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anyone doing "a streetcar named desire" by tennessee williams?

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Dramatic monologue on the theme of overcoming barriers in David Malouf's "An Imaginary Life".

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I have to talk about Sir Robert Chiltern. Thats the criteria the teacher gave us...

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Hey guys, I wanted to know how much is the IOP out of. Any idea?

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30 points. A link to the rubric that IB uses is on this site: http://hrsbstaff.edn..._Assessment.htm
Also, the details are in the Language A1 syllabus.

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I don't know if this is illegal, but I'd like to share some IOP topics which were really presented by IB students in some schools. The list was collected by my teacher from I don't know where, maybe her friends who are teaching English A1 in other schools, and she gave my class the list to give us some ideas for our IOP. and these are not my presentation topics.

However I am not even taking English A1 so I never read these books, and I don't know which of these topics are from which book. But I guess the books used in the topics in this list are: Death of a Salesman, The Stranger, Things Fall Apart, The Glass Menagerie and The Outsider.

  • How much of the author is there in Meursault?
  • How fictional is Death of a Salesman?
  • Did Willy Loman die in vain?
  • Theory of the absurd, expounded as an interview with Camus (the author).
  • The importance of the physical and emotional worlds in The Stranger.
  • The Character of Meursault as an anti-hero.
  • The effects of religion and social expectations on the life of Meursault.
  • Reflections on the American Dream presented as a conversation between Biff and Linda after Willy's death.
  • Death of a Salesman - a mockery of the American Dream.
  • The characterisation of Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart.
  • In depth study of Chapter 6 of The Stranger.
  • Is Willy Loman a tragic hero?
  • How does Camus use the trial of Meursault to show the hypocrisy and injustice of society?
  • Is Okonkwo a hero, or was he the cause of his own tragic death?
  • Escapism in The Stranger and The Glass Menagerie.
  • Theory of the absurd expounded as a role play between Meursault and the chaplain.
  • Exploration of the anti hero in The Stranger and Death of a Salesman.
  • Reality and illusion in Death of a Salesman and The Glass Menagerie.
  • The importance of myths in Things Fall Apart.
  • Achebe's technique for making us sympathetic to the Igbo people.
  • Does Achebe's simple style mean he has written a simple book?
  • Would Things Fall Apart have been better as a first person narrative told by Okonkwo?
  • The significance of women in Things Fall Apart.


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I'm thinking of

"How does Sophocles use the motif of sight and blindness to convey a moral message in Oedipus the King?"

Does this seem feasible?

Edited by C.James, Nov 18, 2010 - 04:48.


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My IOP was on the Hawthorne Short Stories and its portrayal of society, specifically the stories Minister's Black veil, Feathertop, and Dr. Heidegger's Experiment.

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How Katherine Mansfield destroys and undermines the ignorant bliss of her characters in two of her short stories: "The Stranger" (no, not the novel) and "Bliss."

I know, I know, you've never heard of Mansfield. It's okay though; you probably don't want to. :D

I might present on Wednesday. Hope I do well! -_-


Oh my gosh, finally someone else doing Katherine Mansfield! This is such a good topic, I might just steal it! I'm either going to do something with Mansfield or Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

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Mine was, "The role of fear of the gods in Things Fall Apart"

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Mine is a week from Friday (Wish me luck!) and will be about Lord of the Flies and how Piggy is the only character giving voice to a female (his auntie). Basically, how he's seen as a feminine character, aunt vs. uncle, and auntie vs. aunt.
Stuff like that...

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We're reading the Scarlet Letter/Ethan Frome/the awakening... they all have adultery as a common theme but i don't know what I'm going to do mine about... maybe how the authors condone adultery through their use of literary devices? but it would be interesting to analyze the use of the ocean as a symbol in the awakening... any suggestions?

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My IOP was about the author Mary Shelley's use of poetry in Frankenstein.

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is anyone doing their iop on the Great Gatsby?? my teacher said my topic is too common, and he said that the highest mark that you can get is a 6. i wanted to talk about how excessive unnecessary desires leads to one's ultimate demise. he said that i can do it, and it is a great topic, but you cant get a 7. im at least aiming or an 6+ so any ideas?? thanx!

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Mine consisted of monologues from the points of view of the (arguably?) main characters of The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien and The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh, O'Brien himself and Kien, respectively. I talked about the saying "character is what you are in the dark" and how that applies to war in the context of these two books.

Edited by Tensai, Dec 29, 2010 - 20:18.


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I'm doing my IOP in about 2 weeks and I'm thinking of doing 'The comparison of Lord of the Flies and 1984 - regarding dystopian worlds and ruling parties'.

But I'm not sure if i can use Lord of the Flies or not because this book was not taught in the IB program. I learnt it last year... Does anyone know the answer and can help me?

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As long as you can do something with at least one of the works studied in A1, you should be fine. Although, as far as my class went, works that were available to work with for the World Lits were unavailable to work with for the IOPs.

What I did is I analyzed the theme of colonial domination in Things Fall Apart by drawing parallels to Iron Maiden's Run to the Hills. :)

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I actually did mine yesterday, and it was on the significance of the paintings in Herman Hesse's Demian. So I basically talked about how they relate to the theme and affect the plot of the novel.

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Religion in Slaughterhouse Five :austin:

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Mine was Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys interview with main character ( Antoinette Cosway)


Wow, finally found someone who's reading this book for IB!

I did mine on this too, I presented about the significance of the book's title. What other titles did Jean Rhys consider using, how the mythical character of the Sargasso Sea reflects the tones of mysticism in the novel, how the vastness of the Sargasso Sea is symbolic of Antoinette's isolation from England, etc. I got a pretty good mark, and it was interesting to talk about.


I did mine on Wide Sargasso Sea as well! I know this is sort of an old post, but I just finished my iop a week ago. My topic was How the relationships involving Antoinette affected her identity, and I used a feminist critique to support it. I loved this book, it was really interesting :D






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