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  1. snowscar

    Extended Essay in English - can I summarize the story first

    My research question was Shades of Gray in Tolkien's moral universe: A case study - The Silmarilli and the One Ring. Basically, I had found a reviewer by the name of Edwin Muir who had said that Tolkien's characters are simply black and white and nothing in between. I didn't agree so I was determined to show him wrong. Thus, my EE attempts to show how both good and evil properties exist in even two inanimate objects, the Ring and the Silmarils. : ) I was quite happy with it by the end of the day. ^^
  2. snowscar

    Extended Essay in English - can I summarize the story first

    Well... I'm no examiner and I've frankly avoided Pride and Prejudice completely since those kind of books don't appeal to me, so I might not be the best person to cast my vote if you have a "good or bad" topic. However, I can say that I've read a couple of EEs about love and relationships which have scored quite well. If I'm getting you right your topic is roughly "Is love blind? - A case-study based on Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice". Let us look at the criteria from the IB EE Syllabus. It simply says for the research question to get a full mark: "The research question is clearly stated in the introduction and sharply focused, making effective treatment possible within the word limit." Well, I'd say you have narrowed it down to not simply looking at love, but looking at whether it is blind or not and limiting yourself at analyzing the relationships in Pride & Prejudice. So I'd say you could score well on this criterion, however, it is better to talk to your supervisor or someone more experienced than me. If you realise further ahead that it needs more limitation, then just focus on some relationships in P&P. It more comes down to how well you describe the question in your introduction and if you can create an interesting EE on this subject. And you're free to use the P.E.E. acronym. : ) Or English teacher used it a lot for our preparations in the IB finals, especially for paper 2. It's simply about that you should never write anything which doesn't have a meaning or just bull****ting to fill up words. That doesn't score well. Good luck!
  3. snowscar

    Harry Potter EE

    Seems very interesting. I've read an excellent EE on a similar topic but on another book, namely Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Maybe you'd be interested in reading it for inspiration of how you can look at characters? Don't be a copy-cat though! I found it quite useful since I wrote my EE about LotR. Don't be afraid of using Harry Potter even though some might see it as a bit too youthful. However, my English Teacher gave me a predicted A on my EE, despite it being about a fantasy book. lord of the rings.pdf
  4. snowscar

    Extended Essay in English - can I summarize the story first

    Well, you should never just simply retell a story. Most likely, the examiner will have read Pride and Prejudice being a classic. You have to have in mind that an examiner reads many EEs in a session and will likely be bored if you simply retell the plot. Books which are unlikely to have been read can have their plot explained briefly, but just enough for you to give a proper analysis. It would seem from your description that you have just retold it. Don't do that. Remember the acronym P.E.E. Point, Example, Explain. Point - what is your idea with this paragraph? Example - A situation from the book which applies to this idea. Explain - How does it apply to the idea and how does it contribute to your research question? My advise would be to cut parts of your summary and add your analysis to it instead. Do you have any EE available for you to read and such get a grasp of how others have used P.E.E.? Never describe something if you're not going to analyse it, that's just wasting the examiner's time and risks loosing the reader's interest.
  5. snowscar

    Extended Essay in English (SL)

    Ah there we have it! Good to know. So to everyone who reads this, try to be creative, if not with your ideas then with your topic! It's hard, but it could earn you some extra points.
  6. snowscar

    Extended Essay in English (SL)

    Well, what I tried to stay was that whatever ideas and thoughts about Pride & Prejudice you're planning to put into your essay. For example if you determine to analyze the theme love in the book Mrs Bennet's view of love compared to Elizabeth's and Darcy's, is most likely expected to appear somewhere in your essay. Do you follow? Good luck! Just start early! I started writing my essay around this time last year and my teacher (a tolkien-"disliker") even rated my essay to be a very high B or an A. Preparation and research is everything! And yes, it feels very nice, although there is a lot to revise until finals!
  7. snowscar

    Extended Essay in English (SL)

    I'm sorry! Can't help you there! Haven't read the book, although it's a classic. I know the plot, but that's about it. Ask your teacher if he/she can recommend a book which can be comparable. I'm sure there are quite a few which are similar. However, since you have chosen Jane Austen's most famous work, you have to be ready to delve deep into it. There are likely few original ideas that you'll discover which the examiner does not already know about. My teacher recommended me to stay the **** away from Shakespeare, simply because he believes that examiners will know the book blindfolded. But don't be disheartened! I'm not completely sure, but I don't think there is any certain criteria for very original ideas. I wish you good luck though! Try and find a comparable book if you want, might give that extra originality if you compare Pride and Prejudice to something else.
  8. snowscar

    Extended Essay in English (SL)

