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Comparative Study - Ordinary Level, Essential Revision Guide


Contents 2

Comparative Study: An Overview 4

What is the comparative section all about? 4

This year’s comparative modes… 4

This year’s texts/films 4

How do I approach it? 4

How do I link the texts? 4

How do I structure my response? 5

What should to be in my answer? 6

Relationships 7

Previous “Relationships” Questions 8

Theme 10

Previous “Theme” Questions 11

Hero, Heroine, Villain 12

Previous “Hero, Heroine, Villain” Questions 13

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald 15

Relationships 16

Theme 17

Hero, Heroine, Villain 22

Foster, Claire Keegan 23

Relationships 24

Theme 26

Hero, Heroine, Villain 29

A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen 30

Relationships 31

Theme 33

Hero, Heroine, Villain 35

The King’s Speech (Film), Tom Hooper (Dir.) 36

Relationships 37

Theme 38

Hero, Heroine, Villain 41

About the author 43

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
  • Theme: 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
  • 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 ...

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