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Describe how the construction of at least one text you have studied is influenced by its contextThrough the construction of a text, contextual knowledge can influence the way I interpret theunderlying themes and issues.The film Gran Torino, directed by Clint Eastwood is a 2008 text thataims to explore the effects of war on returned soldiers. Through the use of historical and socio-psychological context of the Korean War and post-traumatic stress disorder, I am able to makedeeper meaning of the text, which allows me to get a greater understanding into way Walt acts theway he does within this film. As well as allow me to gain sympathy for the Hmong community withinAmerica.So through my contemporary and past knowledge of war and the effects of war, I am ableto recognize and understand the film and the themes being presented.Within the film Gran TorinoI was able to sympathise with character Walt and his offensive andsometimes racist attitudes, due to socio-psychological contextual knowledge of PTSD. Walt’sexperience with every daily life, coincided with the memories of the Korean War, defines him as avictim. Through the construction of the character Walt I see a struggling soul which is begging forredemption, which drifts from my original assumption that soldiers in war are heroes and arevictorious. This is shown through direct dialog between himself and thao, where he asks thao if hewanted to know what it felt like to kill a man and he responded with “its god damn awful” and how“…a day goes by when…” he doesn’t think about it. This traumatic confession illustrates Walt’s post-traumatic stress disorder by verbally admitting his survivor’s guilt and the anguish he has felt sincecommitting this act of warfare.It is through this direct dialog that eastwood reveals thepsychological effects of war on returned soldiers. To present this idea he relies on the audience’shistorical, as well as socio-psychological knowledge of these events, to successfully communicate thisbattle of pain and suffering that Walt experiences. By doing this I am able to truly understand theconstruction of the character Walt and why his attitude towards life is sour, therefore i provoked tofeel sympathetic towards Walt and other soldiers of war.

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