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    I'm a second year student at university studying french. A big part of the course/exam is writing french literature essays in English. My exam isn't until May but I'm trying to plan all my revision notes in advance so less stress when it comes to exam time.

    My issue is that I have no idea what to write for these notes. For example, one of the plays I have to do is "L'Avare" by Molière. Where do you begin? Obviously I've read the play but where do I go from here? For essays for high school French or English, all we had to do was have a list of characters, themes, relationships and a couple of quotes but I don't think this is enough now.

    And how do I have notes like this for 5 or 6 books/plays/poem sets without it coming to pages and pages? I have other subjects as well!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    I'm a second year student at university studying french. A big part of the course/exam is writing french literature essays in English. My exam isn't until May but I'm trying to plan all my revision notes in advance so less stress when it comes to exam time.

    My issue is that I have no idea what to write for these notes. For example, one of the plays I have to do is "L'Avare" by Molière. Where do you begin? Obviously I've read the play but where do I go from here? For essays for high school French or English, all we had to do was have a list of characters, themes, relationships and a couple of quotes but I don't think this is enough now.

    And how do I have notes like this for 5 or 6 books/plays/poem sets without it coming to pages and pages? I have other subjects as well!

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Well yes, it will come to pages and pages - that's life!

    You're right that your "list of characters, themes, relationships and a couple of quotes" is no longer enough but it's a good place to start.

    What would be really useful if you could look at some past papers, because that will give you something to aim at. Every university has a slightly different angle on things: they might like comparisons between authors (contemporary or otherwise) or between periods; they might like looking at the development of an author and how the work you are studying fits into that; they might look at more social aspects (eg. Molière was very much against arranged marriages; his female characters are often rather more forceful than his male characters and so on); they might look at how a particular theme is treated over the range of works you have studied; and so on.

    Presumably you have had lectures / tutorials about the set works? These should also give you an idea of what is expected.
 
 
 
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