The Kings Speech By Colin Firth

1992 Words Apr 24th, 2016 8 Pages
The Kings speech is a movie made in 2010 depicting King George VI‘s sudden usurping to the throne of Great Britain and his personal turbulent anxious battle to overcome his debilitating stammer that had plagued him for all of his adult life. As part of his duty as King, George VI would need to address the public with speeches in person and via radio, something that he found excruciatingly difficult and crippling to do due to his stammer. Throughout the movie, Colin Firth, the actor who depicts the future king, portrays the internal, physical, psychological and social hurdles people who stutter face daily. Many times during the movie you experience the king 's anger, pain, humiliation and self-doubt about his abilities as he stutters.
Irony, there are many forms of it – dramatic, verbal, situational etc. – but the irony of fate is the one that surely applied itself to King George VI. It was as if someone up above, or Fate, or whatever you want to call it, were entertaining themselves by playing with his mind, scorning his failings, serving as a reminder that he was nothing special. It was virtually impossible for Bertie to pronounce the letter 'k’, due to his debilitating stammer. A truly cruel fate for a newly crowned king. Even more cruel is that his reign coincided with a revolutionary breakthrough in mass communication. For the first time ever in Great British history, citizens could listen to their King addressing them directly through their radio sets, it was as if he…

More about The Kings Speech By Colin Firth

Open Document