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Myths and heroes: To what extent do a monarch's public duties interfere with his private life ?

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Myths and Heroes

I'm going to talk about the notion "myths and heroes" with people who made the story. I will answer the essential question :"To what extent do a monarch's public duties interfere with his private life ?". I will first, talk about Queen Elisabeth II and Lady Diana's relationship and then King George VI and Lionel Logue's relationship.

First, Queen Elizabeth II and Lady Diana. We saw a movie called "The Queen" which deals with Lady Diana's death. At the beginning of the movie, Lady Diana had a car crash and die. During the movie, British people spend their time paying a tribute to Diana whereas Queen Elizabeth II didn't want to make a speech for her because Lady Diana spent her time standing up the royal family. British people blame her for not paying a tribute to Diana and think that is unacceptable from the Queen. Tony Blair tries to convince her to make a speech and spend his time defending the Queen in the media. But, at the end of the movie, Queen Elizabeth II make a statement to regain people's heart. This movie show how it's difficult for a monarch to show his real feelings about someone and that his choice are based mainly on people's mind.

Next, King George VI and Lionel Logue's relationship. We saw a movie called "The King's speech" which show the power of their relationship. King George had an handicap, he was stammer. At the beginning of the movie, we saw George VI trying to deliver a speech in public but because of his handicap the situation became worse and worse. He was scared to death of speaking in public, but despite his handicap, he had no other choice but to give the speech. He didn't manage to live up to his father's expectations. He was under a lot of pressure. His brother, the King Edward VIII decided to not be the king to marry Wallis Simpson, so George VI became the new king even if he was scared. Lionel Logue, even if he was a commoner, helped him to fight his stammer and believe in him. At the end of the movie we saw the King George VI deliver a speech at the radio with Lionel Logue who helped him during the speech. Lionel Logue was awarded by the Royal Victorian Order. Although he was vulnerable and scared, he became a symbol of the bravery of the British people against Nazi tyranny.

To conclude, sometime it's obviously not easy for a monarch to have a private life. Moreover monarchs have to be always present for their people. They can't afford to show their reel feelings in bad situation and they have to fight alone mostly. But, sometime, having a friend could be a good thing, like Lionel Logue with the King George VI, who helped him to be more courageous and to speak in public. Thanks to him he became a symbol in Great Britain and they stayed friends until George VI death.

 

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