Malfi cf. Paradise Lost - a focus on AO5

Below you will find the questions referred to in this podcast recording which explores the two text comparison paper, focusing in particular on AO5. In addition, here are links to two essays which will complement your studies in this area -

This link will take you to a paper by Empson on Paradise Lost

This one is for C.S. Lewis' perspective.

Answer one of the following questions:

1. “Writers, readers and audiences delight in the spectacle of sinfulness.

In the light of this view, consider ways in which writers present sinful behaviour. In your answer compare one drama text and one poetry text. [30]

2. “Characters who are caught in an internal conflict – that is what we want from Literature.”

In the light of this view, discuss ways in which writers represent internal conflict. In your answer compare one drama text and one poetry text. [30]

3. “The distinctive feature of the writing of the past is the focus on religious ideas.

In the light of this view, discuss ways in which writers explore religious ideas. In your answer compare one drama text and one poetry text. [30]

4. “As readers, success tends to leave us cold; it is failure, disaster and catastrophe that really engage our interest.”

In the light of this view, consider way in which writers explore “failure, disaster and catastrophe”. In your answer, compare on drama text and one poetry text from the above lists. [30]

5. “In the Literature of the past female characters are invariably regarded as inferior to male characters from both a moral and intellectual point of view.”

In the light of this view, discuss the influence of gender in the drama and poetry texts that you have read. [30]

6. “It is their weaknesses that make heroic characters interesting.”

In the light of this view, discuss ways in which writers present heroic characters. In your answer compare one drama text and one poetry text. [30]