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Comparative Study - Higher Level, Essential Revision Guide


Contents 1

Comparative Study: An Overview 2

Theme or Issue 4

Previous “Theme or Issue” Questions 5

The General Vision and Viewpoint 6

Previous “General Vision and Viewpoint” Questions 7

Literary Genre 8

Previous “Literary Genre” Questions 9

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald 10

Theme or Issue 11

The General Vision and Viewpoint 16

Literary Genre 19

Foster, Claire Keegan 23

Theme or Issue 24

The General Vision and Viewpoint 27

Literary Genre 30

A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen 33

Comparative Study: An Overview 36

A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen 41

Character Analysis: 44

The General Vision and Viewpoint 46

The King’s Speech (Film), Tom Hooper (Director) 50

Theme or Issue 51

The General Vision and Viewpoint 55

Literary Genre 57

About the author 59

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
  • The General Vision and Viewpoint: What is the tone of the text? What is the author or director’s outlook on life?
  • Literary Genre: How is the story told? Genre; imagery; symbolism; narrative; structure; characterisation

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 o...

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