STEP ONE: WHAT’S IT ASKING?
The prompt asks you to consider a range of ideas and questions. Remember that all prompts are launching off points for a discussion about the ideas you have developed regarding Encountering Conflict. Although there is no formula for a Context essay, there are certain questions that you should ask about each prompt to help flesh out your understanding. These questions include:
Who? What? Why? Where? When? Which? How and Why?
In regards to this prompt, some of the questions you might consider include: * What does it mean by ‘brings out the worst’? Does it mean appalling / disgusting / selfish behaviour? * Who are the people who react to conflict? Is it the perpetrators? …show more content…
Do you have to be a martyr for your cause to be considered ‘morally good’ or is his behaviour morally bad?
CONFLICT BETWEEN PEOPLE
The Quiet American * Both Pyle and Thomas are in conflict over a number of issues throughout the text. In particular some of this conflict stems from their ideological differences, particularly in regards to their views about Vietnam. Pyle is blind to the outside dangers present by sticking so blindly to his core beliefs. (How do a person’s beliefs shape their responses to situations they find themselves in?) * Pyle and Thomas also come into conflict over Phuong. (what motivates their attitudes towards her? In what ways does she contribute to this problem? )
Key ideas for me to consider: * What are the reasons behind conflict between people? Is compromise always the best solution? Can it bring out the best in people? Listening? Understanding? Resolving? Conflict can also be solved by ‘winning’ – when one person’s wishes compromise another’s. Conflict can be avoided as well.
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Step 3: Developing a Contention and Plan
In an Expository essay, your aim is to draw out the ideas of the prompt and to consider the various elements in depth. Rather than rambling on, you should have a clear idea about what it is that you want to say.
As I look back over these notes, it becomes clear to me that for each of the three elements – the individual in conflict; conflict between individuals and large scale conflict – that conflict brings out both the best and the worst in people. Whilst this may be my overarching belief – my contention – I still need to take the idea further as I need to be able to account for these differences. In this case, I am going to account for the array of opinions by looking closely at my essay plan and finding the common thread between the paragraphs:
Body 1 – Individuals in conflict respond according to their own moral outlook. How they choose to respond is influenced by their moral beliefs.
Body 2 – Conflicts between people will often bring out the best or worst in people depending on what they value and what they are trying to