Literature should be about someone who can write. It should be judged on the impact a piece of writing has on you as the reader. This is something the A-level misses.
Love through the Ages is the topic of the coursework we had to do. I chose to write a piece focused on infatuation presented through Wuthering Heights, Othello and Carol Anne Duffy’s poems; Devil’s Wife and Pygmalion’s bride. Right, so this is a hard topic to focus on, I wanted to challenge. I wanted to showcase that I could write with depth and really nail points which are not obvious. Throughout my coursework, I slaved and struggled. I had to make infatuation a reflection of love, and this was incredibly hard. There was no help on the internet, it was just me and the texts.
I did 5 drafts. I got a C. People who wrote about romance, sexual tension, dominance and strains in relationships all got better grades than me. Now, here’s my problem, I chose a much harder title, I chose to challenge my self, I chose to not go down the easy route but I did not get praise. My essay was to an excellent standard. It reads well and is insightful. All I am complaining about is that fact that why should I be graded lower than someone who chose romance?
There should be a mark for the question chosen. People who choose what I consider to be the ‘harder’ question should be recognised for attempting to not write a piece about obvious topics relatively well then get an A.
I can link my essay, but it is 3,000 words. It’s worth a read to tell me what you think and whether you agree.