and it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well”, in comparison with Scrooge’s early description of being “as solitary as an oyster”. Ironically, this redemption story was meant for the poor but was too expensive for them to buy as Dickens wanted the book to be in colour.
The setting of Christmas is significant for many reasons. One of them is to juxtapose Scrooge’s cynical behaviour with one of the happiest times of the year. Christmas also had an association with a simpler time, causing nostalgia as the industrial revolution had created power and money hungry people like Scrooge. It also widened the wage gap and Christmas was a way to escape that reality.