Explore how the impact of history on individuals is depicted in two or more of the films studied on this module.

The question depends on these movies:

1-A ma soeur

2-The Tin Drum


4-The City Below

5-The Spirit of the Beehive

An essay in which you compare and contrast two or more texts or films. The questions will follow this model:

1. Explore how the impact of history on individuals is depicted in two or more of the films studied on this module.

How do I write a comparative essay?

1 Develop a list of similarities and differences

Think critically about the similarities and differences between the items you are comparing, and compile a list of them.

The list you generate should provide you with enough similarities and differences to construct an initial plan.

2 Decide on structure for your essay

1. Alternating method: Point-by-point pattern

In the alternating method, you find related points common to your two (or more) films A and B, and alternate between A and B on the basis of these points (ABABAB …). To use the alternating method, you need to have something noteworthy to say about both A and B in each area. Consider the alternating method if you are able to identify clearly related points between A and B.

2. Block method: Subject-by-subject pattern

In the block method (AB), you discuss all of A, then all of B. If you choose the block method, however, do not simply append two disconnected essays to an introductory thesis. The B block, or second half of your essay, should refer to the A block, or first half, and make clear points of comparison whenever comparisons are relevant. (“Unlike A, B . . .” or “Like A, B . . .”) This technique will allow for a higher level of critical engagement, continuity, and cohesion.

When do I use the block method?

The block method is particularly useful in the following cases:

o You are unable to find points about A and B that are closely related to each other.

o Your ideas about B build upon or extend your ideas about A.

o You are comparing three or more subjects as opposed to the minimum two

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