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"To Kill A Mocking Bird" By Harper Lee

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Title: ElizabethAuthor/Director: Shekhar KapurText Type: FilmBrief Summary: Set in Elizabethan England, while England is weak and divided. Elizabeth's sister dies and she inherits the thrown facing not just foreign enermies but internal sabotage as well. Propelled by her respect for her fathers legacy, she is determined to rule her people at all costs. Gaining power in court, fighting the French, declining proposal and uniting the Church. Elizabeth undergoes many changes and confronts many challenges.(Refer to notes for extended summary)Mary, Elizabeth's half sister and queen, has had her in exile from birth as she has never accepted Elizabeth as her sister and having her far away means she ...view middle of the document...

This marks a change in Mary, she now recognises Elizabeth's right to the thrown. With meeting Elizabeth she was forced to reassess her anger and is more willing to listen. In her not having Elizabeth killed it shows that she has feelings for her and even tries to compromise.Elizabeth, being the main character reflects the most characteristics of changing perspectives mainly by the changes that occur in Elizabeth through love, power and determination.Elizabeth is young, in love and confined from politicsAlthough she has achieved the crown and title, many of her subjects still think her unfit to rule. She is determined and strong, yet lacking experience and youth clouds her decisions resulting in her passing them on to other people.She continues he relationship with Lord Robert (her boyfriend), they would never be allowed to marry as he is a commoner and she is a queen.Elizabeth: "Robert you know you are everything to me"Even though they're relationship is held in secret, being so controversial everyone knows, it is frowned upon by the courts and reinforces their beliefs that she is unfit to be Queen.Elizabeth receives proposals from the French and Spanish, these being purely politically would protect England and ensure her thrown. This would also put Elizabeth's life out of risk. Robert thinks only of himself and bluntly says no to Elizabeth. It is Elizabeth's choice but she allows Lord Robert to influence her.Due to her inexperience she is unsure of her own ability she accepts a lot of advice for her advisors rather than using her own judgement.With these points compressed Elizabeth can never truly rule if she grants other the power to influence and make decisions for her.We see her spread responsibility when Mary Queen of Scot's threatens attack while England is still weak. The advisors urge Elizabeth to raise an army and fight the French."As Queen we look to you for action" (Northford)"I don't like wars, they have uncertain out comes" (Elizabeth)As all council is in agreement, she consents to war, even though she does not believe war to be an answer. The English are resultantly gravely defeated.On learning of their defeat we notice the first signs of change for Elizabeth. War was her choice and she had power and she did not think war was correct, she simply lacked the courage to stand up for her beliefs and rule against the others. For this she is mad with her self.She stomps off, in finding a picture of her father she breaks down crying,"My father wouldn't of made such a mistake", she shows great respect and pride for her father, so feels ashamed that she made a wrong choice and feels she won't measure up to the standard he set.From here we see her take on a lot more responsibilities and decisions.This also affects her relationship with Lord Robert, as if she is to rule by her conscience, she can't allow him to influence and impair her judgement.We first see Elizabeth defy Lord Robert by consenting to the Duke of France to visit. This marriage...

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