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Copy of Introduction to Comparative 2015

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Eleanor Egan

on 13 January 2014

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Transcript of Copy of Introduction to Comparative 2015

The Comparative Mode
Spot the difference
3 Modes of Comparison
Higher Level
(i) Theme or Issue
(ii) The General Vision and Viewpoint
(iii) Literary Genre

Ordinary Level

(i) Relationships
(ii) Theme
(iii) Hero, Heroine, Villain
Theme or Issue
Romeo and Juliet?
Merchant of Venice?
Roll of Thunder?
To Kill a Mockingbird?
Hunger Games?
The Hobbit?

General Vision or Viewpoint
Look outside right now!
Literary Genre
It is essential that you learn to
your terms
The opening scene: what does it say about life and its experiences?
What do the characters in each of the texts have to say about life?
Do these viewpoints change substantially as the plot progresses?
Is there any hope expressed throughout the texts? If so, where? If not, why not?
To what extent are the characters free to make their own choices? Such freedom to manoeuvre can emphasise in the clearest fashion the overall optimism of any text.
What is the closing scene like?
What aspects of life are concentrated on and why are they seen to be so important?
Is the title significant?
Who is the narrator of this text?
How are the main characters developed?
What is the central series of events in the story and how are they organised?
What stimulates the reader to read on?
What are the key moments that create the most tension and suspense?
What is the plot and subplot and how do they ignite and sustain interest?
What is described and how is it described?
How is dialogue used?
What is the significance of the title? Does it contain social commentary?
Is the camera the narrator?
How are characters and motivation developed?
How does the acctor, the acquired persona, dramatise the moment?
What is the story and the overall direction of the plot?
Is there unity or disunity in the overall design?
What is the power of the moving image? Instant accessibility?
How are special effects (lighting and sound) used?
What is the impact of the dialogue?
The Essay
Here is how the examiner is marking you:

- Description/analysis of the text/s in the light of the modes for comparison
- Making general observations about texts in relation to each other
- Making connections between similar aspects of texts
- Recognising differences between texts
- Showing that similarities/differences need to be qualified
- Demonstrating awareness of themselves as readers, their reactions/responses/involvement. (SEC 2011)
Keep your ideas in a grid
Link Phrases
1 pt = matching
1 pt = identifying group
5 pts = writing a sentence using the word


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