English Extended Essay Topics

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The extended essay is an IB core requirement, where students explore a subject in depth. The subject must relate to one of the courses offered in Groups 1 - 6 of the IB Diploma Programme. The extended essay is an opportunity to demonstrate research and writing skills, along with other traits of the IB learner profile. While independent study and self-discipline are part of this task, an in-school supervisor is assigned to each student to monitor progress. The final, formal piece of writing of 3,000-4,000 words is something that students can be proud of, present to teachers, parents and even future employers. 

The following pages explain the relevance of extended essay to Group 1 and the Language A: Language and Literature course. You can find information on the basic requirements and the assessment criteria, along with sample extended essays from former students. It is recommended that you study these pages carefully before you engage in the writing process, in order to ensure the best results and the most rewarding experience. 

Hey, I'm currently in second year of IB.
For my EE, i have chosen these books
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger
The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald.

And below are possible essay topics..
can you recommend the best out of below please?

1. In The Great Gatsby, Nick is the narrator whilst Holden is the narrator in The Catcher in the Rye. How does their language and symbolism affect the main character/themselves?

2. Are Gatsby and Holden insane in the sane world, or are they sane in the insane world?

3. How do minor characters, those that posses traits, emphasize the distinctive characteristics of the main characters?

4. In many novels, individuals struggle to find themselves a purpose in life. However, the effort pays off and sometimes it doesn’t. Focusing on two novels, ‘The Great Gatsby’ and ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ explain Gatsby and Holden’s struggle throughout the novel and how do these to what extents create the meaning of the novels?

Btw, they have to be around 4000 words.
If none of them are apt enough to reach the limit,
do u have any recommendations..

Yes.. I've been seriously concerned about the word limit when choosing those topics. I will be lacking ideas!
Hmm. But now is too late. It's my second year and those are the only books I have read so far for EE.
And yes, my topics are poorly worded.. since I had to made up just then. And tomorrow is my conference day, unfortunately.
Those two novels have a strong correlation though, especially the protagonists : (
I seriously have no idea if they are not good.
& if i choose to do Tender is the Night, should I compare it with TCinR, or just do it on itself?
Many Many thanks..

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