User Description:Characters (RED- QUOTE)(BLUE- FUNDER’S REACTION, THOUGHTS) 1. Anna Funder - Personally leads the reader on their journey of exploration into Stasiland and also chooses to reveal information about herself - Her role as narrator also allows the reader to know how she feels- to see events and people from her point of view - Sheds tears as she talks to Miriam, Julia and Frau Paul - Feels uncomfortable with Herr Bock, feels some sympathy for Herr Bohnsack, and does not like von Schnitzler - Reacts to the physical environments of the places she visits - Her obvious curiosity, detailed descriptions, and point of view towards the people she meets, engage the reader - Her control of her reader is why we should never forget that she is as much a part of Stasiland as other characters 2. Miriam Weber - Deliberately lives in an apartment that makes her feel secure: ‘From here you could see anyone coming’ - Funder captures the juxtaposition between her slight, fragile body and big voice: ‘… it fills the room, and it wraps us up’ - Became an enemy of the state at age 16 - The consequences of her homemade leaflet distribution, forcing the daring escape attempt over the Wall - Her story of her drastic attempt to leave the GDR is full of tension and angst as she comes so close to succeeding - Still has the scars from the barbed wire fence on her hands today - Managed to get past a guard dog that fails in its duty to attack her - Her experience in prison of undergoing sleep deprivation torture are harrowing - One cannot help but admire her desperate creativity in concocting a story purely to get some sleep - Her subsequent 18 month prison sentence forever changes the way she sees the world: ‘When I got out of prison, I was basically no longer human’ - Funder captures the pain in Miriam’s voice as she recalls the dehumanizing and claustrophobic prison experience that left her psychologically wounded her life - Charlie Weber gave new meaning to her life even though the Stasi regularly harassed both - His death in Stasi custody shattered Miriam, her grief and anger driving her desire to find out the truth behind both his death and absurd funeral. - Places hope that the puzzle women will find evidence to explain Charlie’s death - Personality: doesn’t return phone calls, respond to Funder’s letters, seemingly disappearing for a period of time, although always on Funder’s mind - Last chapters: we learn she has started to let go of her urgency to discover the truth behind Charlie’s death - Frustrated by her dealings with the German authorities - Funder’s final description of Miriam provides a contrast to the fragile woman she first met: ‘Miriam walks ‘straight backed into the sunlight’, Funder hoping that ‘for now (her) beasts are all in their cages’
Comparative Analysis for the Pair: "Stasiland/1984"
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VCE - Year 12 - English
This is an essay for the comparative analysis pair: 'Stasiland' by Anna Funder and 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' by George Orwell, that received a mark in the"High Range"(9-10) in the 2017 VCE English Exam. Section B is now a comparative analysis of two chosen texts (or films) and many students struggled as they had no past papers or sample essays to help them. This essay has 3 body paragraphs. The response shows knowledge and understanding of both texts, and the ideas and issues they present, not forgetting the use of textual evidence to support the comparative analysis. Of course control and effectiveness of language use is important and demonstrated throughout the essay. And most importantly it shows discussion of meaningful connections, similarities or differences between the texts. VCE English Study Score 2017: 43 RAW