Year 13 (2013-4) Unit 4 Blog Post #1

The dhsbookbabes blog is a fantastic tool to support your independent learning which we hope you will find useful for unit 4.

We hope that the blog helps create a ‘community of learners’ for Unit 4 so you can share your progress, questions and generally be both reassured and inspired by what you read about other people’s coursework experience.

For this first post, please can you answer the following questions:

1. What is the question you have agreed with your teacher and what are your text choices (including ideas for your 3rd text)

2. What are you most excited to write about ? Why have you chosen this question?

3. What research have you managed to date? online? videos? journal articles? Critical theory? Literary criticism? historical? cultural? Newspaper articles/reviews? Any suggestions for others to have a look at…..

4. How far are you in terms of planning/writing your first section? (deadline is 21st October – intro plus 500 words-ish. Submit to the English Office 1:30-2pm)

5. Have you found an effective way to organise all of your notes? (quote banks/ex. book or electronic/ context/ research/ mind maps?) If not, what are you doing about it?

6. What is your biggest worry at this point?

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23 Responses to Year 13 (2013-4) Unit 4 Blog Post #1

  1. Darcy says:

    1) How do your three chosen writers explore the idea of control. To what extent is the reader given hope for the situation?
    Three texts: The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood, Top Girls – Caryl Churchill

    2) I am most excited about exploring the different types of control in each of my texts and interpreting how symbolism is used to portray control.

    3) There are some good interviews on YouTube; Margaret Atwood discusses dystopia and other elements of The Handmaid’s Tale. Mainly using Google scholar to find literary criticism of my three texts.

    4) I have written my topic sentence and formed most of the key ideas I want to discuss, but need to draw up direct comparisons and contrasts between the use of clothing to show control in my three texts.

    5) I think quote banks are really good to help with planning as you are able to compare and contrast different quotes from the three texts more easily. I am intending to make mind maps for each section of my essay including contextual links.

    6) Including enough historical context within my answer and integrating critical quotes effectively to strengthen my line of argument.

  2. Olivia Perry says:

    1. What is the question you have agreed with your teacher and what are your text choices (including ideas for your 3rd text)
    A: My question is: To what extent are women presented as oppressed in your three tests? and the text choices I have made consist of: The Handmaid’s Tale, Top Girls and The Colour Purple.

    2. What are you most excited to write about ? Why have you chosen this question?
    A: I am most excited to write about the different representations of women in the three texts and comparing one female character to another, which will then highlight their different or similar characteristics.

    3. What research have you managed to date? online? videos? journal articles? Critical theory? Literary criticism? historical? cultural? Newspaper articles/reviews? Any suggestions for others to have a look at…..
    A: I have researched a lot on black history of women, as one of my texts is The Colour Purple, which is set between 1910 and 1940 and so I have studied a bit on the history of how women were treated and their rights (lack of). The research I’ve gathered is from historical books and online sources.

    4. How far are you in terms of planning/writing your first section? (deadline is 21st October – intro plus 500 words-ish. Submit to the English Office 1:30-2pm)
    A: I have started with my intro, and with a plan I hoped it would be easier to start, however it is harder than anticipated, as I need to ensure my intro grasps attention and gets straight to the point, without using too many words.

    5. Have you found an effective way to organise all of your notes? (quote banks/ex. book or electronic/ context/ research/ mind maps?) If not, what are you doing about it?
    A: I find organising my notes into sections in my folder helps, (polly-pocketed of course), as it is categorised and ensures I don’t have a clash of notes and with dividers in between sections that labels the sections, I can find my topic quickly. Saving websites on a word document is pretty useful because you can open the link again if you need to refer back to it.

    6. What is your biggest worry at this point?
    A: My essay not actually answering the proposed question, and it including me rambling for 6 or 7 pages…

  3. Emma Hosking says:

    something along th lines of:-
    After exploring the theme of identity in dystopian novels, discuss to what extent is it necessary to include a loss of identity as a result of dystopian societies in novels.
    The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
    1984 – George Orwell
    A Clockwork Orange – Anthony burgess

    I really like observing how different people are affected, or act under the pressure and tight inequality, of a totalitarian state, a clockwork orange is not a totalitarian based novel, so I thought it would be really interesing to compare how the essence of a person is stripped by a variety of superior forces, and how the novel progresses as a result of that.

