Comparative Study - Ordinary Level, Essential Revision Guide
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
Previous “Relationships” Questions 8
Previous “Theme” Questions 11
Hero, Heroine, Villain 12
Previous “Hero, Heroine, Villain” Questions 13
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald 15
Hero, Heroine, Villain 22
Foster, Claire Keegan 23
Hero, Heroine, Villain 29
A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen 30
Hero, Heroine, Villain 35
The King’s Speech (Film), Tom Hooper (Dir.) 36
Hero, Heroine, Villain 41
About the author 43
- 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.
- 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
- 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)
- 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 ...