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A Guide to The French Lieutenant’s Woman

mandy_lloyd | Monday January 30, 2012

Categories: Hot Entries, Prose, The French Lieutenant's Woman, AQA A Level, EDEXCEL A Level, EDEXCEL A Level English Literature, 6ET01, AQA A Level English Literature A, LITA4


AQA A Literature | Unit LITA4: ‘Literary Connections’

This novel can be chosen as a coursework text for this A2 unit.

Below is a summary of the AQA Assessment Objectives. The guide focuses on the techniques Fowles used when writing his novel, including what are called his ‘postmodern’ techniques. There are also two worked essay examples to show how you might achieve high marks in this unit.

The Assessment Objectives

It’s important thing to be aware of the assessment objectives for your piece of work or exam paper. If you know them then you will know what the examiners will be looking for when they award you marks.


  • AO1 checks how successfully you write; and that means using a clear and fluent style that is argumentative as well as being able to use an appropriate critical vocabulary. If you struggle to create a clear argument in your essays – ask your teacher for help. It’s too important to miss this key AO. The AO also demands an informed answer that shows excellent knowledge of the novel and is focused on the actual question.


  • AO2 checks if you know how writers write successfully; and this means that you’ll need to know what makes up the different aspects of the novel, especially aspects of narrative (plot and themes) but also related aspects of form, structure and language and how each one creates and shapes both meaning and – importantly – emotion and feeling in the reader.


  • AO3 checks if you recognize that different readers might arrive at a different interpretation of the novel – and, because this is a literary text, how alternative interpretations can arise.


  • AO4 checks if you know how context affects both the creation of the text as well as its likely reception and interpretation. This means looking for how the text reveals aspects of a range of contextual (historical and cultural) factors with specific, detailed links between context/texts/task.

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