    I have been looking at critics that specifically focus on the theme of identity and loss, also looking at genereal reviews to see how the public veiw these books, i.e as firm classics etc.

    Initially I plan to explore how we are first introduced to the chracter, a reader’s first impressions and how we are first met, in the opening of the novel, as this is the character a reader will refer back to throughout the progression of the novel.
    Note organsing is not my strong point, however i am trying to colour co-rdinate my quote highlighting to indentity, historical context and influences and language structure and form. My biggest worry probably would be not being able to convey my idea clearly in my essay, and limiting

  4. Serena Joy (Poppy) says:

    1. To what extent do your chosen writers present female solidarity as a myth? (The Handmaid’s Tale, Top Girls & The Color Purple)

    2. I’m interested in how communication between women is presented in 3 texts. HMT: women are plotted against each other to make it easier to control them (Aunts & Wives vs. Handmaids). TG’s: socialist suggestions & TCP: contrasting empowering relationships b/w women (predominantly)

    3. I’ve found a number of Google Scholar articles to do with the fragmentation of women’s relationships in HMT (‘Women Disunited’ is a cool one) and there’s lots to do with ‘sisterhood’ in The Color Purple. I’ve also been watching Atwood interviews to support contextual references. Top Girls’ research seems to be harder to scout!

    4. Not very far. It’s pretty note-y at the moment.

    5. Quote banks are super helpful. I use word doc.’s to keep a log of research & the sources of that particular research (hoping that it will mean I’m not weighed down by having to sort out the bibliography at the end) I like the idea of mind maps too.

    6. Keeping organised and keeping to date with deadlines. It’s important for me to get my notes structured soon so that I can focus more on links b/w texts, etc.

  5. Emily says:

    1. Compare and contrast the role/function of minor characters in your three texts.
    My three texts: The Handmaid’s Tale, Top Girls and 1984 (probably, unless I read something soon that both fits with the themes and has some interesting minor chracrters – I’ve had The Colour Purple out since the start of the year but I haven’t quite gotten round to reading it)

    2. I found that some minor characters in books are often put there and just forgotten even though they’re pretty interesting in what they contribute to the plot or overall themes of the story.

    3. Minor characters aren’t a popular topic of discussion but I have found small sections within articles about women and dystopia that are useful.

    4. I have an introduction but I’m pretty terrible at writing those so I’m going to have to rewrite it (and probably again).

    5. Right now my notes aren’t the most organised because I write down my ideas/thoughts/research-I-stumble-upon straight away wherever I am so they’re a little bit all over the place – I am currently in the process of typing all coherent notes up electronically.

    6. My biggest worry would be keeping to deadlines and not answering the question properly (also rambling which I tried to refrain from here but… yeah).

  6. Ofglen (Sara) says:

    1) Meaningful relationships are non viable in dystopian literature, to what extent can successful relationships be sustained in dystopian literature. (The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, Brave New World)

    2) I’m interested in the obvious romantic relationships in the texts, whether there is such a thing as romance in a dystopian environment or whether it is more about making a statement or rebellion, and also the relationships within society, and how individuals react to control.

    3) Only recently discovered google scholar properly (must have missed that lesson at the red centre), so have been been able to find lots of critical essays which link some of my texts, Atwood interviews on youtube and historical research for context mainly on dictatorships which link into a lot of ideas in my texts.

    4) Have completed a quote bank for all of my texts which link ideas in my first paragraph, will be fleshing out and aim to have first draft done by the end of next week.

    5) Mind maps, quote banks and coordinated highlighter colours for each text, I try to keep on top of using each AO equally. Everything filed and dated (as instructed).

    6) Time management, I tend to leave things quite last minute so I’m trying to plan what needs to be done by the end of each week in the run up to deadlines.

  7. Tamara says:

    1. To what extent do your three chosen writers explore the tensions between society’s control and the individual’s need for freedom?
    The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984 and Brave New World

    2. I’m looking forward to exploring how the individual characters are shown to react to the control of their society and comparing the different writers’ views on how people may react in contrasting dystopias

    3. I’ve managed to find a couple of papers using Google Scholar about control in The Handmaid’s Tale, particularly focusing on sex, religion and fear, and also one paper that investigates control in all three of my chosen texts, although it is rather brief

    4. So far I’ve done a lot of quote banks, tables of comparisons between the texts and planned out the order of my essay but I haven’t started writing it yet

    5. All my notes are in my book and I’ve done loads of tables and bullet points on what I think will be important, but it’s not that organised at the moment

    6. Probably not keeping up to date with my bibliography or losing track of the point I’m trying to make and rambling or forgetting about AO4 or my third text or missing the deadline. Most of the essay, really.

