The King's Speech

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Gp[;’666“I am very afraid [sir], that your greatest test is yet to come.” The King’s Speech (2010) presents a protagonist driven by a sense of duty. What kind of ‘victory’ does Hooper suggest trough the staging of his final speech?

A victory is a triumphant action of achieving a goal or defeating an enemy. Whether this enemy be another country or a personal fault, an achievement is significant in it’s own way. The King’s Speech (2010) is a story of an under confident and family oppressed King (Bertie) who is victorious over his speech impediment. However it is not only his impediment that he triumphs. Through lighting and shadows, the viewer comes to recognize that his victory is on a more personal level then just over coming a bad habit. Music and sound effects add a depth that amplifies this and gives greater meaning to the story. Neville Chamberlain warns Bertie “that your greatest test is yet to come” at the start of the second half f the movie. Although he does not specifically signify what this test is, the viewer immediately assumes it as being WW2. In the world that The King’s Speech was set world war two was close appearing. During a time of great apprehension and fear of Germany, this is Chamberlain’s literal meaning. However this ‘test’ is really describing Bertie’s challenge over his own personal matters. His journey into conquering his own fears is what Hooper draws our attention to. Mise en scene techniques depict the character development and difficulties he is faced with. Camera angles form ideas on Bertie’s progress of overcoming the burden that oppresses him, the burden of expectation that he has never been able to live up to. The greatest test therefore becomes his final speech (The Kings Speech). This is a speech that informs the country of the newly commenced war making Bertie the voice of hope. His victory therefore turns pyrrhic but is an achievement greater than any other for him. Again Mise en scene elements are used to present this....
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