World Literature Paper 1

World Literature Paper 1 – Comparative
This is a comparative study based on an aspect of at least two of the three works from
the IB List A (One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich , The Plague, A Doll’s House). The
assignment should focus on some pertinent link between the two works, involving both
an examination of literary aspects / features, individual insight and personal engagement
with the texts, and an appreciation of cultural similarities / differences, when appropriate.
Works used in this paper cannot be used in the World Literature Paper 2.
The paper should include some introductory and concluding remarks as per written
One aim is to explore relationships between works in ways that show your own insight,
an engagement with the text, and/or and appreciation of cultural similarities/differences
as relevant to the analysis. This is not plot summary or a laundry list (“Here are several
examples of . . . “) – details/references should fuel an argument or thesis.
The body does not need to be a formal exposition of ideas but should establish an
Introduction can be a brief statement of the aims of the assignment.
Main body should reveal your insight into the works and appreciation of the link
chosen between the two. Literary aspects should be considered.
Conclusion could be a brief summary and personal evaluation of the outcome of the
Don’t just make parallel observations; link the works through comparison.
1000-1500 words in length (include word count with paper)
Submit possible topics in writing on Thursday, November 13. Be specific and
detailed as possible
Discussion of the works should be rooted in the texts – use specific examples with
appropriate citations
Bibliography / Works Cited list (in-text citations should follow MLA format)
Examples of topics:
The significance of colors in two works.
The presentation and significance of marital conflicts.
The relationship between plot structure and character development of protagonists.
The use of dramatic tension.
The presentation and significance of the father-figure.
The significance of opening/closing scenes.
The significance of titles.
Epiphanic scenes and their significances.