  8. Alysha says:

    1. How does the presentation of women, in my three chosen texts, convey their struggle for identity? (The Handmaids Tale, Top Girls and undecided)
    2. I am most excited about looking at how clothing can be used to completely deny somebody their identity. I chose this question as the feminist take on the coursework instantly appealed to me more than the dystopian pathway. From there I found that throughout my texts I found the idea of identity very interesting, and so shaped my title to include both these areas.
    3. So far I have mainly focused on collecting any quotes I have found relevant, however I have done some research on the context for HMT and TG. My next step will be to find some critical views.
    4. I am only just starting my intro and planning my first 500 words, although I do have some quotation banks for my different points of comparison. To make a solid start though I really need to choose my third text.
    5. At the moment I have started quotation banks for the main points of my essay. However I really need to start a comparison table and mind maps for the different sections of my essay.
    6. My biggest worry at this point is whether I will be able to get my jumble of thoughts for the essay onto paper in an order that makes sense; at the same time as meeting the criteria for all the AO’s

  9. NataliaRC says:

    1) To what extent do the writers Atwood, Orwell and Huxley present that limiting the capacity of expression of an individual furthers the suppressive dystopian regimes in their respective novels? (HMT, 1984, BNW)
    2) I am looking forward to seeing how a dystopian society exploits normal aspects of life to further the regimes
    3) I have read some critical essays and also some reviews on the three books
    4) I am well underway in writing my draft
    5) I use word documents to file quotes and then collect themes by copy/paste
    6) word count – i always go over!

  10. Hannah Thompson says:

    1.To What Extent do Modern Writers Present Female Solidarity Effectively in Futuristic Novels?

    The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood, 1984 – George Orwell, and Herland – Charlotte Perkins Gilman

    2. What are you most excited to write about ? Why have you chosen this question?

    The futuristic element of the novels and how they differ in their entirety RE content, a.k.a Herland is a completely feministic society – the other novels are mostly male dominated. So the perception of female solidarity comes from two different levels of hierarchy.

    3. What research have you managed to date? online? videos? journal articles? Critical theory? Literary criticism? historical? cultural? Newspaper articles/reviews? Any suggestions for others to have a look at…..

    At the moment I have focused on relevant quotes that compare and contrast in each book, however I have found contextual knowledge relating to Handmaids Tale, and the three waves of feminism, which should help link to my Q.

    4. How far are you in terms of planning/writing your first section? (deadline is 21st October – intro plus 500 words-ish. Submit to the English Office 1:30-2pm)

    I have written my introduction and am now focusing on the most relevant and useful point to start with.

    5. Have you found an effective way to organise all of your notes? (quote banks/ex. book or electronic/ context/ research/ mind maps?) If not, what are you doing about it?

    Yes, I have a folder full of labelled and separated topics relating to theme, motifs, symbolism, character analysis, context and quotes, for each book.

    6. What is your biggest worry at this point?

    Making my essay flow/the starting point – it’s always the hardest to get right, and if I get it right I will find the remainder of the essay much easier.

  11. 1. How do your three chosen writers explore the idea of control? Three Texts: Her Land (Charlotte Perkins Gilman), 1984 (George Orwell) and Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood).
    2. Exploring how each author presents their ideas of control differently.
    3. Reading articles on the Internet that are relevant contextually. (i.e. Feminism, Dictatorships) .
    4. Initial planning/outlining of what we want to write. Quote searching.
    5. Colour coding, exercise book, quote banks.
    6. Not having sufficient research, structuring the essay.

  12. Adrienne Parmenter says:

    1. What is the question you have agreed with your teacher and what are your text choices (including ideas for your 3rd text)

    How do your three chosen writers explore the idea of control? My three chosen texts are The Handmaid’s Tale by Magaret Atwood, 1984 by George Orwell and The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

    2. What are you most excited to write about ? Why have you chosen this question?

    I am interested in analysing how The Help compares to the two futuristic novels and also the backround knowledge that accompanies the novels, for example, rascism in The Help compared with gender inequalities in The Handmaid’s Tale.

