Strictly Ballroom Analyses Essay

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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:      A moment of conflict. A moment of resolution. A moment which shows the chosen theme very clearly. An occurrence or description which gives us an insight into the social setting. A pivotal moment in a relationship. Key moments can overlap, one may be an illustration of both the theme and a pivotal moment in the central relationship, for example. When you are reading your comparative text, as well as keeping the modes in mind, you should think about your personal response. The examiners will be looking to see how well you engaged with the text. As you read, ask yourself:    Did I like the characters? Would I like to have lived in that time or in that place? Why? Why not? Is the theme one to which I can relate? Page 1 of 47 Aoife O'Driscoll, 2008   Do I like the way in which the author presents the theme? Do I find certain parts of the text funny or poignant or disturbing? Note: The word 'text' refers to books, films and plays. The word 'author' refers to novelists, playwrights and film directors. Theme The main theme is the main message of text, the issue or concern the writer is trying to explore. The

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