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    So I have finished reading my second text (Fahrenheit 451) and I'm going to compare it with "1984". I think both are great texts and I can analyse them quite well, but I have been set work to mind map ideas for questions and I have no idea what to do.

    We haven't even looked at any example questions, so I have no idea what the focus of the question has to revolve around. I can see clear similarities and differences between the two novels, but I don't know how to think of a question I could answer related to them.

    Any help is appreciated.
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    Hi! I have literally just finished a first draft for my comparative piece and had exactly the same problem as you haha

    I found it to be really helpful to think of themes that link across the texts - that way you can maybe find something more nuanced that you could later compare it to and alter your question slightly. For example, I started with the theme of beauty as a comparison between my two texts, and then through close reading of my texts around this theme I came up with how both authors characterise the femme fatale as a way to represent beauty. My English teacher said that questions are usually in this format:

    Compare and contrast the ways that *author 1*'s *text 1* and *author 2's* *text 2* present (the theme of/characterisation/form/structural device/etc.).

    It's also useful to look at themes that are maybe less obvious so you can really go for it with analysis - for example, Dracula is our set text but someone in the class is using the theme of marriage as a comparison - something really small in the novel.

    You don't have to do themes of course, but that's usually a good place to start
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    (Original post by angryfeminist)
    Hi! I have literally just finished a first draft for my comparative piece and had exactly the same problem as you haha

    I found it to be really helpful to think of themes that link across the texts - that way you can maybe find something more nuanced that you could later compare it to and alter your question slightly. For example, I started with the theme of beauty as a comparison between my two texts, and then through close reading of my texts around this theme I came up with how both authors characterise the femme fatale as a way to represent beauty. My English teacher said that questions are usually in this format:

    Compare and contrast the ways that *author 1*'s *text 1* and *author 2's* *text 2* present (the theme of/characterisation/form/structural device/etc.).

    It's also useful to look at themes that are maybe less obvious so you can really go for it with analysis - for example, Dracula is our set text but someone in the class is using the theme of marriage as a comparison - something really small in the novel.

    You don't have to do themes of course, but that's usually a good place to start
    I appreciate the help. I've come up with 5 which I feel I'm capable of doing. Thanks.
 
 
 
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