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Should Anna Funder have written Stasiland?

This question is for Unit 3/4 English. This is an essay topic

Thanks!


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@puszam: Interesting question! Can you elaborate on the question? Is this an essay topic?
This is an essay topic. Ideas I thought of are:
- there is only so much you can write about peoples' personal lives
- but, the book can show us the strength of individuals
@puszam: That makes more sense now.

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Hi puszam,

Given that this is an essay topic, I would begin by unpacking the essay topic:

Should Anna Funder have written Stasiland?

Anna Funder

  • Talk about her background
  • Research other books she's written
  • Make references to quotes that attributed to her in general
  • Establish links between her own personal life and the themes in Stasiland

Written

  • You might even want to expand on what she could have done instead of writing it, e.g: would Stasiland make more sense as a movie? I wouldn't cover this too much because it's a little "off topic" but you might get some bonus points for creativity.

Stasiland

  • Explore the major themes of Stasiland
  • Link the themes back to Anna Funder's life
  • Explore reasons why she is a good fit for writing the book
  • Explore reasons why she isn't a good fit for writing the book

For example, you mentioned the 'strength of individuals' - I'd talk about this in the context of Anna Funder as a writer and also the book and explore/expand upon this theme in detail.

Hope that helps.


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@puszam: Let me know if this answers your questions and helps. Hope it does!