Comparative Sample Answer – The King’s Speech, The Great Gatsby, and All My Sons

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“The cultural context can have a significant influence on the behaviour of the central character/characters in a text.” 4

Compare the way in which the behaviour of the central characters in at least two of your texts is influenced by the cultural context of those texts. 4

“The cultural context can have a significant influence on the behaviour of the central character/characters in a text.”

Compare the way in which the behaviour of the central characters in at least two of your texts is influenced by the cultural context of those texts.

I agree that the cultural context and the expectations of the society in which a character lives strongly influence their behaviour. We see different aspects of cultural context, such as family, social class, and war, influence the characters in the texts I have studied. I will discuss The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald (GG), All My Sons by Arthur Miller (AMS), and The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper (KS) to show the importance of cultural context.

The role of family is an aspect of cultural context that has a strong presence in all three texts. In GG, family is not something that holds a lot of value, as far as the central characters are concerned. For example, Tom fails to show loyalty to his family, as evidenced through his affairs with Myrtle. This disregard of family values causes the characters in GG to be flippant with their relationships. Some male characters think it is acceptable for them to have mistresse...

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