DNA: Phil Practice Question

Have you started to write practice essays yet? If not, now would be a great time to give it a go. Take a look at the practice question below, along with an example paragraph.

Remember, you get 30 marks for your essay, plus an extra 4 marks for technical accuracy. We’d advise you spend no more than 45 minutes on planning and writing your essay.


Explore how Phil is presented as a ruthless and manipulative gang leader.


Sample Paragraph:

Adam seems to instinctively know the strengths and weaknesses of each of the gang members. He appreciates Cathy’s desire for power and ruthless nature and gives her the gruesome task of murdering Adam. On the other hand, he senses that Lou is nervous and anxious about the dark events which are being enacted by the gang members. Realising that she is a simple follower who is beginning to panic, he ‘places a hand on her shoulder, smiles, warm, reassuring’ and says “Everything is going to be fine”. This is an unusual moment of seeming humanity and kindness that has not been seen throughout the play, despite Leah’s many desperate attempts to get some kind of attention and emotional response from Phil. This indicates that Phil is quite devious and that he knows how to manipulate people with a façade of a caring leader when it serves his purpose.