• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Comparative commentary

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Comparative Commentary For most of the people, bears are cute and look somehow friendly. Even though we know, that those animals can be very dangerous, the bears are often underestimated. Not only because we cannot find them in our near environment, and therefore don't know which impact they have, but also because we grow up watching series like Winnie the Poo (1977) or Brother Bear (2003), where bears have the hero and victim roles. Both these texts are based on the relation between the bear and man. The first is a newspaper article, concerned with the bear's extinction. The second text is an extract from a nineteenth-century novel, elevating the status of the bear and forgiving its misdemeanors. The theme of the first text is the survival of the bear. ...read more.

Middle

The whole extract is emotional rather than statistical and is about one particular bear. The author makes some close ups, looking at the bears appearance, habits and its personality, which proves once more, that the text is based on personal experience. The author also tries to compare the bear to a human, which makes the reader understand the bear's situation and lets the bear appear as a victim rather than a perpetrator. Both texts are written in the 3rd person, but this is the only thing they have in common related to its perspectives. The first text is an objective article and shows a degree of partiality. Because some statistics have been used, the article is scientific and could be seen as part of an encyclopedia. ...read more.

Conclusion

The other text's language is more dramatic and overstated. Figurative language has been used, like "...with no more effect than so many peas blown through a tube by a child..." Alliterations ("...beginning back before the boy was born...") emphasize its fame. Using varying diction, like "loomed and towered," the huge scale of the bear can be measured. The syntax is also complex to express awe, wonder and incredulity. Both texts speak in favor of the bear and against its potential extinction. The scientific articles aim is a direct way to convince the reader to support them. The author wants to show the readers in which way they might help and which effects it would have. The second text though, is more about an honest experience by someone who admires bears. The narrator's motive was not to convince someone, but only to tell his story related to a bear. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. Fasting Feasting by Anita Desai Detailed Study Notes

    can cause them to get disgraced by their parents and often even disowned. In the novel Ramu is an example of a rebel who fought for his own freedom. Although he ended up in charge of his own life Desai never expresses weather he in the end gained happiness from abandoning his family's expectations and culture.

  2. "Winter Syntax" by Billy Collins

    As mentioned before, the word "snow" can be viewed as a "page". So when the traveler struggles all night through the snow, it represents a writer struggling all night to write.

  1. Response to text. terror attack 26/11

    The repeated use of my friend shows the anger, although it may seem to have been written in a calm way, the anger being expressed is being expressed in a very subtle way. Although hating something as small and unimportant like a walk does not matter much, she tries to

  2. Vietnamese Poetry and Language

    �a� la�m th�, du� ch� co� mo�t ba�i duy nha�t - mo�t ba�i th� t��ng �a� �u� ne�n va�o �o� ta�m s�� ca� mo�t ��i ng��i - va� da�n da� t��ng truye�n nga�n la�n l���t ra ��i, la�m mo�n qua� tinh tha�n quy� gia� cho ca�c the� he� ho�m nay va� cho va�n ho�c mai sau.

  1. WL-German: Comparative Commentary on "Der Fremde" and "Hexenjagd"

    Seine Frau Elizabeth vergab ihm zwar, doch es beeinflusst ihre Beziehung noch immer; Elizabeth vertraut ihm nicht ("Der Pfeil steckt noch in dir, John." S. 46). Der nach au�en anst�ndige Proctor w�re nach damaligem Ermessen als schwerer S�nder angesehen gewesen.

  2. Poetry Commentary on To His Coy Mistress

    world enough, and time, / (...) coyness, lady, were no crime," (L.1-2). Also, by suggesting for the lovers to "sit down, and think which way / to walk" (L.3 - 4) for them to "pass [their] long love's day" (L.4), the poet emphasizes the concepts of time and space.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work