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1 Vernon Scannell Essay Task Exploring the theme of guilt
2 The essay task:Discuss how the theme of guilt is explored in either ‘A Case of Murder’ or ‘Nettles’. You should refer to the use of poetic techniques in your essay.
3 Introduction Introduce the poem & poet Explain what your essay is aboutExplain briefly what the poem is about
4 Reference to guilt in the poems: A Case of MurderNettlesThe boys reaction once he has killed the catThe boy’s parents feel bad because their son is very hurt and upsetThe fact that the boy cannot look at, or touch, the dead catThey don’t feel as though they can protect himThe dead cat in the cupboard grows bigger and gets louder in the boy’s head, representing his guiltNo matter what they do, bad things will keep happeningThe boy hides the dead cat in the cupboardThe boy is very young and vulnerable and can’t protect himselfThe boy was left home alone and is only 9 years old, so his parents should feel guiltyThe nettles are vicious and strong.
5 How the theme of guilt develops: A Case of MurderNettlesThe young boy is left alone, aged 9 & vulnerableThe little boy is only 3 and vulnerableThe nettles are harsh and they hurt himHe hates the catHe lashes out without thinking of the consequencesHe is too young to know to avoid themHis parents are left feeling guilty as they were unable to protect himHe is left feeling guilty about what he has done
6 POINT > EVIDENCE > COMMENT Main Body of EssayYou need to go through the poem, line by line, and pick out quotes which you can link to the theme of guilt.POINT > EVIDENCE > COMMENTThe boy’s father feels bad about what has happened to his son and reacts angrily: “I took my billhook, honed the blade / And went outside and slashed in fury with it.” The word ‘fury’ shows us just how upset the father was feeling about the hurt his son had experienced. ‘Slashed’ also suggests a violent, aggressive reaction and again conveys the strength of the father’s emotion.