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2  One of the devices that causes tension in the book is the theme of learning. Mr Watts represents formal Western education; Dolores is the strongest proponent of island “wisdom”.  Read pp. 27, 32-33, 35-40, 48, and Ponder the following:  What is Mr Watts’ motivation for these lessons?  How do the lessons accelerate the culture clash?  What do you think the author is saying about learning?

3  Tropical islands such as Bougainville are often referred to as “a Paradise on Earth” in tourist guides. Yet the island has been fraught with conflict for years.  Read pp. 8, 20, 34, 46, 104-5, 179, 184. Think of the following questions and report back:  Matilda’s voice is clinical in her narration of both the horror and the beauty. Why?  The beauty of the island is deliberately juxtaposed with the horrific things done by people. Is the author trying to say something here? What?

4  Pp Cleansing force; renewal.  Allows Matilda to escape following the atrocities  Circularity with island stories – Matilda learned to swim by her father throwing her in the water  Suicidal thoughts – Matilda’s strength  “Mr Jaggers” – the log that saves Matilda’s life (intertextuality).

5  GENERAL TOPICS  You can use one of these topics to write about ANY type of extended text (including non-fiction).  1. Readers are often challenged by controversial or difficult issues or ideas. Analyse how an issue or idea in a text you have studied challenged you to alter or develop your ideas.  2. Readers will often think about characters long after a text has been finished. Analyse how the writer made a character or characters memorable for you in a text you have studied.  3. Readers often respond to texts by comparing the time and place in which the text is set with their own society. Analyse how the setting of a text you have studied caused you to examine aspects of your own society.  4. Readers need to make a connection with a text for the reading experience to be satisfactory. Analyse how your experience of reading a text you have studied was either satisfying or unsatisfying.  5. Many writers set out to explore the nature of human experiences, such as love, grief, revenge, or racism. Analyse how a text you have studied explores an aspect of human experience.  6. The structure of a text is important in controlling the rise and fall in tension.Analyse how a text you have studied has been structured to achieve impact.


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