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    I'm doing my course based on measure for measure and brave new world my question is " explore how Shakespeare in Measure For Measure and Huxley in Brave New World portray state control" and I don't even know where to begin. I'm really struggling with the introduction. do introduce my main points and then focus on them in more detail afterwards? or do I summarise and mention the themes and whatnot of the novels?
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    Hi, I don't know specifically about those books but I can give you some structure points as I just finished my coursework.

    Start with making a massive lists full of similarities and differences of the texts on that topic - either use a table or a mind map. Just literally cram anything you can think of - author's view, context in which they were written, the different forms of literature (how that helps or hinders or changes that presentation), textual analysis points etc etc. Just try and get all of your thoughts out.

    I'd also recommend making a sheet full of critical view points on the texts you can find before you begin writing, make sure to have them properly referenced so you can refer back to them when writing them. These don't need to be specifically on the theme (great if they are though) but it's good to have them to hand so you can go back to them when you write it.

    Once you've got your mind map/table, find your best 8-10 points (make sure you've got an equal spread between both texts) and write them out more legible and clearly and try to look for specific textual references or any context you can find to enhance your point. You'll probably end up with less points but it's better to have too many than too few. You can also try and link your critical views to them now. These can then be turned into your paragraph plan, devoting one paragraph per 1 to 2 points.

    In regards to your introduction, it only has to be brief and there's no need to explain the narrative or themes of the books. You'll prove your understanding as you go through your analysis, and it's better to have an essay that sticks exactly to your comparison of 'state control.' I'd say exactly what you're discussing and a very brief summary of how they're similar/different and why (think context, or authors or type of text).

    Hope this helps X
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    thank you so much this was really helpful.
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    Hi, I don't know specifically about those books but I can give you some structure points as I just finished my coursework.

    Start with making a massive lists full of similarities and differences of the texts on that topic - either use a table or a mind map. Just literally cram anything you can think of - author's view, context in which they were written, the different forms of literature (how that helps or hinders or changes that presentation), textual analysis points etc etc. Just try and get all of your thoughts out.

    I'd also recommend making a sheet full of critical view points on the texts you can find before you begin writing, make sure to have them properly referenced so you can refer back to them when writing them. These don't need to be specifically on the theme (great if they are though) but it's good to have them to hand so you can go back to them when you write it.

    Once you've got your mind map/table, find your best 8-10 points (make sure you've got an equal spread between both texts) and write them out more legible and clearly and try to look for specific textual references or any context you can find to enhance your point. You'll probably end up with less points but it's better to have too many than too few. You can also try and link your critical views to them now. These can then be turned into your paragraph plan, devoting one paragraph per 1 to 2 points.

    In regards to your introduction, it only has to be brief and there's no need to explain the narrative or themes of the books. You'll prove your understanding as you go through your analysis, and it's better to have an essay that sticks exactly to your comparison of 'state control.' I'd say exactly what you're discussing and a very brief summary of how they're similar/different and why (think context, or authors or type of text).

    Hope this helps X
 
 
 
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