Category: Whose Reality? prompts

Prompts for Whose Reality?

On the website VCE Study Guides I found a list of the different types of prompts you could expect to encounter.

What you should be working towards is getting together a generic essay that you can shape to fit any of the prompt types. Look at the prompts within the groups and work out the approaches you could take for the different types.

Experiencing reality

  1. Our reality is always changing.
  2. Reality is never fact but fiction.
  3. We are defined by our reality.
  4. Our perspective is always subjective.
  5. Both reality and imagination help our understanding of the world and ourselves.
  6. The reality we create is unique to our own experiences.
  7. Reality is subject to our  interpretations.
  8. Reality can be both subjective and objective.
  9. It is through a significant event that our reality changes.
  10. Our realities are formed by our opinions and beliefs.
  11. Reality forces us to act in extraordinary ways.
  12. When we face the truth, we need to be ready to face pain and suffering.
  13. People have varied reactions and responses to things because of their different realities.
  14. Reality is what we want to see, not what we have to see.
  15. Reality is based on the people and experiences we encounter.

Our reality in relation to others

  1. Our reality is never our own, but  influenced by others.
  2. No two realities are identical.
  3. Sometimes we lose ourselves in the reality of others.
  4. We cannot escape the world that others create.
  5. Accepting the reality of others is easier than accepting our own.
  6. Conflict occurs as a result of different realities.
  7. Some people manipulate others by distorting reality.
  8. One event can produce multiple  realities.
  9. Only through multiple perspectives can we understand reality.
  10. Some events influence our reality more significantly than others.
  11. Our reality can impact others positively or negatively.
  12. The realities of two people are drastically different.


  1. What we chose to remember and forget shapes our reality.
  2. Our memories distort our current reality.
  3. Memories help us maintain a grip on reality.
  4. Mixing memory and reality helps  reality.
  5. Some people suppress memories in order to cope with reality.
  6. Memories are the source of our  illusions.
  7. We can change our dreams to become our reality.
  8. Our memories teach us how to deal with  reality.

Dealing with reality

  1. We create illusions in order to cope with reality.
  2. Illusions are safe while realities are cruel.
  3. Truth is always more powerful than imagination.
  4. Distorting reality can result in both good and bad.
  5. What separates truth from fiction is our perspective.
  6. Illusions have the power to conceal reality but can never erase it.
  7. In the end, we are always forced to face reality.
  8. Illusions are created both intentionally and unintentionally.
  9. Reality and illusion are never dichotomous.
  10. Escaping into illusion is weak while facing reality is courageous.
  11. Illusions are created as a result of our disappointments and failures.
  12. Fantasies are how we create a world of success and happiness.
  13. Without illusion, reality is too difficult to confront.
  14. We cannot be forced to confront the truth; we must be willing to.
  15. What is real and fiction is irrelevant, merely what we want to believe.

Contentions for the Prompts

Dear Diary, that Yr 12 class – OMG. When will they get….oh, sorry, wrong blog.

Mrs Alford has put together the following information that you might find useful. For each of the prompts there are a number of contentions that could become the basis of your response. Keep in mind that this is a short list, and in no way exhaustive.

Prompt 2 – ‘When competing realities clash, the result can only be tragedy’.

Sample contentions/hypotheses:

  • Sometimes it is necessary to challenge reality in order to move forward.
  • In order to understand the world around us, we need to be willing to have our reality challenged.
  • Clashes in reality are an inevitable part of life.
  • Clashes in reality can end in disaster. At other times, they avert it.

Prompt 2 – ‘Reality is what we need to believe’.

Sample contentions/hypotheses:

  • We cannot survive surrounded by uncertainty.
  • It is not easy to maintain one’s self-belief when one is doubted by others.
  • The need to believe often overshadows and overpowers what we want to believe.
  • Wanting to believe in reality is more powerful in enacting change than needing to believe.

