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Literary Genre in The Great Gatsby, All My Sons and I'm Not Scared for Leaving Cert Comparative #625Lab

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I have studied the novel 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the play 'All my Sons' written by Arthur Miller, and the film 'I'm Not Scared' directed by Gabriele Salvatores. From studying these texts, it is obvious that the authors employ many literary and camera techniques to make their works real and engaging.

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The tool of narration is very powerful in making a story come to life and it is one that is used well in all three texts. 'The Great Gatsby' has the first-person narrator, Nick Carraway. He is an observer of the world but also a participant in it. We see everything as filtered through his account, and so this gives rise to the question of whether we can trust him or not. The use of a first-person narrat…

King Lear Sample Answers & Notes: Villainous and Virtuous Characters; Lear Story Mirrors Gloucester; Horrifying and Uplifting Experience

The 2010 Leaving Cert Higher Level English Paper II Section I Question C (ii) asked:

"In King Lear the villainous characters hold more fascination for the audience than the virtuous ones." Discuss this statement with reference to at least one villainous and one virtuous character. Support your answer with suitable reference to the text.

Virgin Mary and Jesus. King Lear and Cordelia
Shakespeare’s King Lear explores a variety of complex characters. The only truly virtuous character is Edgar, whose empathy and unyielding determination would impress any reader. Cordelia, Gloucester, Kent, Albany and Lear are all virtuous to varying extents. Regan, Goneril, Cornwall and Edmund appear purely evil at first. On closer examination, however, they are realistic characters in tragic circumstances that facilitate the delivery of Shakespeare’s message. The reader is fascinated at the development of these characters and haunted by their striking images.

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Essay II: 2006/English/Higher Level/Paper II/Section I/Question E (i)

"In the play, King Lear, the stories of Lear and Gloucester mirror one another in interesting ways." Write a response to this view of the play, supporting your answer by reference to the text.

Essay III: 2006/English/Higher Level/Paper II/Section I/Question E (ii)

"Reading or seeing King Lear is a horrifying as well as an uplifting experience." Write a response to this view, supporting the points you make by reference to the text.

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‘King Lear is not only a tragedy of parents and children, of pride and ingratitude, it is also a tragedy of kingship.’ Discuss with reference to power relations in King Lear.

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