Tra My NguyenIB World School 1531Candidate number: 001531-036 Extended Essay 1
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This essay discusses the use of Indian English in Bollywood movies. It attempts to answer thequestion ³
How is the Indian English represented in Bollywood movies?´.
By approachingdifferent sources of information, the following essay gives out a decent analysis of whatinfluences the usage of Indian English and how it is used. The basis for interpretations are thedialogues taken directly from two Bollywood movies ³Kal Ho Naa Ho´ (2003) directed by Nikhil Advani and ³Slumdog Millionaire´ (2008) directed by Danny Boyle. Based on thesetwo movies, the essay provides a comparison of Indian English and Standard English mainlyfocusing on the phonology of vowels and consonants. The comparison is supported with personal experience and attitude towards Indian English of the author.This subject is worth of studying because of the greater and greater influence of IndianEnglish on Indian native languages. The reasonable evaluation and interesting virtualinterviews of main actors from two movies have shown the idea of the interdependence of different generations on the language, especially those related to the Indian culture. The essayis structured into seven main parts. Starting with introduction, there are five differentapproaches of examining and analyzing the thesis which are finally ended by a conclusion.The conclusion reaches to an expression of
distinct variety of the English language
in order tostate the importance of Indian English in today¶s world. It is claimed that the combination of comparison, analysis, instances and interpretations have formed an idea of the usage of IndianEnglish in Bollywood movies and also in today¶s developing world.Word Count: 261 words.
This seems a bit tricky, Selda, and you're right to be cautious. I don't know the prose poem by Kincaid, but I can only imagine that the whole approach is fundamentally different, in technical/literary terms, to 'The Bell Jar'. This could possibly be useful ... but only if the style/approach of each had some direct relevance to the research question. I presume that the research question must have something to do with the themes & message of each work - since what else would two such radically different genres have in common? Does each work have something distinctive to say about the protagonist? Or about human nature? Or what?
I think the IB would accept in principle the comparing/contrasting of two different genres ... but only if, in practice, there is some credible argument for doing so. I would require the student to (1) explain clearly what point she is trying to make, and then (2) produce a very clear and explicit research question addressing the point.