Each time I scroll back through what I’ve written, or planned, so far, I become steadily more convinced of its brilliance.What started off as a scribbled note in the margin, something extra to think about or to pop in if it could be made to fit the argument, sometimes comes to be backbone of a whole essay – so, when a tutor tells me my inspired paragraph about Ted Hughes’s interpretation of mythology isn’t relevant to my essay on Keats, I fail to see why. And an examiner would probably be happy not to read yet another answer that makes exactly the same points.How does Shakespeare figure the supernatural in Macbeth?
It’s not actually that important how original you are, how compelling your writing is, how many ideas you get down, or how beautifully you can express yourself (though of course, all these things do have their rightful place).
What you’re doing, essentially, is using a limited amount of time and knowledge to really answer a question.
The second group are asking you to evaluate, constructing an argument that decides whether, and how far something is true.
Good examples of hypotheses (which your essay would set out to prove) for these questions are: The final question asks you to respond to a quotation.
However, the detail of the phrasing of the question will significantly affect the way you write your essay.
You would draw on similar material to address the following questions: Discuss Shakespeare’s representation of the three witches in Macbeth.
And it’s a real shame to work hard on something, have good ideas, and not get the marks you deserve.
Writing a top essay is a very particular and actually quite simple challenge.
Students tend to find these sorts of questions the most difficult to answer, but once you’ve got the hang of them I think the title does most of the work for you – often implicitly providing you with a structure for your essay.
The first step is breaking down the quotation into its constituent parts- the different things it says.