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Leaving Certificate 2009 • Image that you, as a reader, could visit the world or social setting of the comparative texts you have studied. • A) describe what you found interesting about the social setting in ONE text. (30). • B) compare the social setting in another text with the one from (a) and say which you find more interesting (40).
a) Describe what you found interesting about the social setting in ONE text • Introduction 1. 2. 3. 4. Importance of money Division of power The roles of men and women Love and marriage • Conclusion
Refer to the question at the start of each new paragraph. • There is no doubt that money creates a number of interesting situations throughout the text. We see in the beginning… • The division of power is a fascinating aspect of the text as it tells viewers so much about the society the film was made in.
Introduction • The text I am going to discuss is ‘Casablanca’, the 1942 film directed by Michael Curtiz. There a number of ways in which the social setting is interesting to me: the role of money, the division of power, the relationships between men and women and the value put on marriage are among the most interesting aspects of the text.
What the examiners look for • Candidates will point out interesting…attractive… appealing characteristics of the social setting of their choice. • The descriptions will variously include some comment on ‘the way things are and the ways things are done in the place concerned’ (rules, expectations, relationships etc. ) that make them interesting…captivating etc. • • Purpose = 9 Coherence = 9 Language = 9 Mechanics = 3
What the examiners look for • Rules: (money, power) • Expectations: (clear rules on who makes) • Relationships: (men, women and marriage)
‘Casablanca’ ‘All My Sons’
Comparative phrases • • • But Although Yet On the other hand On the contrary However • • • Simultaneously In contrast Meanwhile At the same time In the meantime Conversely
Write a story using all these words • • • But Although Yet On the other hand On the contrary However • • • Simultaneously In contrast Meanwhile At the same time In the meantime Conversely
Write a story using all these words • The teacher was going to let the class off homework but she changed her mind. Although the class was working hard she had just broken up with her boyfriend and decided to take it out on the students. She knew that this was wrong but on the other hand, she wanted to blame somebody. • [continue: make it as unbelievable as possible]
Leaving Certificate 2009 • B) Compare the social setting in another text with the one from (a) and say which you find more interesting (40).
Leaving Certificate 2009 • How do you do this?
Leaving Certificate 2009 • Introduction 1. Importance of money [‘Casablanca and ‘All My Sons’] 2. Division of power [‘Casablanca and ‘All My Sons’] 3. The roles of men and women [‘Casablanca and ‘All My Sons’] 4. Love and marriage [‘Casablanca and ‘All My Sons’] • Conclusion
The roles of men and women • ‘Casablanca’ • ‘All My Sons’
The roles of men and women ‘Casablanca’ ‘All My Sons’ • Men make key decisions (“you will have to do the thinking for both of us” said Ilsa to Rick). • Women don’t work – where does Ilsa get the money for her glamorous lifestyle? • Women have more input into decisions. Kate Keller and Annie have some emotional influence over men. • But similarly, women don’t work. Chris tells Annie he will take her away and “look after her”.
Love and marriage • • ‘Casablanca’ Marriage more important than love. Ilsa stays with Laszlo rather than go with Rick in Paris. Rick shows that marriage is more important and that he loves her. ‘All My Sons’
• There is no doubt that money creates a number of interesting situations throughout ‘Casablanca’ and ‘All My Sons’. However, it does so in very different ways, even if the outcomes are equally powerful. • In the film, we see how money is a matter of life and death. People need money to buy visas to leave Casablanca. Ugarte kills two German officers and tries to sell his visas. Captain Renault accepts bribes in order to provide people with visas. Ilsa, once so deeply in love with Rick, threatens to kill him when he won’t sell her his exit visas. • Similarly, in ‘All My Sons’ money can be said to be a matter of life and death. Joseph Keller allows airplane parts, which he knows to be faulty, to be sold to the army. His foolish decision leads to the death of 22 men, who die when the parts fail and their planes crash. We can see that the pursuit of money is a corrupting influence in as much of a factor in ‘All My Sons’ as it is in ‘Casablanca’.