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So, I'm not all too familiar with Les Miserables, I know the basis of it and such. but I was hoping to write my comparative essay on one of Shakespeare's romantic tragedies and Les Miserables, seeing as love and compassion are critical themes in both. But I was hoping it would be a comparison suitable for a high grade at AS level English Lit. any help or advice is much appreciated
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So, I'm not all too familiar with Les Miserables, I know the basis of it and such. but I was hoping to write my comparative essay on one of Shakespeare's romantic tragedies and Les Miserables, seeing as love and compassion are critical themes in both. But I was hoping it would be a comparison suitable for a high grade at AS level English Lit. any help or advice is much appreciated
Les Mis is a HUGE book, like I mean - HUGE! It explores SO many different sides to love and compassion it might be a bit hard to focus on 2 aspects of it (depending on word limit).

I honestly suggest you do something else. And this definately depends on what Shakespeare text you decide to compare it with.

Shakespeare likes to interlink his love themes with a lot of social and political context. This will be even more difficult for you if these conflicts do not apply well with Les Mis.

I suggest you read a few Shakespeare texts then pick a partnered text.
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Les Mis is a HUGE book, like I mean - HUGE! It explores SO many different sides to love and compassion it might be a bit hard to focus on 2 aspects of it (depending on word limit).

I honestly suggest you do something else. And this definately depends on what Shakespeare text you decide to compare it with.

Shakespeare likes to interlink his love themes with a lot of social and political context. This will be even more difficult for you if these conflicts do not apply well with Les Mis.

I suggest you read a few Shakespeare texts then pick a partnered text.
There is no word limit, and i'm open to writing about more than just two elements. I think the difference in the way the themes are conveyed, as you mention with Shakespeare interlinking his love themes with social and political context would actually be a good point for the contrast aspects of the essay. The text I was hoping to write from shakespeare would be A winter's tale
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There is no word limit, and i'm open to writing about more than just two elements. I think the difference in the way the themes are conveyed, as you mention with Shakespeare interlinking his love themes with social and political context would actually be a good point for the contrast aspects of the essay. The text I was hoping to write from shakespeare would be A winter's tale
Oh there is not? Have you ever considered doing three texts maybe? Yeah it definitely will, altthough I have no knowledge on 19th Century French society aha. But if that's your thing then go for it!

I studied Tale for a Shakespeare module at uni last semester and it's a decent novel. It doesn't have much romantic love, but more of familial love in it really. i think perhaps Merchant of Venice, Antony and Cleopatra or Romeo and Juliet that have the love and compassion theme you're seeking.
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Oh there is not? Have you ever considered doing three texts maybe? Yeah it definitely will, altthough I have no knowledge on 19th Century French society aha. But if that's your thing then go for it!

I studied Tale for a Shakespeare module at uni last semester and it's a decent novel. It doesn't have much romantic love, but more of familial love in it really. i think perhaps Merchant of Venice, Antony and Cleopatra or Romeo and Juliet that have the love and compassion theme you're seeking.
It's a bit of an odd situation, I'm writing three essays just to demonstrate my academic capabilities in terms of English Literature, ( i'm trying to get into a college for A levels, as I came from Canada before graduating high school) so I was hoping a comparison of a Shakespearean play and les mis would give a broader perspective of what I can do. perhaps Merchant of Venice and Les mis? seeing as love and compassion, social injustice and such are key themes in both. what do you think?
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It's a bit of an odd situation, I'm writing three essays just to demonstrate my academic capabilities in terms of English Literature, ( i'm trying to get into a college for A levels, as I came from Canada before graduating high school) so I was hoping a comparison of a Shakespearean play and les mis would give a broader perspective of what I can do. perhaps Merchant of Venice and Les mis? seeing as love and compassion, social injustice and such are key themes in both. what do you think?
Oh right, I understand. So it's like a test basically, just to work out whether you're capable or not.

I think you just have to choose texts you've read, liked and understand. I would honestly suggest changing your prose text. As a tutor and English Literature undergrad, I would not recommend Les Mis at least until 3rd year of uni because it is such a heavy book full of literary techniques. You need to have great skill in order to talk about it at such a low level (GCSE level) if are hoping to go onto the next level (which is A-level).
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Oh right, I understand. So it's like a test basically, just to work out whether you're capable or not.

I think you just have to choose texts you've read, liked and understand. I would honestly suggest changing your prose text. As a tutor and English Literature undergrad, I would not recommend Les Mis at least until 3rd year of uni because it is such a heavy book full of literary techniques. You need to have great skill in order to talk about it at such a low level (GCSE level) if are hoping to go onto the next level (which is A-level).
I understand but do you think i'd still be able to create a compelling piece using say A Summer Nights Dream and A Winters Tale? (the comparison of the titles amuses me)
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I understand but do you think i'd still be able to create a compelling piece using say A Summer Nights Dream and A Winters Tale? (the comparison of the titles amuses me)
As long as you can make your essay a convincing argument, you can (in theory) compare any text you so desire. Two Shakespeare will be fun and quite hard. But I think if this is an admissions test, I would perhaps study two genres because that demonstrates more comparative skills.

I have never read Night's Dream before so not too sure. But, if you're asking whether you can compare the title's meaning with one another then that would be a very interesting essay!
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