English (Year 12) - Course Concepts
What are attitudes?
Attitudes are described as an outlook or a specific feeling about something and are highly interconnected with one’s values and can be expressed by what we say, do and wear. Authors portray their attitudes towards different facets of life through their work.
It is important to note that attitudes presented in a text may not directly align with the attitudes of the author themselves; some characters, people or ideas may be represented negatively in order to place emphasis on their failings or to invite criticism of their values and attitudes.
What is an example of attitudes in a text?
The text I am Malala by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai presents attitudes regarding females being entitled to receive an education, which is evidently expressed through the representation of events and perspectives provided throughout. Yousafzai’s attitudes are indicative of a favour to females receiving education as well as gender equality.