    I don't think you'll be penalized for exploring just one book. I have seen very good essays about "simply" one book and they have scored A's. What you need to think about is that you have to be more detailed when writing about one book, rather than two. I did mine on two books (Lord of the Rings & The Silmarillion) and I found it to be easy to structure it in a coherent manner. However, as said before, you can score well on one-book essays. Explore and analyze more. If you don't have a problem getting really into a book and you like it, then I don't see any reason to why you shouldn't go for it.
  9. The procedure at my school for IOC is that we get to choose two of the works which we have studied in English, and then our teacher will place extracts from these two books into three envelopes. Two from one book, and one extract from the other. Then we get to pick an envelope right before our preparation time. That's what I thought was standard procedure, anyhow.
  10. This summer I have finished my Business & Management IA, started with my EE (got like 40% done of the first draft), and started a bit with my History IA. I'll try and maybe revise some maths too, if I find the time. But there's time to enjoy as well, as all the others have said. Don't overload yourself with homework.
  11. Interesting, and thank you for the essay. It showed some concepts which I hadn't thought about (the ring as the feminine side of Sauron, for example). That's a kind of fresh view which would be quite handy to have in a similar essay. You got many good opinions which I hadn't really thought about, to be honest, I hadn't read through the EE guide to such an extent to realise it had to be an argument, but it seems quite obvious now. I feel the thing which interests me the most is of course the Valar, though an comparison between the two would become very speculating, due to small amounts of information about Tulkas and Orome, even if Orome is mentioned to an higher degree. So it might be too narrow, I fear. A comparison between Manwë and Melkor has the required information, but it might be too much black and white, if you understand what I mean. (Even though, this was my first original plan.) I have thought about feminism or female roles in Tolkien's works. And it is an interesting topic, where there exist many different discussions about it (the essay you linked as one example), but would it then become too normal and loose the cutting edge? Or is the Silmarillion in itself so unusual that any topic would be deemed original? However, it is a plausible and obviously doable subject. A bit far off from good and evil, but an interesting subject no less! Though, I must say, what caught my attention was the idea of Silmaril versus the One Ring. It's a provocative argument that would work in an essay, I think, though it would require small expeditions into the pages of the trilogy, as I believe there exists too little information about what happens to other people when carrying the One Ring. However, it might not require a deep read through page-to-page. The idea of them being objects leading to obsession and madness seemed interesting, and in a way be opposites to each other, all though both creates war. Maybe this one could work out to be an essay? PS: Page 16 of The Silmarillion says: "Melkor is counted no longer among the Valar, and his name is not spoken upon Earth." He is, however, an Ainur. Sorry for picking, but, just wanted to make that one straight. ^^ If anyone else has more ideas on these topics, I'd be glad to get more of this excellent feedback just provided.
  12. Well, alright. I am now in the middle between IB1 and IB2, and hoping to get the majority of my EE done during this summer, but I'm kind of stuck. I have read through the book The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, and come up with that I want to do an essay about good and evil in it, as Tolkien has created a norm of how a fantasy book should be written. However, I am constantly trying to find an original idea, that might be provocative but also analytical and not purely descriptive, but I have come to a standstill. Therefore, I hope that some of you might help me shed some light and fresh ideas on this topic. The current research questions I have looked at are the following: 1.How does the concept of evil and good affect the reading experience in Silmarillion? 2.What does it mean to be good or evil in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion? 3.Why do we emotionally side with the Valar in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion? 4.Are the Children of Ilúvatar good or evil in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Silmarillion? This is where I'm stuck. None feels like a huge sensation, in terms of originality, only the number 4 shows a degree of possible "hmm... I wonder what his conclusion is"-feeling to it. Though, I'm afraid it will be too descriptive as the actions are described which makes them evil, and not so much their feelings which does so. For the other questions, I thought more like describing the emotions which surfaces inside ourselves when we read about the actions which Melkor(the bad guy) and the Valar(the "gods") and also the Children of Ilúvatar(men and elves) does. For example, that the elves speak with clear and an almost singing language, whereas the orcs have a brute language, which in turn gives us the feeling of contempt at their uncivilized manners. Therefore, the question is: Do you think one of these are an appropriate research question, in terms of originality and analytical possibilities, or is there a better research question which you might have in mind?
  13. My research topic question is written like this:"How are the Powers of Creation described in [i]The Redemption of Althalus[/i] by David and Leigh Eddings in comparison with J.R.R. Tolkien’s [i]Silmarillion[/i]?" So what I thought was to compare how Tolkien describes Illuvatar, and what kind of relationship his Valar has. With Melkor being the destroyer and bringing dissonance in the Music. And in the Redemption, one compare what relationship the three gods have, and how their world is built up. But to bring in an analytical view in the essay, one might need to look in to how innovative each creation theory are in comparison with our existing religions. Maybe that would work?
  14. Well, I'm currently in IB1 and trying to start working on my EE just to be prepared in time for the summer. I have decided for the topic which is to be about the powers of creation in J.R.R. Tolkien's "Simarillion", and in David Eddings's "The Redemption of Althalus". With the Powers of Creation, I mean a closer look on the two myths of how each world was created, and who was responsible for doing it. For example: In Silmarillion you have Illuvatar, and the creation of the life-giving music. Whereas in the Redemption, you have the three siblings: The Creator, The Keeper, and the Destroyer. What I'm asking is whether you think it is a good topic, and, if anyone has read both of them, would know any good similarities and important differences which I could analyse in them. Or do you think it is a too broad question, in that case, what could I do to narrow it down?

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