Higher/Int2 – Revision Notes

From today’s class:

Practice plans
  • Identify thrust
  • Identify four possible topics/ chart progression

Thrust = Shame
  • Proctor’s shame about affair w Abigail
  • His shame that he has wronged his wife
  • Shame that his reputation is in pieces
  • Shame that he is ruining his family’s name (future, children)

Thrust = A life changing experience
  • Change – encapsulated in moment of waking with son
  • Change – poet’s innocence is restored
  • Change – light overcoming darkness
  • Change – made him realise his life was without direction

Thrust = an overthrow of power
  • Abigail’s desire for vengeance after John rejects her – gathering in the woods
  • Realisation that the town believe her covering lie – suddenly she has power over the town
  • Foolishness of the court in believing her
  • Leads to Proctor ruining his name
  • Runs away when the tide turns against her

Writing conclusions
  • Summarise main points in single sentence
  • Answer the q. directly on behalf of the audience/ reader

In this essay I have looked at the role of an extended metaphor in Don Paterson’s “The Thread”. The image of an aeroplane helps the reader to understand more clearly the two contrasting states of Jamie, the poet’s son. From his near death described as a plane crash, to his soaring strength of recovery, the image makes clear the transformation, and in doing so gives the poem a greater emotional force.

In this essay I have looked at the role of an extended metaphor in Don Paterson’s “The Thread”.

Extended metaphor is the key device in this poem by Don Paterson

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