Comparative Sample Answer The King's Speech, The Great Gatsby, and The Plough and the Stars
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“Deep-seated attitudes and expectations illustrate the possibility or impossibility of social change in texts.”
Discuss this statement, comparing all three of the texts that you have studied for your comparative course.
Attitudes and expectations tend to be entrenched very deeply in human culture. Social change, as it relates to an individual of any standing, is a function of these attitudes. Deep-seated stereotypes of how a monarch should marry and sound, what circles a nouveau riche should be accepted in. and what political views to expect in a working class dwelling are just part of any society's context.
Each individual's circumstances are often driven by societal norms, though we sometimes meet a character who defies the odds. For my comparative course, I have studied the following texts: the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the play, The Plough and the Stars by Sean O’Casey and finally, the film, The King’s Speech directed by Tom Hooper. I will refer to them as ‘GG’, ‘PS’ and ‘KS’ respectively throughout my essay from this point forward.
All three texts make various references to war. I think that war leaves a large possibility for social change and demolishes many deep-seated attitudes and expectation in society. Th...