Before you start writing your essay, you should spend five or ten minutes reading the extract, highlighting / underlining anything you feel is important and planning what you will write. Think about how you can break down your answer into logical paragraphs.
A good approach to begin with is to highlight any language or narrative techniques which relate to the key terms of the question. In the sample question the key terms you must think about are ‘the character’s feelings and reactions’, ‘how other characters react towards them’ and ‘the writer’s use of language, structure and form’.
Make sure you address each of these three areas and use the key terms throughout your essay. This helps to keep your answer focused as you create your argument.
Here are some questions which may guide your reading of this extract.
It is also important to include comments on the effects of the writer’s craft and the use of language and stylistic devices. Here are some ideas to look for:
You should use short quotations from the extract to support your ideas.