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

"Authors can use various techniques to make settings real and engaging." #625Lab
The author took on the challenging literary genre question - and did so quite well! 
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…

John Keats Full Notes and Sample Answer: Abstract Ideas and Direct Style

“John Keats presents abstract ideas in a style that is clear and direct.” To what extent do you agree or disagree with this assessment of his poetry? Support your points with reference to the poetry on your course (2009) 


I would certainly agree that many of Keats' themes are abstract in nature. However, Keats also presents ideas that are more concrete and connected to the real everyday existence. I would propose that his style isn't always clear and direct. If anything, many aspects of his poetry require detailed examination in order to understand the depth of Keats’s work. He is a complex multifaceted Romantic poet whose mood takes him through a variety of structures, techniques and a range subject matters.
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Bright star, would I were steadfast as thou art
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