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GCSE English Literature Student’s Guide to An Inspector Calls

Shirley Bierman | Thursday November 22, 2018

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Focusing on the analysis of form, structure and language

For any text you study for your GCSE English Literature coursework, controlled assessments or exam, to gain a high grade, the exam board’s mark scheme requires you to analyse and discuss effective aspects of form, structure and language. Many teachers call this “FSL?. In practice, most students cope well with analysing and discussing the useful effects created by language choices; but many struggle with discussing the effects of structure; and many more with discussing the effects created by choices of form. This guide sets out to help – and does so through a focus on a popular play, J B Priestley’s An Inspector Calls.

When you analyse a text looking at form, structure or language, for any essay completed either for exam or controlled assessment, you will need to refer to the effects the writer has set out to create, the methods used to try to create these and the reasons why, that is, the writer’s intended purposes. This adds a second useful “triplet? to the F>S>L one mentioned above; now we have also E>M>P; and both of these likely bring to mind a third: “P>E>E? (or the identical P>Q>C as some of you might use).

  1. Effects > Method > Purposes
  2. Form > Structure > Language
  3. Point > Evidence > Explanation (Point > Quotation > Comment)

The “effects? our mind is alert to when we hear or read language are ones created by the writer’s choice of word or phrase (i.e. a language choice) and the way the word is used (i.e. its meaning, as well – perhaps – as the effects created by what it looks like on the page and/ or what it sounds like). The effects that matter to your essay or exam answer are those that help you answer whatever the essay or exam question is.

Form is what we say things in the world have, and when we use the word in everyday contexts, we usually refer to what we see – that is, shape. The form of a ball, for example, would be said to be...


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