• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

You would never expect to find the same kinds of characters in Flare Path (1942) as in Charlotte Gray (1996). The public at the time wanted very different things. Discuss

Extracts from this document...


?Although the texts are set at the same time and share some thematic similarities, you would never expect to find the same kinds of characters in Flare Path (1942) as in Charlotte Gray (1996). The public at the time wanted very different things.? With reference to two characters (one from each text) discuss the extent to which you agree with this view. ?Charlotte Gray? and ?Flare Path? share the same context of WWII however, ?Flare Path? was written for the war time audience whilst ?Charlotte Gray? was written 50 years after the war for an audience who were greatly relaxed towards the war. Charlotte and Patricia are two characters with similar contexts however as the public was different there are contrasts between them and what they stood for as well as conforming to gender inequality differently. Despite the different public there are similarities such as the fact that they both have selfish motives and the main purpose is love. ...read more.


Therefore, the reader is able to foresee the fact that Patricia is having second thoughts and hence the ending is very uninteresting. On the other hand, ?Charlotte Gray? quite exciting as the Charlotte takes the role of a brave heroine and against all odds manages to find her new lover in occupied France. The idea of a completely inexperienced woman being a spy and finding her lover keeps the reader engaged throughout, which is what the audience wanted at the time. Moreover, the concept of the ending being predictable is perhaps due to the fact that the audience wanted there to be a happy ending and promote the idea of togetherness in times of such hardship. Differently, in ?Charlotte Gray? the ending is also happy however, the reason is possibly more due to the reader wanting Charlotte to be rewarded after her odd-defying efforts. ...read more.


is important whilst Charlotte was the hero due to her helping the war but more importantly due to the fact that love conquers all. The concepts of heroism links to the gender inequality differences at the time felt by the public because ?Flare Path? was written in the 1940?s WWII context where the women expected to stay home and support the war from home. Whilst in 1990?s there was a much greater role of women in society following their emancipation meaning that the audience was not surprised by Charlotte taking the lead role of an independent whilst if it were to happen in the time of 1940?s the public would be very much be surprised as a woman is gaining so much responsibility. The difference in the responsibility is seen by the fact that Peter comes to find Patricia in the UK showing his role to be much greater while on the other hand Charlotte enters occupied France to find her lover. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Other Criticism & Comparison essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The English Patient

    5 star(s)

    One day, Hana sees Kip listening to the radio on his headphones in the garden. He hears something awful, runs into the tent, grabs his rifle, and runs into the villa, into the English patient's room. He tells Almasy that the Allies have dropped the atomic bomb on Japan, and

  2. Characters similarities in The Mayor of Casterbridge

    As for Lucetta's part, it is her denial of her bleak future with Henchard that brings her the misery in the end. She refuses Henchard and marries Farfrae instead and consequently has to live in anxiety, fearing the secret of her relationship with Henchard should be disclosed.

  1. With the emphasis on Mary Shelleys Frankenstein and with wider reference to The Picture ...

    At the end, Walton says the Creature's body is "distorted in its proportions" and adds that "one vast hand was extended, in colour and apparent texture like that of a mummy" towards Frankenstein's corpse. His account echoes Victor's and confirms that the Creature combines life and death in a hideous manner.

  2. Explore the consequences of Hanna and Brionys pivitol actions on a range of other ...

    The range of opportunity and ecstasy he feels when with Cecilia is drastically contrasted with his treatment in part two. The high regard in which Nettle and Mace hold Robbie despite his inferior ranking is testament to how much has been lost, as Robbie is unable to apply to be

  1. Charlotte Gray Part 2, Chapter 7 Pgs.225-227, comparison with Flare Path Pgs. 8-11

    Similarly, in ?Charlotte Gray? as it is written much later, the theme of love is used to depict that love overcomes everything. A concept that was commonly used as it enticed the modern audience and caused them to read more. *Contextual point- Movies such as Beauty and the Beast (1991)

  2. Explore the corruption of morality and its consequences within the texts of Othello, The ...

    Through religion, Jed considers that he could manipulate Joe?s feelings through the ?the purpose? [of] Christ that is in you and that is you.? However, in ?The Picture of Dorian Gray?, it could be argued that Henry seems to purposely challenge Victorian values.

  1. Traditional pastoral characters are usually presented as unsophisticated and innocent. Discuss in relation to ...

    themselves or control their own destiny, reflected through the title Nurse?s Song which shows the nurse is in control. Blake propounds this presentation of the pastoral through the use of ?&? in his poem. The utilisation of a symbol as opposed to a more literary, ?and?, illuminates the simple and

  2. Analysis of Peter Pan and The Wonderful Wizard of OZ

    government in the history of the British monarches, and the cultural, political, economic, industrial and scientific changes that happened during his reign were notable. When Victory ascended to the throne, England was essentially agrarian and rural; to his death, the country was highly industrialized.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work