Taking a Closer Look at Close Study

Here’s what the rubric have to say about this:

  • demonstrate understanding of a text’s distinctive qualities and how these shape meaning
  • organise, develop and express ideas using language appropriate to audience, purpose and form.
The Close of Study of text focuses on how your prescribed text achieves specific thematic goals. It is a by the book combination of how effectively you can use your knowledge of T.E.EM (s) to explain how emotion, drama, irony, wit, humour, and a variety of literary outcomes are achieved.
Lets take a look at how  this manifests in the rubric set texts – showing is better than explaining the same thing over and over again.
Briar Rose
Yolen’s narrative of discovery about a dark holocaust past utilizing the allegory of the sleeping princess. A journey about secrets, hidden truths, and the empowerment of self through facing the past.  What your close study should examine for this text is the emotional upheavals and the sensations of discovering the truth. The sense of tension that builds to a crescendo in the text as Becca discovers the secret behind Gemma’ story, who the prince really is, and the bloodline that flows in her own body. Pay particular attention to the allegorical nature of the story, the shift between chapters about the fairy tale and the co-current narrative.
Shoe Horn Sonata
Another war story about discovering the past. This one is a stage play where a variety of techniques such as lighting, montages, and parallel narrative with lots of diegetic sound devices (songs with lyrics that are reminiscent of specific events or times) Pay attention not so much to the dialogue (merely a source of quotes) but the tone, delivery, rhetoric, editing, scene placement, lighting, and stage direction.
Richard III
Shakespeare’s play about he duality of man. Richard 3 is full of contradiction, witticisms and phenomenal soliloquy with Richard confession all manners of plans and evils. Focus on Richard’s two face duplicity, the gullibility of those who chose to believe him, and how his language draws focus to both his incredible ego centric arrogance as well as his vulnerability as a cripple and a bastard.
Wilfred Owen
Owen’s portrayal of war is bloody, raw and out of the world. His imagery is created through a core of personification with alliterative onomatopoeia. Examine poetic devices, elaborate on feelings, sensations, the feel of despair, violence death. At least half of your writing should be dedicated to the irony of his poems, where he examines the fruitlessness of war, and the willingness of nations to send their innocents to death for lands that become meaningless without itspeople.
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
This text is simple but difficult to use with T.E.EM (s) it is told through the perspective of a child who is mentally challenged but at the same time has endemic memory and is a math genius. Make note of his innocent and simple dialogue, his idiosyncrasy and what they represent or symbolize, and his categorical judgement of everything around him. As the story progresses, Haddon has Christopher become more true to his own feelings and we slowly loose the numbness by which we come to know him at the beginning of the novel.
Culture clash, forbidden love, violence in the modern world. The text is actually Weir’s social commentary on the superficiality of the modern world. Examine core aspects of the play by linking the differences between the seeming idyllic and perfect world of the Amish (fruitful lives, but do they want more?) and the modern world (have everything, but seems to be missing everything).

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