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How do you revise for the book and film? Im doing el laberinto del fauno and Requiem por un campesino español
Original post by .dog
How do you revise for the book and film? Im doing el laberinto del fauno and Requiem por un campesino español

Here are tips for PAPER 2 (I sat this in 2022 and got A* - also did el Laberinto del Fauno):

For the film it's more important to talk about the specific scenes and briefly what occurred. For the book it is very important to quote as this is the only way to back up what you are arguing.

To revise for paper 2 I personally made sure I was very familiar of the film and the book (maybe watch the film once more).

For the book I would learn key quotes for each character and theme because they can ask you on either of these. Then I would look online and devise essay plans for essays you haven't completed yet and maybe see after you've revised them if you can blurt you're essay plans without looking at ur notes. Once you've done this try a timed essay, I know its a long process and no one really wants to do it for certain themes and characters but if u only stick to ur favourite/ best themes and characters when it comes to the exam if u get a slightly trickier question it'll be worth it.

For the film rewatch it and for each scene just summarise whats happened, see what techniques are used (panoramic shot, dolly shot etc.). Try think about they key themes and characters in ur film and jot down the top scenes for these characters. Same as before ur gonna wanna turn these into essay plans, blurt and write in timed conditions. Once you've done this for pretty much everything (its fine if u miss out like 1 character / 1 theme because u get 2 to choose from in the exam), then just learn ur essay plans.
Maybe learn like one key scene and try write a para on it for different characters / themes - if this works for ur film u can memorise this and put it in ur essay in the exam. e.g. if there is a scene with all the main characters and it has all the key themes (violence, jealousy, feminism etc.) then this scene is easy to learn.

Don't overdo it with memorising quotes because then if a question comes up and you've learned a quote ur gonna want to fit it in even if it isn’t relevant to the question which might mean you lose marks. I always try keep my introduction the same so maybe memorise one and learn the key definitions for the key themes. For example my best way is to do something like this:

¿Cree que esta novela puede considerarse feminista? ¿Por qué?

Para responder a esta pregunta, es importante conocer la definición del feminismo; es decir, el principio de igualdad de derechos de la mujer y el hombre. Debemos recordar que esta novela se sitúa en Colombia en una época donde los estereotipos de papeles para hombres y mujeres estaban arraigados en el pensamiento de las personas. Teniendo en cuenta esta definición, primero, vamos a considerar el personaje de Ángela Vicario y su papel como feminista. Luego, nos fijaremos en el machismo y las dificultades que encontraban las mujeres de esta época. Por fin, analizaremos el estilo de Márquez y sus descripciones de ambos sexos.

So for a themes question i'd just switch out feminismo to ur theme and change ur definition. Then I'd try link it to the social context (shows why this theme is relevant in the book - broader idea) - then I'd just learn a sentence like, Teniendo en cuenta esta definición, primero, vamos a considerar .... Luego, nos fijaremos en .... Por fin, analizaremos ...

Try if you can to mention at least one other theme, character and stylistic technique in ur essay - for example for this intro above was for an essay about feminism which is a theme - i did the first para on a character (angela vicario) who portrays this theme, second i did a para on machismo (another theme) that links well with feminismo, third para I focused on the style and descriptions.

Hope this helps and GOOD LUCK!!
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Original post by simrankc26
Here are tips for PAPER 2 (I sat this in 2022 and got A* - also did el Laberinto del Fauno):
For the film it's more important to talk about the specific scenes and briefly what occurred. For the book it is very important to quote as this is the only way to back up what you are arguing.
To revise for paper 2 I personally made sure I was very familiar of the film and the book (maybe watch the film once more).
For the book I would learn key quotes for each character and theme because they can ask you on either of these. Then I would look online and devise essay plans for essays you haven't completed yet and maybe see after you've revised them if you can blurt you're essay plans without looking at ur notes. Once you've done this try a timed essay, I know its a long process and no one really wants to do it for certain themes and characters but if u only stick to ur favourite/ best themes and characters when it comes to the exam if u get a slightly trickier question it'll be worth it.
For the film rewatch it and for each scene just summarise whats happened, see what techniques are used (panoramic shot, dolly shot etc.). Try think about they key themes and characters in ur film and jot down the top scenes for these characters. Same as before ur gonna wanna turn these into essay plans, blurt and write in timed conditions. Once you've done this for pretty much everything (its fine if u miss out like 1 character / 1 theme because u get 2 to choose from in the exam), then just learn ur essay plans.
Maybe learn like one key scene and try write a para on it for different characters / themes - if this works for ur film u can memorise this and put it in ur essay in the exam. e.g. if there is a scene with all the main characters and it has all the key themes (violence, jealousy, feminism etc.) then this scene is easy to learn.
Don't overdo it with memorising quotes because then if a question comes up and you've learned a quote ur gonna want to fit it in even if it isn’t relevant to the question which might mean you lose marks. I always try keep my introduction the same so maybe memorise one and learn the key definitions for the key themes. For example my best way is to do something like this:
¿Cree que esta novela puede considerarse feminista? ¿Por qué?
Para responder a esta pregunta, es importante conocer la definición del feminismo; es decir, el principio de igualdad de derechos de la mujer y el hombre. Debemos recordar que esta novela se sitúa en Colombia en una época donde los estereotipos de papeles para hombres y mujeres estaban arraigados en el pensamiento de las personas. Teniendo en cuenta esta definición, primero, vamos a considerar el personaje de Ángela Vicario y su papel como feminista. Luego, nos fijaremos en el machismo y las dificultades que encontraban las mujeres de esta época. Por fin, analizaremos el estilo de Márquez y sus descripciones de ambos sexos.
So for a themes question i'd just switch out feminismo to ur theme and change ur definition. Then I'd try link it to the social context (shows why this theme is relevant in the book - broader idea) - then I'd just learn a sentence like, Teniendo en cuenta esta definición, primero, vamos a considerar .... Luego, nos fijaremos en .... Por fin, analizaremos ...
Try if you can to mention at least one other theme, character and stylistic technique in ur essay - for example for this intro above was for an essay about feminism which is a theme - i did the first para on a character (angela vicario) who portrays this theme, second i did a para on machismo (another theme) that links well with feminismo, third para I focused on the style and descriptions.
Hope this helps and GOOD LUCK!!

thank you!! what were the themes u had for el laberinto del fauno?
Original post by .dog
thank you!! what were the themes u had for el laberinto del fauno?

One was on el mundo subterráneo being part of ofelias imagination and whether we agree, the other (the one I did) was arguing to what extent I agreed that Vidal is a cruel man who is obsessed with demonstrating authority as a means to hide his actual feelings.

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