Final Exam Preparation: Paper 2. English Language and Literature Year 1. Paper 2. Six questions about literature Six HL questions Six SL questions Choose the right questions!! Language B: 6-8 personal response questions Based on Part III: Literature in Context
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English Language and Literature Year 1
G. B. Shaw, Pygmalion
F.S. Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
B. Schlink, The Reader, translated Carol Brown Janeway
in ten minutes
Instantly eliminate any question that you think you cannot do.
Look for questions that appear logical and straight-forward
Look for topics that work well with the Part III works we have studied
PrioritizeTWO questions that you think you could tackle
Mrs. Pearce – Pygmalion, reveals Higgins’s character
Jordan Baker – The Great Gastby, foil to Daisy
Sophie the girlfriend – The Reader, foil to Hanna
Michael’s father – The Reader, advances theme
Michael’s mother – The Reader, character development for Michael
Kaparthy – Pygmalion , foil to Higgins
Clara – Pygmalion, foil to Eliza
The prison warden – The Reader, advances plot
How could I turn my brainstorming and patterns into a thesis?
Authors often use minor characters to achieve several different purposes: achieving indirect characterization, serving as character foils to major characters, and advancing plot and theme.
Once you have a great thesis statement that outlines reasons, then your essay writes itself.
Obviously you can’t include quotations
Be as specific and concrete as you can
Start with a main point and then give the example
Example: One of the major functions of a minor character is to act as a foil to a major character. In Shaw’s Pygmalion, Kaparthy fills this role perfectly. Karpathyexudes the charm and social niceties that Higgins lacks, thus highlighting Higgins’s character. However, Karpathy also teaches English for financial gain; he admits to blackmailing the Greek ambassador. This is clearly distasteful to Higgins and demonstrates that while Higgins can be a bully, his motives are pure – or at least less self-serving. Despite being a minor character, Karpathy’s role in the play portrays a successful foil to a major character. Similarly, Jordan Baker from …