Conflict in Texts

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How has your understanding of the consequences of conflict been shaped by the techniques used by various composers?

The film, Unfinished Sky by Peter Duncan together with the novel, Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta and Bruce Dawe’s poem, ‘Homecoming’, demonstrate that the consequences of conflict are exceedingly varied. The audio, visual and language techniques used by the composers throughout these texts allow an in depth exploration of the consequences of conflict. The texts show that conflict can result in a positive outcome, enabling growth and allowing an individual or society to move on. Alternatively, these texts are able to display the devastating outcomes of conflict, exploring many negative consequences, especially death. The film, Unfinished Sky, and the novel, Looking for Alibrandi, are able to successfully demonstrate both the positive and negative results of conflict. The poem, ‘Homecoming’ further explores conflict as having a negative, devastating result.

Peter Duncan’s film, Unfinished Sky, effectively explores the consequences of conflict. The final scenes of the film display both a negative effect of conflict and a positive outcome. During the climax of the film, a negative consequence of conflict is displayed through the death of one of Tahmeena’s previous captors. With the use of audio techniques such as diegetic and non-diegetic sound, suspense and tension is created which efficiently enhances the negativity of the scene. For example, the loud diegetic breathing of John and Tahmeena whilst in hiding allows suspense to be felt by the audience. Following this, both characters engage in a chase with the intruders. The fast pace and loud volume of the music is able to intensify the danger of the situation. This is followed by a ‘Western-style” shootout which ultimately leads to the death of one of the intruders, successfully conveying the devastating consequences which can occur as a result of physical conflict. Alternatively...
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