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Comparative Study - 2016 (Ordinary Level), Essential Guide


Contents 2

Comparative Study: An Overview 3

Relationships 6

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

Relationships 16

Social Setting 17

Hero, Heroine, Villain 20

Foster, Claire Keegan 21

Relationships 22

Social Setting 24

Hero, Heroine, Villain 27

A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen 28

Relationships 29

Social Setting 31

Hero, Heroine, Villain 33

The King’s Speech (Film), Tom Hooper (Dir.) 34

Relationships 35

Social Setting 36

Hero, Heroine, Villain 38

About the author 40

Comparative Study: An Overview

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...

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