English

General Vision and Viewpoint: What to compare

What you need to compare: whether the texts you are studying reveal a bright or dark outlook on life. Subject matter that reveals a bright/dark outlook – examine what the texts focus on; is it a commentary of some sort, does it symbolize something else – what is the story… Continue Reading →

Cultural Context Sample Answer: ‘The main characters in texts are often in conflict with the world or culture they inhabit.’

‘The main characters in texts are often in conflict with the world or culture they inhabit.’ In the light of the above statement, compare how the main characters interact with the cultural contexts of the texts you have studied for your comparative course. Texts naturally focus on how characters react… Continue Reading →

Cultural Context: Influence of Authority

I’m not Scared Individuals do not respect figures of authority in the text, emphasized by the breakdown of the parent-child relationship which conventionally centers on the child’s respect for their elder. Michele’s father attempts to cement his and other adults’ authority so as to keep control his son, however Michele… Continue Reading →

Cultural Context: Attitudes To The Family Unit

Below is an example of how material is taken from three text, ‘Macbeth’, ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ and ‘I’m Not Scared’ so as to form paragraph topics for the three comparative genres in the 2013-14 Leaving Certificate English curriculum. I’m not Scared The family unit is not prioritized… Continue Reading →