The Cultural Context

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Cultural context
Understanding Cultural context enhances our overall appreciation of texts

all narratives leave an impression on all those who read or study them and certainly the entertainment value can be enhanced by looking at the different aspects of these narratives. One of the features I personally enjoy most is looking at cultural context or the world of the text. This cultural context shapes what happens to characters, shapes the choices they make and reveals the influences that affect the lives of these characters. In each of the three texts I have studied, "Wuthering Heights", WH, a novel by Emily Bronte, "Translations", TS, a drama by Brian Friel and "I'm Not Scared", INS, directed by Gabrielle Salvatore, cultural context or the world of the text is distinct and yet many aspects of this world is comparable with all three. In the three texts, setting reveals time and place, clash between two worlds are important, the roles of men and women are vital, social conventions, religion and politics all influence the plot and the fate of the characters. The exploration of these aspects enhances my appreciation of the texts.

WH begins in 1801 when a stranger arrives to stay in a great mansion known as thrush cross grange which he has rented. He decides to visit his landlord who lives in wuthering heights situated four miles away on a hilltop in the Yorkshire moors. The story is a saga covering three generations of two families who live in the luxurious grange and the more basic heights. T is a play which takes place over a number of hot days in a fictional town called ballybeg in county Donegal in late august 1833. INS is set in the 20th century in a small isolated town called aqua traverse. All three texts are set in small towns which are not connected to main cities or anywhere near normal civilization. T and INS are set over a few hot days unlike WH which begins in 1801 then goes back 30 years and finished in 1802. Another similarity...
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