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    Hi everyone!

    Ok so, my original Extended Essay research question was "How are the common themes of betrayal and love portrayed differently in the Shakespearean comedy “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” when compared to the tragedy “King Lear.” However, my adviser said that it was too narrow for an EE and I should compare two different playwrights instead. I'm not really interested in going outside of Shakespeare, so I have decided to completely change my topic.

    I'm still sticking to English Literature, but I think I'm leaning towards novels instead. This is where I need help. I really want to do something with "A Thousand Splendid Suns" since it's a beautiful book, relates to me personally, and I haven't seen it used in any Extended Essays so far. Besides that, I don't really know which direction I should go in. A little guidance or some suggestions would be helpful and much appreciated.

    Also, if my original topic could be somehow be salvaged, I'd be incredibly grateful for that.

    Thank you so much!

    Update: I did some research and I'm considering maybe comparing "A Thousand Splendid Suns" with "The ******* of Istanbul." Lemme know what you think! Thanks!
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    (Original post by Zayzayyy)
    Hi everyone!

    Ok so, my original Extended Essay research question was "How are the common themes of betrayal and love portrayed differently in the Shakespearean comedy “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” when compared to the tragedy “King Lear.” However, my adviser said that it was too narrow for an EE and I should compare two different playwrights instead. I'm not really interested in going outside of Shakespeare, so I have decided to completely change my topic.

    I'm still sticking to English Literature, but I think I'm leaning towards novels instead. This is where I need help. I really want to do something with "A Thousand Splendid Suns" since it's a beautiful book, relates to me personally, and I haven't seen it used in any Extended Essays so far. Besides that, I don't really know which direction I should go in. A little guidance or some suggestions would be helpful and much appreciated.

    Also, if my original topic could be somehow be salvaged, I'd be incredibly grateful for that.

    Thank you so much!

    Update: I did some research and I'm considering maybe comparing "A Thousand Splendid Suns" with "The ******* of Istanbul." Lemme know what you think! Thanks!

    Hiya,
    First of all I have to say I don't quite understand why your supervisor said your first question was too narrow - sounds good to me! The EE is not very long, and choosing something specific allows you to go into depth.
    Oh well, it's nice you found a solution - and that sounds like a very original idea!
    I haven't read A Thousand Splendid Suns (yet ) nor heard of "The ******* of Istanbul" , but if these are books you enjoyed, and you think there is a good basis for comparison, go for it! Just make sure you have justification to compare these two novels specifically (Is there anything that links them genre/period/setting-wise?) so that there will be a basis to your research question. And then ofc think what specific aspects you'll be comparing.
    Eventually tho, you should choose a topic that you find exciting and would like to look into, because you will be spending hours working on that essay
    Good luck!
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    Hey, I'm thinking of doing something similar for my EE, and I was wondering if you had decided on a research question. Please let me know!
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    (Original post by Zayzayyy)
    Hi everyone!

    Ok so, my original Extended Essay research question was "How are the common themes of betrayal and love portrayed differently in the Shakespearean comedy “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” when compared to the tragedy “King Lear.” However, my adviser said that it was too narrow for an EE and I should compare two different playwrights instead. I'm not really interested in going outside of Shakespeare, so I have decided to completely change my topic.

    I'm still sticking to English Literature, but I think I'm leaning towards novels instead. This is where I need help. I really want to do something with "A Thousand Splendid Suns" since it's a beautiful book, relates to me personally, and I haven't seen it used in any Extended Essays so far. Besides that, I don't really know which direction I should go in. A little guidance or some suggestions would be helpful and much appreciated.

    Also, if my original topic could be somehow be salvaged, I'd be incredibly grateful for that.

    Thank you so much!

    Update: I did some research and I'm considering maybe comparing "A Thousand Splendid Suns" with "The ******* of Istanbul." Lemme know what you think! Thanks!
    Hey, I know this may not be very helpful, but when doing my EE, my supervisor instructed me to make my question more narrow, as for me to be able to stay on topic during the entire essay. My question was similar to yours (but obv with different themes and novels). The essay requires you to show substantial knowledge, and go into detail about what you are discussing. The more vague the question - the more vague are your points.

    They may say you can't, but I'm pretty sure you CAN change your question even after starting to write your essay. So, if you start with one question, you may change it in time, to one that allows for more comfortable discussion and better building of your points. (i did so myself actually, because my question was too vague haha)

    Whether you still want to broaden your question or not, I don't suggest making it too vague, as it may encourage you to stray away from your main points of discussion. However it all depends on you, so best of luck!
 
 
 
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