Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Responding to conflict

We have been discussing why individuals respond to conflict in particular ways. To recap, here is a summary of what we came up with.

How an individual responds to conflict can be influenced by their:

* Temperament * Values * Beliefs * Interests * Expectations * Goals * Family background * Personal experience * Political affiliation * Religion

Now we have to look at how all of these factors affected characters such as Will Thornhill? This needs to come through in your group presentations.

How a person responds to conflict may be influenced by the nature of the conflict. For example, what type of conflict is it?

Remember the framework we are using for discussing conflict in The Secret River:
Inner/personal conflict: eg. Sal wishing to return to England; Will wanting to stay at Thornhill's Point despite the danger to his family & the hardships they face.
Interpersonal conflict: eg. marital conflict between Will & Sal; familial conflict between Will & Dick; racial conflict between Will & local Darug people.
Extrapersonal conflict:eg. conflict betweenwhite settlers/convicts and the physical Australian environment (so beautifully described by Grenville)

It is important to understand the cultural/historical/social/economic/religious context of conflict.

How does this statement apply to The Secret River?

So much more to talk about. Looking forward to Robert Hillman tomorrow!

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