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Symbolism in Mr. Pip. e.g. 2011 ESSAY TOPIC Analyse how symbols are used to develop an idea in a text you have studied Keywords To Note: symbols is plural.

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1 Symbolism in Mr. Pip

2 e.g ESSAY TOPIC Analyse how symbols are used to develop an idea in a text you have studied Keywords To Note: symbols is plural and an idea is singular * To develop = expand, explore, examine

3 Symbols e.g. The island (Bougainville) is a symbolic setting.

4 It is like the biblical Garden of Eden

5 The Bible Story The Garden of Eden is a paradise for Adam and Eve until the snake convinces Eve to eat an apple from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, breaking God’s rule against it. Eve shares the apple with Adam and they are overcome with shame and remorse. God drives them from the garden forever.

6 Because the island … Is a perfect place where food is bountiful Islanders live happily and innocently Until: The arrival of corruption and evil (like the snake in the biblical Garden of Eden) the exploitation of the copper mine, then the redskins bring violence, death and misery This knowledge drives Matilda from the island

7 Idea Developed The journey from innocence to knowledge and experience e.g. Matilda begins as an innocent girl but by the end has a more experienced view of human nature and life. This includes disillusionment and suffering but also she now has a better understanding of where she belongs and herself.

8 Your essay plan Intro – outline Garden of Eden symbol and idea of innocence to experience Body 1 The island as a Garden of Eden – innocence idea. Give evidence Body 2 The increasing encroachment of evil on the village Body 3 Matilda leaves only to discover that she wants to return Conclusion

9 Symbol 2: Books / The Written Word A book

10 Idea Represents the idea of the power of literature or the written word to change lives How it is developed -the book GE introduces the class to a whole new world - provides Matilda with the idea you can change your life -Changing home, changing names - The Bible v GE and Dolores - catalyst for confusion then violence -Dolores as God’s Witness - limits of literature as a guide v reality

11 Possible Essay Plan Intro: identify the symbols and the idea Body 1 the effect of GE on Matilda and her classmates Body 2 The Bible v Great Expectations, Dolores v Mr. Watts Body 3 The dangers/limitations of literature Conclusion


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