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AQA English Language Unseen Fiction Reading Anthology | Life and Relationships Part 2

Richard Gent | Monday November 23, 2015

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Language 2015, Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, Paper 1: Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing Schemes

Paper One

Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing

Introduction

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  • AQA English Language Unseen Fiction Reading | Life and Relationships Part 1

‘The aim of this paper is to engage students in a creative text, reading a literature fiction text in order to consider how established writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to capture the interest of readers’.

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This extract is from Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

This extract looks at a futuristic society and reproductive technology.

A squat grey building of only thirty-four stories.
Over the main entrance the words, CENTRAL LONDON HATCHERY AND CONDITIONING CENTRE, and, in a shield, the World State’s motto, COMMUNITY, IDENTITY, STABILITY.
The enormous room on the ground floor faced towards the north. Cold for all the summer beyond the panes, for all the tropical heat of the room itself, a harsh thin light glared through the windows, hungrily seeking some draped lay figure, some pallid shape of academic goose-flesh, but finding only the glass and nickel and bleakly shining porcelain of a laboratory. Wintriness responded to wintriness. The overalls of the workers were white, their hands gloved with a pale corpse-coloured rubber. The light was frozen, dead, a ghost. Only from the yellow barrels of the microscopes did it borrow a certain rich and living sub-stance, lying along the polished tubes like butter, streak after luscious streak in long recession down the work tables.
“And this,? said the Director opening the door, “is the Fertilizing Room.?
Bent over their instruments, three hundred Fertilizers were plunged, as the Director of Hatcheries and Conditioning entered the room, in the scarcely breathing silence, the absent-minded, soliloquizing hum or whistle, of absorbed concentration. A...


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