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Literary Genre in The Great Gatsby, All My Sons and I'm Not Scared for Leaving Cert Comparative #625Lab

"Authors can use various techniques to make settings real and engaging." #625Lab
The author took on the challenging literary genre question - and did so quite well! 
I have studied the novel 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the play 'All my Sons' written by Arthur Miller, and the film 'I'm Not Scared' directed by Gabriele Salvatores. From studying these texts, it is obvious that the authors employ many literary and camera techniques to make their works real and engaging.

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The tool of narration is very powerful in making a story come to life and it is one that is used well in all three texts. 'The Great Gatsby' has the first-person narrator, Nick Carraway. He is an observer of the world but also a participant in it. We see everything as filtered through his account, and so this gives rise to the question of whether we can trust him or not. The use of a first-person narrat…

The secret to writing great essays

Do you want to know a simple free lightning-fast way to improve your English grade?

Given the amount of writing you have to do for Leaving Cert English, you may as well be getting some use out of it for the future and for the all-important Results Day.

There is a secret to great writing. It's not that some people's pens just hit the paper in a more elegant way. It's not necessarily that they know more. They're not better people than you. The secret is... editing. 

Most excellent writers spend the lion's share of their time on editing. They are just better at mercilessly hacking and slashing through that first draft.

But wait, you cannot edit in the actual Leaving Cert exam. What now? 

Mmm, you can still kind of edit. In advance. No time travel required. How?

Go over your old essays. 

Not the ones that you've just written and are about to submit for correction, but old, corrected ones, ones that aren't fresh in your mind - and look out for bits that don't really make sense or sound well.  Having forgotten what you meant to say at the time, you will see your own work as if you're looking through someone else's eyes. Find just one thing that you can work on and change it for your next essay. You will be amazed at the results. 

Our #625Lab section is a good source for this kind of reflection.

Also remember these super-important tips for Leaving Cert English.

how to improve your writing for Leaving Cert English

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