• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Encountering conflict can bring out the best and the worst in people. Discuss

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Encountering conflict can bring out the best and the worst in people * Intro - September 11 brought out good and bad o Barack Obama o Brought out good patriotism o Turned into revenge which bred racial intolerance o Multiculturalism placed on trial o Culture of surveillance * 1 - Conflict elicit our virtue o Channel to reassess o Giles Corey - bravery in confrontation and death * 2 - Conflict can make us reassess and change who we are o Bali Nine leaders - bad to good * 3 - Conflict can bring out self-serving behaviour o With "arena of morality" gone, characters exploited o Thomas Putnam o "long held hatreds" o Ann Putnam and Abigail seek revenge * 4 - Conflict seen today in dictators o Mobutu Sese Seko o The Western world's ignorance o People can do as they want * 5 - Conflict can bring people together o Proctor's are brought together o At home, "sense of separation", but this changes in face of conflict Intro: 9/11 brought out good and bad; volunteers, racial intolerance, multiculturalism on trial "One of the things we've told them is that the worst terrorist attack in American history also brought out the best in our country". ...read more.

Middle

Chan and Sukumaran have become mentors for inmates, run art and language programs and, from the perception of the guards themselves, are "model prisoners". Greater men would have been excused for living out their days with a self-serving bitterness, considering the punishment far out-weighs the crime. Yet these two figures merely focus on each day, enjoying a life we often take for granted. Their conflict has acted as a catalyst for their own individual growth, and indeed these noble characters have developed through their ordeal and are a sterling example of dignified change in spite of the poisonous grasp of conflict. Conflict can bring out self-serving behavior: evil can thrive unchecked, no accountability Yet, conflict can bring out petty, even sinister, self-serving behaviour in some naturally malevolent individuals involved. When there is the possibility to profit from a situation, our values are often subjugated to secondary importance. In The Crucible some characters shamelessly exploit the prevailing mistrust and hysteria, where "land-lust could now be elevated to the arena of morality". It is therefore unsurprising "so many accusations against people are in the handwriting of Thomas Putnam", as the vindictive, vengeful man went about "killing his neighbors for land". ...read more.

Conclusion

The presence of a common enemy, and shared conflict has elicited their own individual virtue - John's bravery and "shred of goodness" and Elizabeth's resilience - but more importantly it has brought them together. Together they achieve the immense courage for John to go willingly to his dignified death, and as he lifts his wife into the air in a last passionate embrace, conflict has brought love anew, albeit with devastating consequences Crucible pot By examining the notion of a crucible itself, we can better understand conflict. A crucible is a pot which is used to melt elements together. The elements within the pot, when incompatible, can often produce an adverse reaction, yet when the heat is harnessed in the right manner the crucible is able to produce a product of great value. In this way, conflict can act as the crucible. Sometimes it elicits our most admirable virtues, whilst at other times, it gives rise to our most maliciously wicked, unfathomably gruesome actions. As such, conflict can bring out the best and the worst in us. September 11 is this modern day crucible, and as such, it remains clear to see that conflict can bring out our best and worst ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Composition section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Composition essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    The Crucible: Discuss the changes in the relationship between John and Elizabeth Proctor in ...

    3 star(s)

    However Proctors feeling that he needs to stay with Elizabeth and protect her he does not share or show with Elizabeth as we see at the start of Act 2. At the start of Act 2 the air between John and Elizabeth is very cold 'With a certain disappointment, he returns to the table.'

  2. Red Rings. Crucifixes hung on the door of every house and bound to the ...

    as the fire consumed the house and the screams of agony will be the remaining memories of her loved enemy. Trudging along the path back to town, she noticed tarot cards on the floor. They were different though, checking her pockets for her own.

  1. I have scars on my body that will always remind me of a worst ...

    The thought of throwing up again made me cry. Never in my life have I cried so much. I knew I had to keep fighting this battle, but my thoughts were, "what could possible be next?" I prayed to God all the time to give me the strength to get though this.

  2. The final separation between drugs and school

    With this extra sleep will come better grades. Once, while writing an exam, I saw a sign with 'pre-exam study tips'. While it was a little late for me, I noticed one of the tips was to get lots of sleep.

  1. the conegatherers ( note form )

    lady r.c and duror go into lendrick ( closest town ) in car- had chance to offer brothers lift, didn't, duror persuades her not to- they drive past them, Neil points out not getting a lift, they think it would be unspeakable to offer them a lift in the same car.

  2. Without conflict there is no progress or change. Discuss

    It stirs us into observation and memory". From his perspective, progress does not produce conflict, but rather conflict produces progress. Like the chicken and the egg saga, there is no definite answer. In any case, both are true. It remains evident, that where there is growth and development there is conflict.

  1. Appropriate Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in Education

    They suggested that the effects of Ritalin were most effective for controlling hyperactive classroom behaviors on a short-term basis. Another report evaluated a group of stimulant-medicated hyperactive children for 16 weeks and then four years later. After four years, 81% of the children were no longer taking Ritalin.

  2. The day of the visit to the graveyard came on possibly the worst day ...

    Confusion set in when I started to think about why I did this. I was taught from a relatively young age not to walk over graves. Only now when I was really thinking about it did I wonder why I was doing so.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work