IB DP Language A Language and Literature – Sample text analysis – cartoon

Text:  Excerpt from “9 Signs you are over you ex

Before you read the “spoiler” bullet points below take a careful look at the text. Imagine it is a text you are using for your DP Language A Language and Literature assessments: the individual oral, the HL essay, or Paper 1 and analyze it accordingly. (This text would not be appropriate for Paper 2).

Some elements of the text to consider:

  • The style of the font of the title of the comic and “your ex” stands out
  • The two arrows emphasizing “your ex” in the title
  • The uneven / handwritten style of the font throughout the comic and how this parallels the uneven / personal frame of mind of someone who is having issues getting over an ex
  • The labeling of the different panels
  • The use of text boxes and speech balloons in each panel
  • Capitalization
  • The uneven borders / gutters
  • How each panel focus on different people and different issues
  • The stye of the drawing, including the exaggerated facial expressions
  • (FYI Melissa Ferrick is a singer-songwriter)

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