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How Many Miles To Babylon By Jennifer Johnston, Comparative Study Essential Guide

Contents

Comparative Study: An Overview 2

How many miles to Babylon? Jennifer Johnston 5

Character Analysis: 6

Theme or Issue 8

The General Vision and Viewpoint 9

Literary Genre 9

Cultural Context 10

Sample Answers 11

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…

  • Theme or Issue: The main message(s) that the writer wants to share with the reader and/or with the world; an issue that is presented within the text/film.
  • The General Vision and Viewpoint: What is the tone of the text or film? What is the author or director’s outlook on life?
  • Literary Genre: How is the story told? Genre; imagery; symbolism; narrative; structure; characterisation.
  • Cultural Context: Consideration of the historical and social setting. Think about how the society can affect the characters behaviour and opportunities. How does the culture shape beliefs and attitudes towards issues in the text/film?

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 reflects 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, settings, or relationships.

How do I link the texts?

  • A good tool used to link ideas in writing is a linking device. These are words are phrases that can help you combine thoughts or ideas.
    • To express similarity: equally, likewise, similarly, in the same way/manner/fashion, also, both, each, like
    • To express contrast: h...

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