    3. What research have you managed to date? online? videos? journal articles? Critical theory? Literary criticism? historical? cultural? Newspaper articles/reviews? Any suggestions for others to have a look at…..

    I have so far researched into new wave feminism as well as a newspaper article that was focused on the novel 1984. This will be helpful in elaborating when it comes to comparing texts.

    4. How far are you in terms of planning/writing your first section? (deadline is 21st October – intro plus 500 words-ish. Submit to the English Office 1:30-2pm)

    I have written my introduction which needs tweaking and have planned some comparisons.

    5. Have you found an effective way to organise all of your notes? (quote banks/ex. book or electronic/ context/ research/ mind maps?) If not, what are you doing about it?

    I have created a table which compares and contrasts 1984 with The Handmaid’s Tale. I have also started making comparisons with The Help based on my question.

    6. What is your biggest worry at this point?

    Whether I am writing in a way that effectively compares the texts with one another.

  13. Scarlett says:

    1. Compare how the writers, George Orwell, Maragret Atwood and Kazuo Ishiguro, present a loss of identity. (using ‘1984’, ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’)

    2. I’m excited about looking at all of this as a whole, especially looking at the different methods present the loss of identity. I really enjoyed reading ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and saw so many different connections to ‘Never Let Me Go’, so for me that was the obvious choice. Identity has always been a theme that interests me throughout literature, and the choice of third text and choice of question just seemed to fit together.

    3. I have researched online into the theme of identity within the three texts, picking up some key quotes as well. I have also recently begun to go through my texts again and pick out some of my own key quotes that I didn’t find on the internet.

    4. I’m formulating my arguement at the moment, so I will be able to write my 500 words with a clear idea of what points I’m making and my arguement will be stronger.

    5.I keep a quotes bank with all of the quotes I have found so far, and I expand on my quotes, explaining why they are relavant to my question.

    6. My biggest worry is trying to equally balance my points between the three texts, as I feel that I would spend too much of my coursework talking about ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’ and how they link together, and not enough about ‘1984’

  14. Lauren says:

    1. ‘Characters other than the protagonist are merely used as background scenery.’ To what extent is this true in your three chosen texts?
    Texts: 1984 – George Orwell, The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood, The Children of Men – P.D.James

    2. I am most excited about exploring my chosen text – The Children of Men, in relation to the other two, as I feel there is many links. I also would like to begin to explore in depth the effect minor characters have on the plot, and the protagonist also.

    3. I have researched online the historical significance of the Christian Right, and feminism in relation to HMT, alongside other key themes such as use of language. I have also researched the use of language in 1984, in relation to HMT. However I haven’t created any quote banks, out of fear of vapourisation.

    4. I have begun thinking about planning, but have focused mainly on re-reading texts and I look forward to having my initial planning meeting with my teacher, to get me started on the essay.

    5. All my notes are organised in my folder each under their own section – eg. HMT, 1984, 3rd texts, Links.

    6. My biggest worry is crumbling under the pressure of all the coursework deadlines in my subjects being in the same week. I also worry that my writing will sound awful, as I haven’t seen any examples of the essay, which I feel has helped me in the past.

  15. Liberty says:

    1. Text choices are 1984 by George Orwell, The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Attwood and The Hunger Games (Volume One) by Suzanne Collins.

    2. The position of women in these dystopian societies is the thing that I am most eager to write about, as well as including the dystopian world and the rules that each individual character in the three different texts have to fit to – the challenges faced by attempting to fit into the society unwillingly, either because the characters either don’t know any different (their lives have always been like this) or because they know the consequences of their actions.

    3. To date, my main focus has been gathering enough relevant quotes to ensure I have enough to speak about and enough quotes to back up my points as evidence. I have been reading over chapters I think will be important or where a lot of my quotes are from to make sure that I fully understand them and can analyse them. I have just started to research more about 1984 and The Handmaids Tale to find out what life was like in the period they had been set in. My next plan will be do find some critical views and reviews on all of my texts.

    4. I have made a plan with the points I am going to make and have gathered my most relevant quotes. I have made a start on my intro and will be starting my draft as soon as possible.

    5. All my notes are in chapter order in my book, however I find mind maps useful in organising my notes and I will be typing all my notes up electronically so it is neater and clearer for me to read and understand. Then I will gather all my quotes and put them under a category which I will be talking about.

