A-level English literature: War of the Worlds and The Handmaid’s Tale

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First off, good luck to everyone with your exams.

I’m currently teaching Beloved and A Picutre of Doran Grey on the Pierson spec, and I’m thinking about a changing the texts to War of the Worlds and The Handmaid’s Tale.

If you’ve studied War of the Worlds and The Handmaid’s Tale, what did you think? Were there any problems with analysis/comparison? Did you enjoy them?

Also, for anyone that has studied Doran/Beloved, how did you find it? Were there any problems with studying them?
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Comparison is difficult, the extreme oppression in THT versus the minimal oppression in TWOTW makes for clutching at straws when it comes to comparison. However the intense philosophical comparison in relation to otherness and the individuals makes for intelligent and interesting comparison in both essay and in the classroom.
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Currently revising these two novels for my prose exam tomorrow.
Don't do it!!
Comparison is not easy and hardly any materials available.
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