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Literary Context: Cultural, Social, or Historical

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Transcript of Literary Context: Cultural, Social, or Historical

Cultural, social or historical context can all have an influence on the way literary works are written or received.
What is context?
Divided City
The
Chocolate War
The House of the Scorpion
The background, environment, setting, or surroundings of events or occurrences
Knots & Crosses

Context
(the background information that helps readers to understand the work)
Cultural/Social
Historical
Behaviors, ideas, and beliefs shared by individuals within a particular group of people--based on age, ethnicity, social standing
Culture is learned. It includes language, values, norms, and customs to that group.
Ideas and opinions from the author's time that influence the writing
In other words, historical context is the time period and place in which a story is set.
What's the historical context found in this song?
Glasgow, Scotland is a city divided. Graham and Joe are on either side of this split, joined by their love of football, but divided by their religious and cultural backgrounds. It takes a vicious attack to unite two boys, and make them see what really matters.
The House of the Scorpion is a dark, twisted, but ultimately hopeful story about a young clone named Matt who grows up in a dystopian world under the control of a drug lord. Oh, and this drug lord happens to be the man from whom he was cloned. As it turns out, this guy, called El Patrón, cloned our protagonist so that he might harvest Matt's organs to keep himself alive later in life.
Jerry Renault, a freshman at Trinity High School, has a confrontation with the school gang, The Vigils. The Vigils, headed by Archie Costello, specialize in making assignments that other students have to complete. These assignments vary, depending on the person, and intend to inflict as much psychological injury as possible.
Detective John Rebus: His city is being terrorized by a baffling series of murders...and he's tied to a maniac by an invisible knot of blood. Once John Rebus served in Britain's elite SAS. Now he's an Edinburgh cop who hides from his memories, misses promotions and ignores a series of crank letters. But as the ghoulish killings mount and the tabloid headlines scream, Rebus cannot stop the feverish shrieks from within his own mind. Because he isn't just one cop trying to catch a killer, he's the man who's got all the pieces to the puzzle.
Why is historical context important?
It allows you to make a stronger connection with the story. You're drawn into the story, and you want to keep reading to know what happens next.
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