    6. My biggest worry is not focusing on all the AO’s and rambling and not keeping my essay concise and relevant to the question. Another worry is essay technique. Another worry is that I am not fully confident with my question and I may find myself rewording it an awful lot.

  16. mollydowrick says:

    1.“To what extent do you feel your 3 chosen writers explore the idea of control to portray the bleak futility of life under a dominating authority?”
    1984 – George Orwell, The Handmaid’s Tale (HMT) – Margaret Attwood and Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit (Oranges) – Jeanette Winterson

    2.I am most excited about exploring the theme of control as I find it very interesting to think of what the world would be like if we lived in a society like Oceania in 1984, under the regime in HMT and under a dominating and controlling religious regime in Oranges.

    I’ve chosen my question because I think the aspect that makes the control of the regimes so thought-provoking and threatening is the bleak futility of life and I would like to explore how control in my chosen novels inevitably leads to a poor quality of life.

    3.So far I’ve mainly been reading reviews by readers and critics on the 3 novels and beginning to link the texts under themes relevant to my question such as ‘control’, ‘bleak futility of life’ and ‘authority’ with brief points and quotes.
    I intend to conduct a lot more research online and begin investigating journal articles and literary criticism to enable me to have a strong and successful essay.

    4.To be honest, I’m not as far as I would like to be in terms of planning/writing my first section but if I ensure I do some work each day, I shouldn’t have a problem doing all the research I’d like to complete prior to writing the intro+500 words.

    5.I’m a big fan of spider diagrams and am using these to explore my ideas and link themes and quotes. I intend to put my ideas in a more structured and organised quote bank very soon.

    6.Keeping my notes structured and ordered in a way that is easy to refer to. Ensuring I support my points with enough relevant quotes.

  17. courteneybrown says:

    1. Compare and contrast how these writers explore the struggle between individual freedom and society’s control through their portrayal of the control of the spoken and/or written word. Three Texts: Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden), 1984 (George Orwell) and Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood).
    2. Exploring how each author presents their ideas of the control of the spoken/written word differently, and also the incorporation of context within the respective texts.
    3. Read articles on the Internet that are relevant contextually. (i.e. Feminism, Dictatorships).
    4. Initial planning/outlining of what we want to write. Quote searching.
    5. Colour coding, notebook, quote banks.
    6. Not having sufficient research, structuring the essay, incorporating ALL the information, meeting the criteria for all the AO’s.

  18. Georgie says:

    1. To what extent do the writers convey children as being the route to gaining and sustaining control? (The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, Never Let Me Go)

    2. I’m excited to write about the vulnerability and exploitation of childhood/parenthood in these dystopias because I found that when I was reading HMT, the memories of Offred’s childhood and of her own child were the most emotional for me. Also, in 1984 and Never Let Me Go, the impressionability of the children and the way their minds are so easily manipulated also interests me the most.

    3. I’ve found an interview with Kazuo Ishiguro on the DVD in which he answers the most commonly asked questions about the story, which was useful for giving me different areas to explore in my research and essay. Also I’ve been finding the York Notes for HMT and 1984 useful for finding critics, ideas and key quotes.

    4. I’m outlining deatiled points and sorting through them to find the most appropriate quotes and points to form my eassay.

    5. Simply writing out key quotes chronologically in each of the texts and using highlighters/coloured pens to cross reference.

    6. My biggest worry is that I might put to put too much emphasis on one of the texts, so I’ll need to be careful of this whilst I finalise my planning.

  19. Alexandra says:

    1. What is the question you have agreed with your teacher and what are your text choices (including ideas for your 3rd text)

    To what extent are the women in the novel objectified by individuals and society thus causing them to lack a sense of personal identity?
    (‘A Doll’s House’ by Henrik Ibsen, ‘1984’ by George Orwell and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Attwood)

    2. What are you most excited to write about? Why have you chosen this question?

    Personally, the idea of identity being removed is an interesting one, particularly for the women in these three texts. Studying how the slightest thing such as the colour of an outfit can label the women and force them to stay in their set roles is something I find exciting. Particularly, as even though all novels are set at different times in different countries, the idea of women having set roles and no identity remains the same.

    3. What research have you managed to date? online? videos? journal articles? Critical theory? Literary criticism? historical? cultural? Newspaper articles/reviews? Any suggestions for others to have a look at…..

