Comparative Study Explained: Similarities And Differences

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Comparative Study Explained The comparative study question asks you to compare two texts under one of the following three modes of comparison. (In this case, 'compare' means point out similarities and differences.) The comparative modes for 2009 are: 1. Theme 2. Relationships 3. Social Setting You need to know your comparative text well, but not in the same level of detail as your single text. When you are reading through your text, it is a good idea to keep the modes of comparison in mind. Concentrate on key moments in each text. (The word 'moment' here can be taken to mean an entire chapter or scene.) A key moment in your text is one which illustrates or helps in the development of one of the chosen modes. A key moment may be:     …show more content…
They wear heavy make up, have elaborate, cartoon-like hairdos, and are overly concerned with outward appearances. Obsessed with winning ballroom dancing competitions, they are unable to talk about anything else. They have created an insular, claustrophobic world where outsiders are not welcome and innovation is seen as a threat. The heightened and stylised ballroom dancing world satirises aspects of Australian society. It serves as a metaphor for a particular Anglo-Australian attitude, shown here as hierarchical and conservative. The Dance Federation's obsession with rules and conformity could also be said to represent a fear of change in a part of Australian society that discourages spontaneity and creativity. Scott's crowd-pleasing steps are seen as pointless compared to the obsession with winning competitions. After Scott and Liz lose the Waratah Championships Liz is furious. Scott tries to persuade her to listen to his ideas but she is only interested in winning: Scott: I'm just asking you what you think of the steps. Liz: I don't think. I don't give a shit about them. We lost. The second world is the Toledo Milk Bar, where Fran's Spanish family lives. As recent migrants to Australia they are shown as living on the fringes of mainstream society, literally beside the railway tracks. Providing a stark contrast to the artificiality of the ballroom dancing world, their world is shown as more real. The exterior location suggests space and freedom. Characters are portrayed as more passionate and authentic than the winning-obsessed Anglo-Australians because they dance from the heart rather than from a desire to win competitions. Baz Luhrmann explains: 'The Anglo world took the Paso Doble, which is a dance of expression, and put a whole lot of rules on it, and made it about winning. Whereas in Fran's family, dancing is a tradition, it comes from life, it is an expression of life... The film tries to capture the original passion

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