It is often said that literature is a voice for social commentary. How is

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1. Address the question
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 Use no more than 5 sentences
 Make sure you use the words that are in the question
 Pick which text types you want to use (The reader/The
Merchant of Venice/1984)
 Pick three main elements (Setting, Characterization,
Themes, Action, Style)
 State what is the social commentary in each text
 View of Nazi perpetrators in Germany
 Christians view of the Jews
 Context of the work can be read in the context of modern
times
 How it feels to be
Example
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The Reader and The Merchant of Venice are texts that
reflects society during the time period that they were written
in. Both texts examine how characters are marginalized and
judged by society, through the use of characterization,
setting and themes. The Reader is a novel that explores the
post-war generation's perspective on the older German
generation and we are positioned to sympathise with the
Nazi generation. On the other hand, The Merchant of Venice
is a play that examines the societal attitudes between
Christians and Jews in the context of the Elizabethan era.
These texts will be examined within a modern paradigm.
2. Analyze the 3 main points
CHARACTERIZATION
-Hannah vs Michael
-Shylock vs Antonio
Setting
- Bahnofstrasse, Courtroom
- Venice, Belmont
Themes
- Self interest
- Guilt
- Cycle of hatred
- Mercy
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3. Characterization
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4. Setting
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5. Themes
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6.Conclusion
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 Needs to be profound! WHAT IS THE SOCIAL
COMMENTARY. WHAT IS THE AUTHOR TRYING TO
SAY ABOUT SOCIETY
 Sum up the 3 main ideas that you have explored
 Characterisation
 Setting
 Themes
 Relate back to your thesis in the introduction
 These texts … are a voice to social commentary because
 Do not introduce any new points that you have not
explored in your essay

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