    I already have some previous information on ‘A Doll’s House’ after studying it a AS level in drama and therefore have knowledge of social, historical, political and cultural references. However more recently, I have found discussions online as to the role of the women in two of the novels, exploring their roles. There are some videos online from authors that I have yet to watch but I will do at a later date.

    4. How far are you in terms of planning/writing your first section? (deadline is 21st October – intro plus 500 words-ish. Submit to the English Office 1:30-2pm)

    At the moment I am still collecting quotes and planning my points with rough ideas on how to form and develop them. My notes at the moment do need re-writing and organising so that when I come to write my essay I will be able to find everything with ease and clearly.

    5. Have you found an effective way to organise all of your notes? (quote banks/ex. book or electronic/ context/ research/ mind maps?) If not, what are you doing about it?

    I think I will use mind maps more as I find visual diagrams particularly helpful in processing my thoughts. Also I think that tables, possibly electronically, would help me to organise and plan more effectively so I will have to try and do it as I continue to plan.

    6. What is your biggest worry at this point?

    Time management is one of my worries, however the biggest one is the idea that I will lose track of the points I am trying to make and not answer the question, particularly as I have a tendency to ‘waffle’.

  20. Beatriz & Corinne says:

    1. What is the question you have agreed with your teacher and what are your text choices (including ideas for your 3rd text)

    Beatriz: Q- Compare and contrast how these writers explore the struggle between individual freedom and society’s control through the portrayal of the control of the spoken and/or the written word. Texts- Ninteen Eighty-Four ; The Handmaid’s Tale; Fahrenheit 451

    Corinne: Q- How do your three chosen writers explore the idea of control? Texts- Nineteen Eighty-Four; The Handmaid’s Tale; Ella Minnow Pea

    2. What are you most excited to write about ? Why have you chosen this question?

    Beatriz: I chose this question because freedom of speech and literature are something that I think is fundamental in a society, so for me it is interesting to explore a regime that restricts these for its own benefit. I am most exicted to write about the ideas behind Newspeak in Ninety Eighty-Four

    Corinne: I think it is interesting how people can control and manipulate the masses and I can write about this well.

    3. What research have you managed to date? online? videos? journal articles? Critical theory? Literary criticism? historical? cultural? Newspaper articles/reviews? Any suggestions for others to have a look at…..

    Beatriz: I have looked into how literature has been manipulated and restricted by other dictators and oppressive regimes and how some writers have before fled the country to escape punishment for their works.

    Corinne: I have read different interpretations and criticisms of Handmaid’s Tale. I have also looked into oppressive regimes and context when the authors were writing their novels.

    4. How far are you in terms of planning/writing your first section? (deadline is 21st October – intro plus 500 words-ish. Submit to the English Office 1:30-2pm)

    Beatriz: I have written a basic plan and begun the intro for my essay.

    Corinne: Initial planning, intro unfinished.

    5. Have you found an effective way to organise all of your notes? (quote banks/ex. book or electronic/ context/ research/ mind maps?) If not, what are you doing about it?

    Beatriz: I have printed any research I’ve done and put it in my folder and I’ve been annotating the books as I’ve read them

    Corinne: I have begun a quote bank and have made lots of mind-maps with notes.

    6. What is your biggest worry at this point?

    Beatriz: Balancing the work-load of my coursework with everything else that’s piling up at the moment

    Corinne: Ensuring that I can complete this to the best of my ability and include an adequate amount of AO4.

  21. Tanoa says:

    1. What is the question you have agreed with your teacher and what are your text choices (including ideas for your 3rd text)
    WHAT ASPECT (edited from ‘Is the use’) of propaganda in both dystopias portrayed in ‘HMT’ & ‘1984’ the most effective ploy to unite a nation in submission to a regime?
    2. What are you most excited to write about ? Why have you chosen this question?
    A study, somewhat, into human psychology and what aspect of propaganda is most able to ‘touch a nerve’, in a human, mentally and emotionally – causing them to follow ludicris rules and regulations.
    3. What research have you managed to date? online? videos? journal articles? Critical theory? Literary criticism? historical? cultural? Newspaper articles/reviews? Any suggestions for others to have a look at…..
    Watched many videos and read articles on the North Korean state of society. Have studied into Hitler, Mussolini and their use of propaganda – enforcing their extreme ideologies on respective Nations in a time of vunerability. Also looked into dictators forcing societies into submittence to oppressive regimes through violence – Idi Ameen. (Watching the film ‘Last King of Scotland’, huge amounts of information on Hitler and Mussolini online and in books)
    4. How far are you in terms of planning/writing your first section? (deadline is 21st October – intro plus 500 words-ish. Submit to the English Office 1:30-2pm)
    Have done mind maps, outlining key areas to focus on – have begun picking out key sections from 2 of the 3 texts.
    5. Have you found an effective way to organise all of your notes? (quote banks/ex. book or electronic/ context/ research/ mind maps?) If not, what are you doing about it?
    Mind maps, folders of A04 on my computer.
    6. What is your biggest worry at this point?
    Having a full, in depth knowledge of all 3 texts (am slightly behind in that respect)

