Comparative Study - 2016 (Ordinary Level), Essential Guide
Comparative Study: An Overview 3
Previous “Relationships” Questions 7
Social Setting 9
Previous “Social Setting” Questions 10
Hero, Heroine, Villain 12
Previous “Hero, Heroine, Villain” Questions 13
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald 15
Social Setting 17
Hero, Heroine, Villain 20
Foster, Claire Keegan 21
Social Setting 24
Hero, Heroine, Villain 27
A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen 28
Social Setting 31
Hero, Heroine, Villain 33
The King’s Speech (Film), Tom Hooper (Dir.) 34
Social Setting 36
Hero, Heroine, Villain 38
About the author 40
What is the comparative section all about?
- In this section of the exam, you must prepare three texts for examination.
- There are three possible comparative modes, of which two will appear on the exam.
This year’s comparative modes…
- Relationships: connections between characters
- Social Setting: The world of the text and its values; context of the writer (gender, race, class, family, power)
- Hero, Heroine, Villain: Who is the “good” character and who is “bad” and how do these characters affect the plot
This year’s texts/films
- The texts/films that will be covered in this study guide include:
- Novel: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby
- Short story: Claire Keegan’s Foster
- Play: Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House
- Film: The King’s Speech (Director: Tom Hooper)
How do I approach it?
- Remember, this section is about comparing and contrasting (finding similarities and differences) between multiple texts. You must ensure that your response reflect this.
- In choosing which question to answer, ensure that you will be able to compare multiple works within the realm of the answer. It is not enough to strongly analyse one and ignore the comparison aspect of the assessment.
- Be sure to look at key moments within the texts/films. These will be strong points that will build your analyses. A key moment may be a conflict, resolution, or a moment that highlights themes, sett...