Today I will be talking to you about how history and memory are depicted in Peter Carey’s True History of the Kelly Gang, and James Cameron’s 1997 film Titanic. Both texts depend heavily on fictionalised historical figures to tell their stories through memory. And both leave us with suspicions about their historical accuracy. In this speech I will be exploring these two texts through five main points * The difference in believability between a novel and a film * The similarity of the story telling construction
* The influence of legends in both works
* The development of the main characters
* And how a similar intention in both writers finishes with completely different outcomes and senses of history. My first point of comparison between the two texts is the obvious, that one is a book and one is a film meaning they leave us with different senses of history. The film medium used for titanic encourages us to believe the whole story even though we know that the main characters are completely invented. However the novel medium gives us more time to reflect and doubt. Jack and Rose are before our eyes on the titanic therefor making it easy for the audience to imagine them in history, whereas Ned and his daughter although they are true historical figures require more time and effort to try and place them anywhere in a historical context without that added visual. The story of one person remembering history is the central construction of both works. Ned as a story teller is writing to his daughter as he wants her to believe his version of events over others. Rose as a storyteller is seeking to get her listeners to believe and empathize with her version of history. Both literary constructions set out to create empathy for the person recalling events. For these reasons they are both less likely to be true histories. Thirdly, both stories are based around legendary ideas with roots in true history; The Ned Kelly legend and...
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