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  • 1. ‘The Iron Lady’ & ‘The Lady’English 2 (ENGL 0205)Assignment 2YAP ZHI JUN ( 0310738 )FNBE JAN 2013 - ENGL 0205 English 2 YAP ZHI JUN 0310738
  • 2. PRE-WRITINGParagraph 1- Historical movie taught us a lot of moral values. Historical movie was a kind of moviewas a detailed description of one event in the past that was important to many people.Paragraph 2-‘The Iron Lady’ story about rise and fall of trailblazing politician Margaret Thatcher-‘The Lady’ story about Aung San Suu Kyi as she became the core of Burmasdemocracy movementParagraph 3 and Paragraph 4Compare the two movies on how both of them became the leader of their country, theirlove of their lovely family and the end of the story.‘The Iron Lady’- Main character is Margaret Thatcher- She decided to run for head of her political party- She became the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom- She imagined about her husband was still alive and staying with her in the house- She lost the support from her Cabinet colleaguesFNBE JAN 2013 - ENGL 0205 English 2 YAP ZHI JUN 0310738
  • 3. - She resigned as Prime Minister‘The Lady’- Main character is Aung San Suu Kyi- She devoted herself into activities to get freedom for Burma with the support of theBurmese people- Her husband, Aris was terminally ill but she was unwilling to leave Burma to be withher husband as she feared she would not be allowed to re-enter the country- The end of the movie was Suu Kyi won in the election in the parliament but the resultnever recognized.- She spent many years under house arrest at her lakeside home-cum-prisonESSAYFNBE JAN 2013 - ENGL 0205 English 2 YAP ZHI JUN 0310738
  • 4. Movies played an important role in our life. We learnt through movies, especiallyhistorical movies. History of a nation could be shown to everyone who was interested inby using historical movies. (Robert A.Rosenstone, 1955) Historical movies told historyas a story, a true tale with a beginning, middle, and an end. From my opinion I thoughtthat historical movie was a kind of movie was a detailed description of one event in thepast that was important to many people.‘The Iron Lady’ was a story of the rise and fall of trailblazing politician MargaretThatcher through the lens of her own latter-day life. While ‘The Lady’ was the story ofAung San Suu Kyi as she became the core of Burmas democracy movement, and herrelationship with her husband. Both of the movies talked about the story how heroine ofthe country saved the people. I compared these two movies with three parts that werehow both of them became the leader of their country, their love of their lovely family andthe end of the story.For the first movie, ‘The Iron Lady’ the main character was Margaret Thatcher.She was so brave and worked so hard to become the leader of the country. Sinceyoung, she listened to the political speeches of her father and this was why she sostruggle in politic. She believed that “those who can do, must get up and DO”. Thatcherdecided to run for head of her political party to solve all the problems in the country. Herfamily disagreed with that but she still not willing to change her mind. She met withpolitical consultants planning her run for the leader of her party. With the help of thepolitical consultants, she has been restyled and had voice lessons. At the end, theelection resulted roll in and Thatcher became the first and only female Prime Minister ofFNBE JAN 2013 - ENGL 0205 English 2 YAP ZHI JUN 0310738
  • 5. The United Kingdom. Secondly, the movie showed how the love of Margaret Thatcher toher family. Margaret Thatcher thought back the happy moment of her with her family.She imagined about her husband was still alive and staying with her in the house. Shecould clearly remember the conversation she had with her husband and the detail oftheir past life. She switched on all manner of domestic appliances, radio, and televisionto make her mind clear and not to think about her husband anymore. Thatcher packedup all her husband’s belongings and told herself to let him go. Besides, Thatcher alsomissed her children, Carol and Mark. She was so busy in her monetarist policies untilher children were left out. She watched a DVD of them playing in the beach which wasrecorded long time ago. She kept on rewinding the video, thought back the mostprecious moment that she had with her family. At the end of the story, Thatcher rantingaggressively at her Cabinet, refused to accept that the Community Charge wasregarded as unjust, and fiercely opposed to European Integration. Her deputy resignedafter being humiliated by her in a Cabinet meeting. She lost the support from herCabinet colleagues so she had no choice but to resign as Prime Minister. She back toher normal life but she won’t forget about the pastFor the second movie, ‘The Lady’ the main character is Aung San Suu Kyi. Herdetermination and braveness helped her to become the leader of Burma. Suu Kyi’sfather, Aung San leaded Burma to independence. When she visited her mother in thehospital, she met the people were wounded during the Tatmadaw’s crackdown. So sherealise Burma should has political change and reformation. She devoted herself intoactivities to get freedom for Burma with the support of the Burmese people. For the firstpolitical action, she sent open letter to government, asking for formation of independentFNBE JAN 2013 - ENGL 0205 English 2 YAP ZHI JUN 0310738
  • 6. consultative committee to prepare multi-party elections. With her determination andsupport from people and family she was the first Asian woman to win the Nobel PeacePrize.Not only that, Suu Kyi loved and missed her family a lot, especially her husband.Aung San Suu Kyi was busy to raise awareness of injustice in Burma and forced toseparate with her husband and two children. She has less chance to meet with themand she missed them so much. She didn’t want them to follow her because she wasworry about their safeness. Her husband, Aris was terminally ill but she was unwilling toleave Burma to be with her husband as she feared she would not be allowed to re-enterthe country. She was so worry about him until can’t eat and sleep well. Suu Kyi wroteletters and grabbed chances to call her family to ask about each other situation whenshe was not around with them. The end of the movie was Suu Kyi won in the election inthe parliament but the result never recognized. She spent many years under housearrest at her lakeside home-cum-prison, where her family once. She was released fromher house attention, after 7 years of lock-up. Tens of thousands of her supportersreportedly waited patiently outside her residence to get the first glimpse of the Lady ofBurma once freed. She is forever the ‘mother’ of the Burmese people.Lastly, both of the movies showed were how both of them became the leader oftheir country, their love of their lovely family and the end of the story. I was so touchedwhen watching these two movies. Through them, I learnt to be strong and determine onwhat you have decided. Not only men can rule the world but women can too ! Aung SanSuu Kyi said “If you choose to do something, then you shouldnt say its a sacrificebecause nobody forced you to do it."FNBE JAN 2013 - ENGL 0205 English 2 YAP ZHI JUN 0310738
  • 7. REFERENCESLangan, J. College (2010) Writing Skills, (8th ed.)New York: McGraw HillFNBE JAN 2013 - ENGL 0205 English 2 YAP ZHI JUN 0310738
  • 8. Language Institute Web Server (2013) Historical Movies: Advantages anddisadvantages of historical movies, retrieved 14 March 2013, fromhttp://web.li.gatech.edu/~rdrury/600/write/sp1_06/history/nations.htmU.S Campaign For Burma (2012) Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, retrieved 14 March2013, from http://uscampaignforburma.org/learn/leaders-learn/daw-aung-san-suu-kyi.htmlRobert A. Rosestone (2013) The Historical Film as Real History, retrieved 14March 2013, fromhttp://www.publicacions.ub.edu/bibliotecadigital/cinema/filmhistoria/Art._Rosenstone.doc.pdfFNBE JAN 2013 - ENGL 0205 English 2 YAP ZHI JUN 0310738