Developing Points of English

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AS English Literature
Essay Technique
Developing Points in English Essays

Here is the easiest way you can build/up/develop/expand your points. 1. Basic point
* Bottom is a fool.
2. Express your point more tentatively
* It might be said that Bottom is a fool.
3. Qualify your basic point:

Note: what does qualify your basic point mean?Qualifying a statement means saying to what extent or how/in what way something is….what it is. Consider how the following qualifications of the basic statement “Darling you’re lovely” subtly alter its meaning? * Darling you’re sometimes so lovely * Darling you’re sometimes almost lovely * Darling you’re sometimes quite lovely * Darling you’re always so lovely * Darling you’re always quite lovely * Darling you’re almost always almost lovely. * Darling you’re so lovely on Tuesdays * Darling you’re so lovely when you’re lovelyFun, eh?|

So, for MND we could say
* Generally, it might be said that Bottom is presented as a fool in MND. 4. Support the point
* Generally, it might be said that Bottom is presented as a fool in MND. In his first appearance he ridiculously wants to play all the parts: “Let me play the lion too!” 5. Analyse the way the text is presented.

* Generally, it might be said that Bottom is presented as a fool in MND. In his first appearance he ridiculously wants to p-lay all the parts: “Let me play Thisbe!” The exclamation makes him sound very childish. 6. Rephrase – alter key words to more precisely/ differently express your point. * Generally, it might be said that Bottom is presented as a fool in MND. In his first appearance he ridiculously wants to play all the parts: “Let me playThisbe too!” The exclamation makes him sound childishly egocentric. 7. Make links/ comparisons; notice patterns: how is this bit of the text like/ unlike others? * Generally, it might be said that Bottom is presented as a fool in MND. In his first appearance he ridiculously wants to play all the parts: “Let me play Thisbe too!” The exclamation makes him sound very childishly egocentric. This impression is reinforced twenty lines later when he says “Let me play the lion too!” 8. What is the significance/ meaning/ role of the bit you’ve quoted in the text as a whole? What does it contribute? * Generally, it might be said that Bottom is presented as a fool in MND. In his first appearance he ridiculously wants to play all the parts: “Let me play Thisbe too!” The exclamation makes him sound very childishly egocentric. This impression is reinforced twenty lines later when he says “Let me play the lion too! His desire to perform different roles anticipates his extraordinary real transformation into a donkey later on in the play). 9. Imagine you’re wrong: how could you read the evidence differently, or what different evidence would change your point * “Generally, it might be said that Bottom is presented as a fool in MND. In his first appearance he ridiculously wants to play all the parts: “Let me play Thisbe too!” The exclamation makes him sound very childishly egocentric. This impression is reinforced twenty lines later when he says “Let me play the lion too! His desire to perform different roles anticipates his extraordinary real transformation into a donkey later on in the play. However although he is clearly a fool he is the only mortal character in the play who is wooed by a goddess.” 10. Evaluate what you’re saying. To what extent, how strongly does your evidence support your argument. * “Generally, it might usefully be said that Bottom is presented as a fool in MND. In his first appearance he ridiculously wants to play all the parts: “Let me play Thisbe too!” The exclamation makes him sound very childishly egocentric. This impression is strongly reinforced twenty lines later when he says “Let me play the lion too! His desire to perform different roles clearly anticipates...
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