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The King's Speech Exceptionality

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Movie ReviewThe film I chose to view for this assignment was the King's Speech. This movie follows Bertie, later known as King George VI, the second son of King George V, on his journey to his reign. In this movie, the main character has a speech impediment that affects his fluency of the language. As the Duke of York, Bertie is not required to do much but he does occasionally do some public speaking. When he speaks, it is to see that he has trouble getting his words out. Bertie calls this "stammering" and says that he has been stammering since he was four or five. There are also occasions in the first half of the movie where Bertie is yelled at by his father. It is easy to see the frustration experience by the King when Bertie tries to read and he cannot. His father constantly tells him to "just get it out!" At this point in the movie, his disability is depicted slightly negatively. Most of the situations seem to evoke pity or sympathy towards him by showing how his disability changes how his family treats him. Both his father and brother ridicule him for stammering and are clearly not in the right state of mind to understand him.The middle of the movie shows the transition of Bertie from the Duke to the King. He realizes that his brother is not fit to reign and starts the preparations for him to take the throne. In this part, Bertie's speech impediment is again highlighted and he frequently struggles to communicate with the people arranging for him to gain the throne. These situations show definitely show his disability in a negative light. They are meant to imply that without the ability to speak publicly, he is not fit to be king either. They evoke feelings of pity in the audience because it is obvious that Bertie had been working so hard but to no avail.Once David abdicates, Bertie takes the throne. At this point, it becomes apparent that the majority of the people in his council are completely aware and accepting of his disability. There are many moments in the film, closely leading up to his crowning, where the characters are depicted as very understanding. They don't cringe when he has to pause and they encourage him to continue on. By then, it isn't difficult to see that their perspective has changed. One of his court members even goes so far as to share that he too used to have a speech impediment. The end of the movie also shows how, with the help of his speech therapist, Bertie was able to get through a very large speech to his people without stuttering very often.According to the textbook, stuttering, known in the movie as stammering, is where a person either has hesitations before words or repetitions of the same sound in order to get a word out. The movie very accurately shows how this disability appears. Bertie has difficulty getting words out and at the start of every attempt it seems also painful for him to form the words. Lionel, Bertie's speech therapist, asks him if he every stutters to form the words in his head or if he...

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