The Fool, Cordelia, Sight & Blindness, Theme of Love, Justice & Corruption, Imagery & Symbolism, Men vs Women
Yeats, Bishop, Durcan, TS Eliot
I think it'll be Cultural Context and General Vision. Know at least 2 and you're guaranteed a question
A very close family friend works for one of the leading printing companies in Ireland(will remain unnamed) and they happened to see one of the two possible English papers. Two are created in case of emergency. I myself am in college but thought I'd share my knowledge as I know what you are going through. Character question on King Lear is on the minor characters in the play they give examples like Cornwall,Albany,Oswald and Curran. The second question is very abstract and is the reason I am posting this;if you were a directing a movie version of King Lear how would you portray character development,madness and what actors and what props would you use.
I cant beleive it i saw the exact same paper while working. Me and my mate danny work in A printing factory in an industrial estate in dublin and we were dealing with an incoming shipment for the SEC from the UK (they dont print the booklets in ireland but they send them all around to the factories in ireland for finalising and making sure there are no errors) anyway, danny being the absoloute maniac he is swiped one of the booklets!, and we got a cheeky peek at the exam questions and it was the exact same as above^
Regardless of the "maniac" Danny you my friend are a fool for looking at the papers. However thank you for backing up my previous point. I hope to see a few of you English students roaming the halls of Trinity next year and perhaps give me a simple tip of the hat for aiding a fellow scholar.
hot tip of the day is that the comparative questions are going to be literary genre and theme & issue. Poets are Plath, Ní Chuilleanáin, Dickinson, and Larkin (and no - I'm not having a lark!!!). As mentioned above, Lear is 1) dramatic function and human qualities of the character of Curan, and 2) how you would adapt the play for a modern audience. Best of luck.
Although curran has few lines he is referenced throughout the play. Some say he is really a figment of Kents imagination as he loses his mind. I would defintley look
at notes on him. I'm fairly certain the poets are ni chuillihean, Plath, Eliot and Bishop. The comparitivebus CC and GV.one of the questions regards how weather,clothes,food and music give us a greater understanding of the world of the text.