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    Critical Analysis of After Apple Picking by Robert Frost

    5 star(s)

    This work designed for an Individual Oral Commentary on Robert Frost’s After Apple Picking is excellent in approach, deep in its content and focused in style, taking account of the…

    • Essay length: 2663 words
    • Submitted: 10/09/2011
    • Reviewed by: (?) Arcturus 17/03/2012
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    King Lear Passage Analysis Act IV, Scene 7 (lines 26 - 69)

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    This commentary on the passage for IOC on Shakespeare’s King Lear is very organized in approach, elaborate in content and sharp in approach, accounting for the dramatic action of the…

    • Essay length: 1636 words
    • Submitted: 10/09/2011
    • Reviewed by: (?) Arcturus 17/03/2012
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    Comparison of emma and charls in madame bovary

    4 star(s)

    This is an intelligent essay, which answers the question appropriately and approaches it using both the general issues presented by the novel, as well as the more subtle textual innuendos.…

    • Essay length: 1714 words
    • Submitted: 03/05/2009
    • Reviewed by: (?) evabianka 12/04/2012
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    The Stark effects of being absurd in society- The Outsider

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    This essay shows a clear sense of direction and a precise argument – the introduction guides the rest of the essay towards the question of truth and lying, as well…

    • Essay length: 1224 words
    • Submitted: 29/01/2008
    • Reviewed by: (?) evabianka 12/04/2012
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    Portrayal of colonisers and the colonised in Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness

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    Overall the student has grasped the question to an intermediate level, and sets about making some discerning points on the literary and descriptive techniques that differentiate the coloniser and the…

    • Essay length: 1656 words
    • Submitted: 24/03/2012
    • Reviewed by: (?) fadingwinters 08/08/2012
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    Character development of Shukhov in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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    Although the introduction to this essay seems promising and based on fact, the body and conclusion are badly argued and render the essay superficial and lacking in analytical insight. The…

    • Essay length: 1739 words
    • Submitted: 17/02/2012
    • Reviewed by: (?) evabianka 05/04/2012
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    Death of a Salesman. Many symbols are included in the play. The tennis racquet, the seeds and the house are some of these symbols.

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    The student has identified the main symbols and motifs used in Death of a Salesman and drawn some relevant quotes from the play, yet the level of analysis fails to…

    • Essay length: 629 words
    • Submitted: 03/02/2012
    • Reviewed by: (?) fadingwinters 02/03/2012
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    How do Medea and Hedda Gabler combine tradition and unconventionality within their roles as women in a constraining society?

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    This world literature essay on Medea and Hedda Gabler is well-written and focused into comparing the novels with respect to the ability of the eponymous female characters to mix tradition…

    • Essay length: 1995 words
    • Submitted: 04/01/2012
    • Reviewed by: (?) Arcturus 21/03/2012
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"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page"

-St. Augustine

If you loved Crime and Punishment, and your favourite books tend to be those that transport you to faraway places, then you'll probably enjoy the world literature component of IB English Literature. The course teaches you to analyse literary works from many different time periods and cultures, so you'll get the chance to read translated literature alongside English literature.

To do well, you'll need to be able to construct complicated literary arguments in writing. If you would like some practice first, study Marked by Teachers collection of student-submitted IB world literature essays. The teacher-annotated papers will give you all the tools you need to earn top marks: you'll soon see the difference in your writing.

Students who excel in this course should consider studying English literature or a modern foreign language at the university level. When applying to these courses, having good marks in higher level English will be very helpful indeed.


Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Disgrace. Compare and contrast David and Lucys reaction to the attack in chapters 12 to 14

    "To conclude I would say that David and Lucy's reaction to the attacks could not contrast more. Where David appeared to be scared and Lucy put on the brave front, David was the one who was strong for them both, going to the market etc, whereas Lucy was finding life after the attack very difficult, 'her thumb in her mouth like a child.' However, Lucy does not want the attack to be known to the public, she wants to move on, forget the past, but David wanted revenge on the attackers. Lucy's attitude towards the attack suggests that she felt guilty for the mistreatment of blacks and felt this was her punishment, whereas David's beliefs that change shouldn't happen were stressed by the attack."

  • To what extent does Ibsens Hedda Gabler update the conventions of Greek tragedy that can be found in Euripides Medea?

    "To conclude, throughout this essay I have attempted to show and explain how Ibsen, in his play Hedda Gabler, has updated and twisted the conventions of Greek tragedy that can be found within Euripides' classic tragedy Medea. I have examined how the death of Hedda, in particular the location and reaction to it, utilises and manipulates convention to create drama and enable the audience to draw their own conclusion from the action. The nature of the Thespian Loevborg, and how Hedda lives through him, shows how Medea's character has been twisted and changed, that Hedda is no longer seeking revenge and equality, in the perhaps two dimensional Euripidean world that Medea inhabits, but also control and success. I believe that there are many ways in which Ibsen has updated the conventions of Greek tragedy, and that it is the use of farce throughout that presents this text as a truly modernised Greek tragedy. 1 Ibsen, Henrick, Hedda Gabler, Methuen Drama Student Editions, 2002 Methuen Publishing Ltd. P. 76. 2 Hedda Gabler, p. 99 3 Euripides, Medea, Cambridge University Press 1999, l.840 4 Hedda Gabler, p. 45 5 Medea l.298 6 Hedda Gabler, p. 37 7 Hedda Gabler, p. 104 8 Medea, l. 88 9 Hedda Gabler, p. 64 10 Medea, l. 398 11 Hedda Gabler p. 95 12 Hedda Gabler p. 99 C. Wild"

  • Who do you think is responsible for Gregor's fate? To what extent do you think he is responsible?

    "Mr. Samsa lacks the qualities of a caring father, which is the central reason for Gregor's death. With enormous responsibilities at a young age, his life even before the metamorphosis is the life of a beetle. Much of this has a lot of to do with Kafka's strained relationship with his own father, who he describes as "huge, selfish, (and an) overbearing businessman," in his Letter to his father. Although this is not the reason why Kafka died, it sure is the reason why Gregor dies."

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