How does the film Shattered Glass relate to Ted Hughes' 'Birthday letters'?Apart from the themes of searching for the truth, appearance and reality/deception and the reliabilty of memory, what...

How does the film Shattered Glass relate to Ted Hughes' 'Birthday letters'?

Apart from the themes of searching for the truth, appearance and reality/deception and the reliabilty of memory, what other ideas are explored?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would say that a common link between both is how both feature the need "to share."  The film, "Shattered Glass," is motivated by a need to share the implications of journalistic fraud, and how journalists are endangered through fraudulent reporting. Take for example, how Michael Kelly supported Glass in the face of accusations and the impact this had on his legacy.  While Kelly will be known as the first journalistic casualty of the Iraq war, his support of Glass tarnished his reputation.  The film's need to share this narrative, the story of an individual who ended up betraying the trust of another is of vital importance.  At the same time, Hughes' collection of poetry can be seen as a statement that needed to be shared regarding his own position in his wife's work and death.  Many had targeted Hughes for his actions leading to Plath's suicide and afterwards.  In the oddest of ways, perhaps "Birthday Letters" comes from what Hughes, himself, describes as the "need to share" on the part of the poet: "Maybe all poetry, insofar as it moves us and connects with us is a revealing of something that the writer doesn't actually want to say, but desperately needs to communicate, to be delivered of.... The real mystery is this strange need [to share]."  Outside of the other themes mentioned in the subtext of the question, perhaps this becomes one of the strongest links between both works in that their origin is motivated by the need to share and to render a story that is compelled to be understood by others.