PTE Essay (IELTS Task 2): Violence on Television and Movies.

violence on tv and movies IELTS PTE

The violence portrayed on T.V and in the movies leads to an increase in crime in our society. People who watch violent movies are more likely to become criminals. Do you agree or disagree?

IELTS: 40 minutes, 250 words at least.

PTE: 20 minutes, 200 to 300 words.


Here is a link to a student’s answer on this topic (with corrections)

Introduction(Introduce the topic along with your OPINION and MENTION the reasons supporting your opinion. EXPLAIN these reasons in body paragraphs)

Media, particularly television, plays an important role in shaping human behavior. We tend to emulate the television serials and movies we watch. I strongly believe that watching violence on television influences many people to commit crimes. Aggression on the screen not only psychologically influences us to act illegally but also glamorizes criminals and creates a perception that one can get away with unlawful activities

Body Paragraph 1: (Reason 1: Psychological Influence)

Research has proven that movies with extreme violence can negatively shape the tender minds of youngsters and increase their tendency to commit crimes. Children, often boys, easily get influenced from scenes with guns and explosions. This gradually makes them violent towards family and friends, and in extreme aggression and fit of rage, they commit crimes.

Body Paragraph 2: (Reason 2: Glamorise criminals)

Media often glamorizes criminals and create a perception that criminals lead a luxurious life. In a materialistic world where glitter of latest designs and gadgets is unresistible, people tend to commit illegal acts with perception that such actions will make them rich. They fail to understand that this is far from reality. 

Body Paragraph 3: (Reason 3: Get away)

Many violent movies also project criminals as winners and the law as a loser. They create an image that a criminal can escape the clutches of law using the power of ill-gotten wealth. People fail to understand that movies are merely a fiction and not the truth. Hollywood movies such as Wolf of the Wall Street tend to strengthen this false perception.

Conclusion: (Conclude with future + impact)

In conclusion, to create a stable and low crime society, media must act responsibly by limiting the extent of violence on television and project criminals as people running from the law. Peace and love in movies help create a healthier society than violence on television.

278 words.

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6 replies »

  1. With the advent of technology, there has been an on-going public debate about watching violent scenes in movies. While critics say it can breed violence and social disorder, advocates argue that matured minds should be allowed to watch it.
    Like sexual scenes, violent scenes are seen as a major impeding factor in the enforcement of law and order in the society. These scenes can transform one’s mindset from a peaceful character to an angry or barbaric character. Recently in Nigeria, some churches, in a bid to curb social violence, banned its members from owning a television talk more of watching movies.
    While it is true that scenes of violence can influence someone negatively, the age of the person should also be considered. An African proverb says, “Leave matured talks for matured minds”. Children should not be exposed to television programs that will impact on them negatively. They are at the formation stage of their lives and as such, should not be allowed to watch certain movies. While growing up, i was restricted so much by my mother from romantic and violent programs and this has shaped me in becoming a responsible member of the society.
    In conclusion, while the educative advantages of movies should not be over ruled, children should be restricted from violent scenes.


  2. It is certainly true that in these days, violence is spreading at an alarming rate in the programs and films which are telecasted in the television. It leads to some problems such as crime and aggressive behavior in children, however these issues can be tackled with the efforts of government and parents.

    There are some problems of showing violent content on television, the major one is increment in crime. Most of the movies represent that how a criminal do crime or in what ways. Some of the movies shows criminal as a winner with the help of wealth over the law. In this case, most of criminals find new ways and they come to know distinct methods of doing crime such as bank robbery, kidnapping and so on. Apart from this, nowadays, children are having aggressive behavior, because they like to watch programs which shows aggression, they started thinking that aggression is only the solution for every situation, despite of considering it as a story.

    Regarding the solution , government should make ministry which will watch the content before representing it on the television . After that , decision should be taken by the ministry that it should be represented or not on the television . Hence , it may help to reduce the crime in the society . In addition to this , it is the liability of parents that what is their children are watching on television .They should limit the time of watching television of their juveniles. If parents have surveillance on their children , then they may not become violent by watching television .

    To sum up , although television represent some violent movies or programs, yet there are some channels which provide knowledge. Therefore, children should watch television under the supervision of their parents.


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