This study guide will help you analyze the short story “Jellyfish” by Catherine Smith, which has been used for a written exam in English STX A on the 17th of May 2023. You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for interpreting it. 

If you need help with Assignments 1-3 from the STX A exam on the 17th of May 2023, you can check out our guide here.

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It is interesting to note that the language Kirsty uses differs a lot from Emily’s vocabulary. Kirsty tends to use more scientific language, which is clear right from the beginning when she discusses why onions make people cry: 

An onion's defence mechanism produces an irritating chemical, propanethial s-oxide, meant to stop the plant being consumed by pests. Once it's released, it quickly evaporates, finds its way into eyes and dissolves in the surface water to form sulphenic acid. This irritates the lacrimal - tear - gland. 

In contrast, Emily tends to use more whimsical or spiritual language, which is most clear when she talks about the lava lamp. For example, she says she sees a “headless Buddha, bumping into a detached placenta” in the shapes in the lava lamp and then explains this is “a metaphor for the life cycle and reincarnation”. 

In comparison, Kirsty focuses on the mechanics of how a lava lamp works: “As the wax blobs heat, their molecules move further apart, they become lighter, they rise. And when they reach the top, they cool, and their molecules move closer together, so they become denser, and fall.” This contrast highlights the difference in their personalities and perhaps suggests that they are not a great match.

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