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joshman1

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Ransom and Invictus Comparison HELP
« on: July 22, 2019, 10:48:24 pm »
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Hey Guys,
We've just started looking at the film Invictus and the novel Ransom and we're starting to write practice essays on them. The first one we've been given is "Compare how Ransom and Invictus explore the competing impulses of duty and self interest." I've got one very brief idea but am struggling to form any strong arguments/links between the two texts. Any help with some ideas would be greatly appreciated.  :)

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Re: Ransom and Invictus Comparison HELP
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2019, 08:16:26 pm »
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You could start by finding some synonyms for "duty" and "self-interest". Having a range of terms for these key words will be handy for your essay writing. Then, consider how these two ideas are represented in the two texts - don't forget to think about how minor characters might be used to convey these ideas too.  If you look at "duty" first, in the film this takes different forms - Mandela's commitment to his country, his obligations to his family, the loyalty of his security guards, Pienaar's development of his leadership style as an expression of his devotion to his team members. In "Ransom" you could "match" these with Achilles disenchanment with serving Agamemnon, Patroclus' willingness to repalace Achilles on the battlefield, Priam's reminder that Achilles is also a father and the way he fosters empathy in him.