Advanced Higher English Dissertations

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Advanced Higher Portfolio and Dissertation Template

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Im trying to decide on books and topics to write my dissertation on but im struggling so far. Ive thought of a few ideas but I'm not sure if they are suitable enough.

1. The loss of childhood innocence - focussing on Alice's Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, but I'm not sure what other novels to choose even though this is my prefferer topic of writing.

2 The conflict between religion and knowledge, the idea that faith in god is rooted in ignorance of truth - focussing on the Da Vinci Code and The Northern Lights (Also known as The Golden Compass)

3 WW2 effects (mainly children and society) - focussing on The Book Thief, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Anne Frank's Diary and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.

4. How illness can change the way one thinks - focussing on The Fault in Our Stars and My Sister's Keeper.

I am unsure as to what topic to persue and need a little help choosing. What is your opinions on these topics? And any book suggestions will be fantastic. Thank you

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