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It is important to further your understanding of ‘Whose Reality?’ with examples apart from the texts your school has chosen. Additional reading will enable you to develop a greater knowledge base, meaning you’ll possess a wider (and more creative) perspective for essay prompts. Area of Study 2, or ‘Writing in Context’ encourages students to use multiple resources in writing. This means you can use examples of ‘Whose Reality?’ from news, history, literature, personal experiences etc. There are no limits to what examples you can use in your Context essay. Below are some ideas to get you thinking about ‘Whose Reality?’ examples outside VCE texts:

Australian media

  1. Indigenous Australians
  2. Asylum seekers
  3. Azaria Chamberlain disappearance
  4. Immigrants
  5. Internet censorship
  6. Anti-climate change protestors against Carbon Tax
  7. Queensland floods 2011

International media

  1. Scientology
  2. Censorship in China
  3. Censorship in America
  4. Hollywood portrayal of celebrities
  5. Terrorism
  6. Mainstream media portrayal
  7. Japan 9.0 earthquake 2011
  8. Wikileaks
  9. Islamification
  10. Gun culture in America (Watch Bowling for Columbine on YouTube)

Events in History

  1. Tiananmen Square massacre
  2. The Holocaust
  3. 9 / 11
  4. Bubonic plague
  5. The Stolen Generation
  6. Salem witch hunts
  7. The Apartheid
  8. Invention of the printing press
  9. Ku Klux Klan
  10. Berlin Wall
  11. Discovery of DNA

These are only a few of the many ‘Whose Reality?’ examples that have occurred in current media and history. Research further and see what other ‘Whose Reality?’ examples you can find.

Famous People

  1. Martin Luther King
  2. Adolf Hitler
  3. Ivan the Terrible
  4. Vincent van Gogh
  5. Michael Jackson
  6. Joseph McCarthy
  7. Tom Cruise
  8. Saddam Hussein
  9. Mao Tse Tung
  10. Frederich Nietzsche

Remember that the people listed above are famous and have made their mark on the world. Explore individuals that may have dealt with reality but are less recognised. Also consider people you know personally who relate to ‘Whose Reality?’.


  1. 1984 – George Orwell
  2. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  3. One Flew Over a Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kensey
  4. First They Killed My Father – Loung Ung
  5. Going Home – Archie Weller


  1. Inception
  2. A Beautiful Mind
  3. The Matrix
  4. The Forgotten
  5. Big Fish
  6. Dark City
  7. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Quotes on Reality

  1. “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” - Albert Einstein
  2. “There is an objective reality out there, but we view it through the spectacles of our beliefs, attitudes, and values.” - David G. Myers
  3. “Illusions commend themselves to us because they save us pain and allow us to enjoy pleasure instead.  We must therefore accept it without complaint when they sometimes collide with a bit of reality against which they are dashed to pieces.” - Sigmund Freud
  4. “How do we know that the sky is not green and we are all colour-blind?” - Unknown
  5. “There are no facts, only interpretations.” - Friedrich Nietzsche
  6. “Did you ever wonder if the person in the puddle is real, and you're just a reflection of him?” - Calvin and Hobbes
  7. “There is a fine line between dreams and reality, it's up to you to draw it.” - B. Quilliam
  8. “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.” - Tom Clancy
  9. “There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” - Douglas Everett
  10. “Either you deal with what is the reality, or you can be sure that the reality is going to deal with you.” - Alex Haley
  11. “Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it to be.” - Jack Welch
  12. “Reality is that part of the imagination we all agree on.” - Unknown

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