Ideas from your ideas to create new ideas…

I was impressed by the quality of the reponses Will, Tom, Kirollas and Jack submitted to the last post. Fantastic work! And just between you and me, you’re right on track in terms of what and how you have to write for this outcome.

The content of this post is based upon ideas the four gentlemen above raised in their comments. As I read their words, I was constantly linking their ideas to things I’d seen or read; I want to show you how easy it is to gather and collect information in a ‘Context File’ (ie. workbook!).

I was interested by Will’s assertion that perhaps “one could argue that reality doesn’t exist.” Was he aware that this is the concept that keeps many quantum physicists up at night? We started watching this video in class, and it would be worthwhile to finish it.

Tom explored the idea that we look at people who are living ‘those dreams’ and we don’t really see the complete picture of their reality. We call it luck – choosing to believe that they haven’t had to work hard or long to achieve their dreams.

Jack questions our ablity to agree upon the ‘reality is a contruct’ debate  – we can’t physically prove it. Yes, but we can’t physically prove (yet) many things that we are willing to accept as fact. Does that make it not real? His reference to Inception  relevant, and useful. Here we have a world in which we can create the world of a dream – the reality of a dream. It’s relevant due to the ambiguity that surrounds many parts of the film: is this a dream, or is this reality? Where is the line? How can we know/be sure? Is there a line? I couldn’t embed this video, so please click here to watch the scene in which Ariadne has her first ‘architect’ lesson.

An interesting point that Kirollas made was in relation to age and wisdom. And I agree with him. As we age, one would assume that our knowledge of ourselves and our world increases – the way we see the world changes – and in keeping with what we’ve discussed, our ‘reality’ changes. What I think/hope the next video shows is this very idea. The boy can’t reconcile his view of his grandma with his father’s – but with more information and time he understands. His view of the world change (his reality).

I like this video also because it deals with ‘cultural reality’. The chinese have a term ‘xiao shun’ which means filial piety. Essentially, it deals with the way in which we treat our parents and older generation. It covers being polite, considerate, loving, and respectful. And it is a cultural thing. We don’t have a term in the Western world that so neatly sums up this idea. It is part of the chinese culture. It is their reality.

Would you like some prompts?

Context: Whose Reality? The Shark Net / Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind / Enduring Love / A Streetcar Named Desire
We need to hold onto illusions in order to cope with reality.
Our sanity depends on a clear understanding of what is real and what isn’t.
We believe what those who are stronger than us tell us to believe.
What we feel tells us what is real.
The answer to each of us to the question of “Whose reality is more important?” is mine.
There is a difficulty in maintaining one’s sense of self and of one’s reality in the world in which one lives.
Reality has the ability to crush the human spirit.
One person’s reality can make perfect sense to them, but little sense to anyone else.
People attempt to escape a reality that has become totally unpalatable.
One’s reality is influenced by various events.
The same event can provide very different versions of reality.
When competing realities clash the only result can be tragedy.
Memories make the person.
Truth itself is an illusion.
What we convince ourselves we don’t know, won’t hurt us.
The amount of power we have in a particular situation determines how we see it.
Our perspective on social norms has been filtered by our experiences.
“We can never attain a fully objective view of reality because we remain trapped in the prison of our subjectivity.”
“The line between illusion and madness is a fine one.”
“When we attempt to make order out of chaos then we risk distorting reality.”
“When the differing perceptions of people conflict, catastrophe is sure to arise.”
“The truth is sometimes difficult to discover”
“Some people’s versions of reality are more accurate than others’”
“Reality depends entirely on the individual and the context they find themselves in.”
“Differences in perceptions result from the differences of individuals.”
“A child’s world is shaped by their parents’ reality.”
“Writing is an act that always involves a revision of reality.”
“Every reality is open to interpretation.”
“Reality is beyond the understanding of mere humans.”
“Believing is seeing. The reality that we perceive is the reality that we want to perceive.”

Reality is not universal.