Great British story, cultural heritage, representing culture, civilisation, context at school, access to culture, education, literature, theatre, art, lesson in life, philosophy
Cultural heritage, representing culture and civilisation, has a vital importance in Great Britain, and in this context the school has an important place. Access to culture is achieved primarily through education and training and, in addition, literature, theatre and art, which are unique and influential throughout the world.
[...] Moreover, this school is rooted in British history. That's why the boy is so disappointed and his refusal is seen as a failure. However, according to the title ‘Challenges', we can assume that he will be admitted later on. J.K. Rowling, in her speech, speaks directly to Harvard students but indirectly to people like Rita or the Indian writer. Success is possible for anyone, but you still have to believe in your dreams and do everything you can to live them. [...]
[...] Nevertheless, he is refused to know that one of the admission criteria is to have studied a European language other than English, that wasn't taught in his school in India. He speaks English and Hindi, although no waiver is granted, ‘I was told that no waiver would be granted.' l.36. Thus, this excludes him from any possibility of integration. We see the requirement of the prestigious school, the harshness of success. It is difficult for some students to deny the prestige and reputation of Oxford. It's a dream for many people to enter it. [...]
[...] Rowling is a true model of success, an inspiration to many people. She shares her story and her years of difficulties. She reveals often unsuspected benefits of failure and the fundamental importance of imagination. When she talks about failure, she also talks about how to believe in ourselves, how to let ourselves be guided by our dreams and our instincts. She encourages the younger generations, not only to take responsibility for their lives but also to take the direction that makes them vibrate, that makes them feel alive. [...]
[...] How to become a part of the Great British story? Cultural heritage, representing culture and civilisation, has a vital importance in Great Britain, and in this context the school has an important place. Access to culture is achieved primarily through education and training and, in addition, literature, theatre and art, which are unique and influential throughout the world. The three documents we study, illustrate this notion. First, we have an extract from Two Lives by Vikram Seth, published in 2005, which tells the story of a student arriving at his new school. [...]
[...] Frank turns his conversation with Rita into a learning experience. Shakespeare is an emblematic figure of English culture, his plays, and even theatre in general, seem universal and open to all, without distinction of class (like class opposition or level of study between Frank and Rita). Thus, theatre isn't only reserved for an elite, including plays from renowned authors like Shakespeare. Therefore, there is the democratisation of culture. However, it can be pointed out that the ‘tools' for analysing culture can be learned and developed. II. [...]
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