  22. Jemima says:

    1. ‘Meaningful relationships are non-viable in dystopian literature.’ Compare the presentation of romance in your three chosen texts. (‘The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Attwood, ‘1984’ by George Orwell and ‘Never Let Me Go’ by Kazuo Ishiguro)

    2. What are you most excited to write about ? Why have you chosen this question?
    When I read ‘HMT’ what instantly struck me was how romance is portrayed as a threat to the new society, as passion is seen as a dangerous emotion. This idea was also a feature of ‘1984’ and I wanted to explore why the authors feel this is such an important feature of a dystopia.

    3. What research have you managed to date? online? videos? journal articles? Critical theory? Literary criticism? historical? cultural? Newspaper articles/reviews? Any suggestions for others to have a look at…..
    After finishing ‘Never Let Me Go’ , I began to watch videos of Ishiguro on YouTube talking about his intentions behind the novel and why he wrote it, to give myself an overview on the novel as a whole. I have also found on Google a variety of essays on romance in ‘HMT’ and ‘1984’ as these gave me an insight into how other people have interpreted the inclusion of romance in dystopian literature.

    4. How far are you in terms of planning/writing your first section? (deadline is 21st October – intro plus 500 words-ish. Submit to the English Office 1:30-2pm)
    So far I have collected quotes from ‘HMT’ and ‘1984’ and have used these to construct a rough plan of my essay, as I plan to begin writing my first section within the next few days.

    5. Have you found an effective way to organise all of your notes? (quote banks/ex. book or electronic/ context/ research/ mind maps?) If not, what are you doing about it?
    For me, I organise everything into separate word documents, e.g. quote banks, plan etc. This means that all my notes are neat and tidy, and as they are stored on a memory stick they are easily accessible and up to date.

    6. What is your biggest worry at this point?
    My biggest worry is that I will deviate from the question and begin to make points that aren’t very relevant, or that I may accidentally focus on one of the texts more than the others.

  23. Jennifer Ullah says:

    1. What is the question you have agreed with your teacher and what are your text choices (including ideas for your 3rd text)
    Compare how your chosen writers explore the rebellion of the individual against the controls of society.
    My three chosen texts are ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood and ‘Nineteen Eighty Four’ by George Orwell and ‘The Colour Purple’ by Alice Walker
    2. What are you most excited to write about ? Why have you chosen this question?
    The feminist concepts in the books such as gender roles, and the ways in which society controls the individual, I am especially looking forward to writing about the contextual background to control in society.

    3. What research have you managed to date? online? videos? journal articles? Critical theory? Literary criticism? historical? cultural? Newspaper articles/reviews? Any suggestions for others to have a look at…..
    I have a few articles on Google Scholar focusing mainly on feminist criticisms on the novels and the control in the texts.
    I have also done some light research on the authors and how their lives reflect on their life for example, Alice Walker was a feminist activist in her college years which is reflected in ‘The Colour Purple’ as she explores the social standing of a woman, or to be precise an African-American woman in the 1910-1940’s in which the book was set.

    4. How far are you in terms of planning/writing your first section? (deadline is 21st October – intro plus 500 words-ish. Submit to the English Office 1:30-2pm)
    I have completed my introduction and 500 words, I have to make a few alterations and additions before the deadline.

    5. Have you found an effective way to organise all of your notes? (quote banks/ex. book or electronic/ context/ research/ mind maps?) If not, what are you doing about it?
    I keep all my class notes and homework in my exercise book, any loose sheets I keep in a plastic sleeve in my book. I have contextual research and critical essays saved on a folder on my computer.

    6. What is your biggest worry at this point?
    My biggest worry is gaining the best possible marks for my AO2 and AO3.

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