Task 2C: Understanding the world

Task 2C asks you to write a text in which you present 2 characters from English-language literary texts or films. You are asked to discuss ways in which they have broadened your understanding of at least two of the following points:

We cannot choose the two characters from English-language literary texts or films for you, because it should be a personal choice based on what you have studied in your English course. However, we will give you some general guidelines for the sections you have to include in your…

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People

If you want to discuss how the characters you choose influenced your understanding of people, you should think of their traits and actions, as well as how they were influenced by the environment they grew up in.

For example, Text 9 in your preparation material (which is an excerpt from a book) focuses on the character of Maya, who is also the narrator of the story. Maya is a teenager living in “Brownsville, Texas” (p. 15, l. 26) with her parents.

At school, she is a social outcast, ignored by the most popular groups of students. Maya describes her circumstances with irony, which reflects her capacity to make fun of her situation but also that she is frustrated because of her unpopularity: “I fall into the Social Outcast group, the lowest level of people at school who aren’t paid to be there.” (p. 15, ll. 11-12)

Despite mocking popular students like the volleyball girls, Maya feels pressured to become popular. We notice that Maya has a similar attitude towards the old magazine about becoming popular. She first mocks it, but as she be…

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Relationships

If you want to discuss how an English-language fictional character broadened your understanding of relationships you should think about what type of relationships the text or film focuses on: romantic relationships, family relationships, work relationships, friendship, etc.

For example, in Text 9 in your preparation material, the character of Maya talks about her relationship with her friend and family: “I’m joined in my lowly negative-digit station by my close friend and confidant Kenzie.” (p. 15, ll. 12-13); “That was when my mom had the idea – an amazing, terrifying, once-in-a-lifetime idea. "Maya, you should follow the advice this year, in eighth grade, and write about what happens." ” (p. 16, ll. 8-9)

The story shows that having a friend like Kenzie made it easier for Ma…

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Love and happiness or pain and grief

If you want to discuss how an English-language fictional character broadened your understanding of feelings like love, happiness, pain, and grief you should reflect on the what caused these feelings in the character, linking them with social issues mentioned in the text or film you choose.

For example, pain and grief can be caused by seeing someone you love suffering because of a disease, but also by being bullied and rejected by your peers. These situations are covered in Text 5 in your preparation material. Sarah Kigozi needs to take care of her sick mother and brother, for example: “I take care of my 16-year-old autistic brother and also my mother, who has a form of cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma.” (p. 9). Also, Samia M…

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