IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – NYT op-ed on the Ukraine War

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Text:  Ross Douthat.“The Ukraine War and the Retro-Future.” The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/12/opinion/putin-ukraine-russia.html

Some elements of this text to consider:

  • The choice of this image of Vladimir Putin is quite interesting – he does not appear as the confident, powerful leader as he is sometimes shown. He almost pensive, perhaps a bit downcast – perhaps reflecting the lack of progress that the Russian military has made.
  • The text consists of a fair number of complex sentences. In fact, it is easier to find complex sentences than simple ones. The fifth paragraph itself is one long and complex sentence: “Then contemporary China, India, Russia and arguably the European Union all have goals that echo the ambitions of 19th-century Germany and Italy, the Russia of the Romanovs and eventually the Empire of Japan: to establish the largest possible political union based on shared ethnicity or cultural inheritance; to grow strong enough to challenge Anglo-Saxon hegemony; to project power in regions of the globe that lack a dominant nation-state, whether in Central Asia and the Middle East or Africa and Latin America.”
  • Op-eds are written by individuals as opposed to editorials which are written by a newspaper’s editorial team. How would you describe the style of this particular writer?

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