The Great Gatsby, The King's Speech, and Foster Comparative Sample Answer

Comparative Essay

DEB: Pre-Leaving Certificate Examination, 2016

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DEB: Pre-Leaving Certificate Examination, 2016.

Comparative Q: THE GENERAL VISION AND VIEWPOINT.

“The manner in which texts conclude and the impact such conclusions have on a reader often help to construct the general vision and viewpoint of those texts”.

With reference to three texts on your comparative course, compare how the conclusion of each text, and its impact on you, helped to construct the general vision and viewpoint of these texts. Support your answer with reference to the texts.

The texts I have studied as part of my comparative course are as follows; “The Great Gatsby”, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald (GG), “The King’s Speech”, directed by Tom Hooper (KS) and “Foster”, written by Claire Keegan (F). Each text provides a varying but similar general vision or outlook on life at the time. KS and GG initially provide a negative, bleak view of life during that time. While KS ends on an uplifting note, GG depicts a dark and disturbing vision of life in 1920s America. The general vision and viewpoint in F is ambiguous. It is the most confusing out of all three texts, especially the ending because it finishes on a cliff hanger. The fact that the story is so real adds to its impact on me as a reader.

The ending of GG is foreshadowed by many events throughout the novel which also help to construct the general vision and viewpoint of the text. Gatsby describes his past to Nick one day while they were driving to New York. He said he came from “a wealthy family”, “graduated from Oxford” and made his money on his own. Gatsby creates an ideal past for himself which is unbelievable from a reader’s point of view. Gatsby built his life all around one thing; Daisy. He bought his ho...

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