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Extended Essay about a play?

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Hi everybody,

I just started the IB two weeks ago. My extended essay won't be due until christmas, but I want to get started on it. My question is, is it possible to write about a play? I was thinking about Our Town, by Thornton Wilder. I wouldn't do it as a Theatre Extended essay, I would want to do it as a Group 2, Category 3 EE. Is that possible?

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Guest Marie Feldhoff

I think you could do it in category 2, if it's a play, put it in the right cultural context. Or if it's a book (drama), in category 3, make sure it's written in your target language then you're all fine. Best would be to read the subjet guide, and ask your supervisor/teacher or EE coordinator.

It helps a lot to read former Extended Essay as a guide line so that you get an expression of what you're about to do.

Category 1: language

The essay should be a specific analysis of the language (its use, structure and so on) normally related to its cultural context or a specific text.

Category 2: culture and society A: essays of a sociocultural nature with an impact on the language

The essay should be an analysis of a cultural nature that describes the impact of a particular issue on the form or use of the language.

B: essays of a general cultural nature based on specific cultural artifacts

The essay should be an analysis of a more general cultural nature but specific to a country or community where the language is spoken. Topics that are too broad and could apply to many cultures (like globalization, the death penalty or eating disorders) are inappropriate.
Essays of a general cultural nature must be based on specific cultural artifacts. Cultural artifacts in this context are understood to include a wide variety of phenomena, ranging from works of fine art to newspapers, magazines and cartoons, to films, television programmes and popular music.

Category 3: literature

The essay should be an analysis of a literary type, based on a specific work or works of literature exclusively from the target language. In the case of a comparison of texts, alltexts must originally have been written in the target language."

Good Luck!


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thanks for your answer.

I might have made a mistake, I think the Essay will be a Group 1 EE. So if I would want to do a Group 1 EE on "Our Town," would this play be considered literature so that I could write a Category 1 or 2 Essay about it?

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