IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – comic on love and horoscopes

Text: Comic by disse.stories on Instagram

Before analyzing the text make sure to have a look at the following page for a better understanding of how to use the text to help you with your assessments: https://language-literature.com/sample-text-analysis-blog-posts/

Some elements of this text to consider:

  • Students need to know a bit about horoscopes to understand the text. As a result this kind of comic isn’t likely to be used for an actual Paper 1 but the comic is useful to practice analysis skills.
  • The understanding – the horoscope suggests that the reader can kind romance with some who has the scorpio star sign but the woman interprets the images literally and kisses a scorpion.
  • How humorous is developed in the text and the specific kind of humour in it – definitely dark
  • The repetition of many elements in panels 2 and 3 highlights the cause / effect relationship and it also contributes to the humourous effect
  • The visual elements of the fourth panel than contribute to its effect (e.g. the scorpion heading off into the corner of the panel)
  • Different ways to describe the tone and mood of this comic

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