GT Writing Task 2 (Essay Writing) Sample # 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Being a celebrity – such as famous film star or sports personality – brings problems as well as benefits.
Do you think that being a celebrity brings more benefits or more problems?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Model Answer 1: (View: being a celebrity brings more benefits.)
A celebrity reaps many advantages and demerits from being famous. The public perception is that popular figures do not enjoy a personal life. However, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. I believe that being famous has more pros than cons.
To commence with, celebrities can lead a life full of luxury. They, usually, can bring many fortunes to them and their family. Celebrated figures, particularly movie stars and successful athletes, are generally richer than the average public. Expensive clothes, luxurious cars and homes, and other materialistic pleasures of life translate dreams into reality when a person becomes famous. Moreover, the noted personalities have many admirers. Fan’s respect and love, very often, inspire famous persons to achieve greater success. Furthermore, plenty of opportunities is opened up when people become renowned. For instance, someone like Cristiano Ronaldo leads a life that is enviable by others.
On the flip side of the coin, many a time, celebrities hate being famous. First of all, people incessantly judge superstars. Magazines, tabloids, newspaper, social networks, and other forms of media are quick to criticize a celebrity on his habits, personality, and personal affairs. The scandalous reports are common to many popular personalities. Sometimes a celebrity is traumatized by the fake stories. Second, celebrities often cannot do things that common people can. They are mobbed by adoring fans wherever they go. Take Tom Cruise for an example – what would happen if he walks down to a shopping mall on a regular day? He would be hounded for selfies and autographs.
In conclusion, being famous is a double-edged sword for many. However, fame and fortune are brought by celebrities outweigh the negative aspects. After all, everything has its cost but who would not want to cherish life and fame due to a small price?
Model Answer 2: (View: being a celebrity has more drawbacks)
While we envy the lavish lifestyle, fame, designers clothes and luxury cars famous people enjoy, we fail to realise the cost these celebrities have to pay. They are subject to propaganda, media scrutiny, work pressure and the heinous invasion of their personal life. Thus I believe that being a high-profile person who gets media attention has more drawbacks than benefits.
To begin with, expensive houses, posh cars, and pictures in leading newspapers do not define the life we lead. Thus no matter how glorious the lives of celebrities seem from outside, they are people like us and want to enjoy life to its fullest. However, the way their privacy is intruded and gossips are formulated, they are subject to raging attack and it is difficult for them to have a normal life. For instance, the propaganda and conflicts have ruined the life and career of many young celebrities in Hollywood and this is still happening.
Moreover, being a famous sportsperson or movie start does not mean that life is struggle free. They have to prove their worth to sustain in their career and for this, they often sacrifice their personal life. Regrettably, a diehard fan of a movie star does not stop behaving irrationally when he comes in contact with this icon. This is quite unexpected, especially for someone who believes there are so many people to support him. To have a meaningful life and to enjoy it, we need a caring family, friends, faith in us and economic freedom. No doubt celebrities have a steady flow of money, but not a normal life and caring relationship with ordinary people.
To conclude, being famous is something everybody desires but this is a two-edged sword. If money and fame become the main objectives of life, we will miss so many aspects of a joyful life which is often the case for famous people.