Higher English Critical Essay Paper

A disappointing ending carries more weight than it is worth. You know what it is like when you watch a film or read a book. You have really enjoyed the film or the book, then you get to the end and you find that the ending is obvious, or too quick, or badly done for whatever reason. You feel really disappointed! In fact you’re so disappointed that it can ruin the whole book or film.

Well, it can be sort of similar with conclusions for Higher English critical essays whether it is drama, poetry or prose. An examiner can really enjoy and admire your essay for all the skills it shows, however an underwhelming conclusion will leave them deflated and disappointed. You’ll still get credit for all the good things you did; but not the credit you might have gotten. Crucially, you don’t want the examiner to be in a negative mindset when they grade your paper. Unlike Maths, in English, an examiner has to go with a gut feeling, based on experience, about an essay, and it’s more art than science, and feelings play a part in that. So, having a good feeling about an essay is a good thing.

How do you avoid the negativity of a bad conclusion. Follow these steps:

  1. State clearly what your essay has done to show you’ve been focused
  2. Summarise very briefly the points you have covered in your essay
  3. Try to finish on a high showing thought and emotion

How do you finish on a high? Write what you’ve learned about the time period the text was set in, or what you’ve learned about the themes and issues involved in the text…OR….you could write about what every English teacher in their heart secretly desires: how the text they put in front of you in a boring, old classroom is actually relevant to you, society and the world out there. The text isn’t just existing in a vacum; it has meaning, to you and to the world. Every English teacher dreams that that is true, and in your essay you can turn that dream in to a reality by saying why.

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The almond tree is rife with biblical meanings. Moses’ brother, Aaron, carried a rod cut from an almond tree. When almond blossoms and leaves suddenly sprouted on the rod, this miracle was attributed as a sign that God had chosen Aaron and his tribe to be His priests. Almonds were mentioned often in the Bible, possibly because they are native to the Middle East and would have been widely available during biblical times.

Priestly Meaning

During the many years in the wilderness, the people of the Lord quarreled between themselves trying to determine who should be the priests and directly serve God. So, representatives of all 12 tribes brought their rods and placed them within the tabernacle. The next day, when Moses went into the tabernacle, he discovered that Aaron’s rod which was cut from an almond tree had miraculously burst into flowers. This meant that God had chosen Aaron and his family, from the tribe of Levites, to be His priests.

Old Age

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In Ecclesiastes, the almond is indicative of old age. This is an apt description since the almond bursts into flowers in late winter—and winter is often considered anthropomorphically as an old man. The almond blooms are borne on naked stems before the leaves emerge, and the old blossoms often look like white snowflakes when they fall to the ground.

Watchful Tree

The almond tree is also referred to as a “watchful” tree by the Prophet Jeremiah when he talks to God in a vision. Yahweh asks Jeremiah what he sees and Jeremiah mentions that he sees “a branch of an almond tree.” Yahweh answers: “You have seen well: for I keep watch over my word to give effect to it” (Jer.1:11-12).

Rod of Authority

In their book “Rod of an Almond Tree in God’s Master Plan,” Peter Michas and Robert Vander Maten propose that the Rod of Authority made from the Tree of Life was passed down through the ages by the biblical patriarchs. Eventually, King David planted it and centuries later it formed the cross on which Jesus was crucified. They believe that Revelation 22:2 states that the relic of the cross will reappear and flower. This will be a sign of God’s authority just as it was in the days of Aaron.

 

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