Overcoming Grief and Embracing Change in "Ransom" and "The Queen"

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Despite the distinctive contexts and settings of the literary text "Ransom" by David Malouf and the film "The Queen" directed by Stephen Frears, the notion of grief and its exploration is central to both. As Malouf presents us with the image of Hector's lifeless body being dragged through the sediment, we are reminded of how difficult it is to overcome grief. Indeed, past habits can heavily restrict and hinder the process of healing. Both texts delve into how grief can be overcome by connecting with others, nature, and oneself. Furthermore, both the director and author advocate that overcoming grief unlocks a wealth of benefits.

Views and Values

  • Malouf advocates that despite one's societal status, paternal duty is still valued and should not be disregarded. (Change)
  • Frears and Malouf reveal the inevitability of change and the necessity to adapt to survive. (Change)
  • Both illustrate that leadership coexists with duty and that good leaders make sacrifices for their subjects. (Leadership)
  • Both Frears and Malouf highlight that grief and loss are inevitable, but recovery lies within the individual. (Change/Loss and Grief)
  • Both acknowledge the transformative power of grief, enabling leaders to self-reflect and realize their mortality and uncertainty. (Change)
  • Both expose the emotional fragility of individuals in the face of adversity and how it drives internal transformation. (Change)

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