English – Writing for the Context
“In times of conflict, ordinary people do extraordinary things” The idea that in times of conflict, ordinary people can do extraordinary things is echoed in the statement by Amos Oz that ‘A conflict begins and ends in the heart and minds of people not on the hilltops.’ what this quote is saying is that the beginning of conflict isn’t a physical manifestation but one that the heart and mind can create. It can also be that you can overcome anything not in a physical sense but through your heart and mind. This is show in Beresford film Paradise Road were Adrienne Pargiter an ordinary woman that helps the women and children escape the harshness of their reality with the use of music. The sense of control and power from the music helps the women to face the cruel reality of what’s around them and gives them something to enjoy and appreciate whilst living the nightmare. Something else that I found that followed the idea of ordinary people doing extraordinary thing in times of conflict is the character Tracy Turnblad from the musical Hairspray. Growing up in 1960 Baltimore was the time for change and one change that happened was the integration of Black Americans on television and everywhere else in life. At the beginning her only understanding of the restraints on black Americans was ‘Negro Day’ on her favourite television show ‘The Corny Collins Show’. She soon enough learnt about the restraints black Americans had to live with, in that time. Her decision to change the way black Americans are looked on by others comes with both positive and negative consequences. People who work or volunteer in emergency services are examples of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. One of the many extraordinary things that they do is put their lives in danger to help protect and save people and animals as well. An iconic image that remains in our minds after the 2009 bushfires is when fire fighter David Tree offered his bottle of water to a...
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