Before you think about 'how' to write your Paper 2 essay, it helps to know 'what' you are going to write about. Even though you do not know the exam questions, there are many ways in which you can prepare your knowledge of your literary works.
- Which works are you planning on writing about for your Paper 2 exam? After you have ear-marked one work for you individual oral and possibly another for your HL essay, there are only three (SL) or four (HL) works left for your to explore for your Paper 2 exam, and you only need to explore two. What themes do these works have in common? In groups with a large piece of paper, draw a three-way (triangle) or four-way (square) diagram like the one below to depict the thematic connections between works. One the lines between the works write the themes that connect the works.
- What stylistic and structural features do your literary works have in common? These kinds of connections are best made visible by using a table, like the one below. In this example, narration, turning points and symbols are explored (without much depth). You may want to focus on other stylistic and structural aspects of your works, such as imagery, characterisation,
- After creating a table like the one above, what kinds of opportunities do you see for comparison? Which works are best suited for comparison? What do you still need to find out about your literary works, before you can write successfully about them?
some frame narration
|Prospero asks for forgiveness||books
free indirect speech
|rape of Lucy
relationship with Beverly
|Death & the Maiden||dialogue
|Woman at point zero||frame narration
|murder of her pimp||