Stuart: A Life Backwards and Once in a House on Fire Themes and Genres

Themes and Genres

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Genre comparison and theme introduction

Stuart Genres
Metafiction example pages 1 & 12
Biography - Masters is the author, writing the story of Stuart Shorter

Comparison

Once in a House on fire
Autobiography - Ashworth is the author of her own life

Theme Introduction
I chose two pages that match the same theme for Stuart, and one for Ashworth as you only need to Analyse three passages: one the exam board gives you (which could be one of the two from Stuart) and two you choose from each book.

Remember, an obvious link is not always seen straight away - e.g drug knowledge and education, or a house shared and homelessness.

Exam Tip turn the corner of any page you find useful

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Theme - Categorisation and Stereotypes

Stuart
Page 2 - list of homeless
Page 14 - types of people the charity helps

Once in a House on Fire 
Page 163 

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Theme - Crime

Stuart
Page 119
Page 143 

Once in a House on Fire
Page 206-7

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Theme - Death

Stuart
Page 6
Page 113 

Once in a House on Fire
Page 1

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Theme - Disability

Stuart
Page 195
Page 203

Once in a House on Fire
Page 60 

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Theme - Discrimination

Stuart
Page 195
Page 223

Once in a House on Fire 
Page 91 

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Theme - Domestic Abuse

Stuart
Page 119
Page 182

Once in a House on Fire
Page 8
 

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Themes - Drugs (Medical/ illegal/ alcoholism/tabac

Stuart:

Page 21
Page 115

Once in a house on fire

Page 62

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Theme - Education

Stuart
Page  21
Page230-1

Once in a House on Fire
Page 30

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Theme - Fatherhood

Stuart
Page 125 
Page 202 

Once in A House on Fire
Page 160 

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Theme - Homelessness

Stuart
page 2 
page 57

Once in a House on Fire 
Page 106 

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Theme - Imprisonment

Stuart
Page 19
Page 112


Once in a House on fire
Page 209

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Theme - Poverty

Stuart
Page 27
Page 49
 

Once in a House on Fire 
Page 198 

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Theme - Relationships

Stuart
Page 116
Page 163

Once in a House on Fire
Page 184/5

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Theme - Social Class

Stuart
Page 33
Page 138 

Once in a House on Fire
page 244 

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Theme - The System

Stuart
Page 15
Page 143

Once in a House on Fire
Page 166

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Theme - Sexual Abuse

Stuart
page 272
Page 257/8 

Once in a House on Fire
page 19

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Theme - Self-harm

Stuart
Page 7 - cuts throat, got an apartment
Page  122

Once in a House on Fire
Page 324/5

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