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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…

Philip Larkin Full Notes and Sample Answer for Leaving Cert English

“Larkin’s poems often reveal moments of sensitivity which lessen the disappointment and cynicism found in much of his work.” 

To what extent do you agree with this statement? Support your answer with suitable reference to the poetry of Philip Larkin on your course.

Philip Larkin Leaving Cert notes
"Mounting the lectern, I peruse a few Hectoring large-scale verses" from Church Going by Philip Larkin
I’d heard that Larkin is one of England’s favourite poets before I studied his work. I was therefore quite surprised at Larkin’s tone: dry, intellectual, often cynical, occasionally iconoclastic, sometimes even verging on misanthropic. It didn’t add up to me that he would be so loved if he was truly so negative. Indeed, peeling back his often minimalist, dystopian imagery, I found that there is a gentle empathetic presence in a lot of his work. The theme of transience dominates Larkin’s work. “Explosions” and “Whitsun Weddings” have a forward momentum that culminates in a lyrical metaphor of transcendence that emphasises that death and change are part of life, not the opposite to life. Addressing a difficult matter is different from being negative. In fact, I find Larkin’s views life-affirming. Larkin’s detached tone serves as a bleak baseline that allows his gentler remarks to stand out, most notably in “MCMXIV”, “Church Going” and “At Grass”. For a man who may initially seem to have nothing but contempt for religion, he turns to its powers quite a lot, underlining his how in tune he was with human nature as seen through his Biblical allusions in “Explosions” and “Cut Grass”.

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