Saturday, January 17, 2009

Austen, du Maurier, Rowling

Last term Transition Year pupil Sope Anthony-Ojolola received a Distinction for her Extended Essay. She writes:-

Love is the main topic for all three of the books I have chosen for this essay, and many different types are portrayed in many different ways. The books I have chosen are Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I think that these books really taught me a lot about just how much of an impact love has made on life in general and they were all brilliant and gripping in completely different ways. The three authors all had completely different styles of writing, but they each made them work in their own specific way.

Relationships, bonds, love, and most importantly, trust, all intertwine in all three of these books in such amazing and clever ways. All these heroes and heroines show us that the world is all based around love and that even though at some point we all wish that it was a much better place, it could also be much worse.

All these different relationships have made me think about how complicated relationships between people can actually be, but they all seem to be worth it at the end of the books. I hope I’ll be able to explain to you today what all these books have shown me about life and, of course, about love.

Read Sope's full essay here.

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