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Understand what context is in terms of a character's, authors or your own personal context and identify context in a textual extract.

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What is context?


Context is the environment in which a text is written or responded to. One definition of context may be the general sociocultural or historical conditions in which a text has been created or responded to or perhaps the particular features characterising its immediate environment (the context of a situation). Another important aspect of context in ATAR English is personal context, in which a text is created or responded to using facets of your (the writer’s) personal context and background, e.g., age, ethnicity, sexuality, etc.