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nvoxo

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context sac next week

prompt:

'conflict begins and ends in the hearts and minds of people, not in the hilltops'


what does it mean?? from what kinda perspectives can i write about it?

please feel free to leave your opinions~~

i kinda need a tutor too~ thx

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I would interpret this prompt to be asking whether you think conflict is initiated by human nature and people in general rather than the physical places we are.
Decide whether you agree with this or want to challenge it.
Personally, I think agreeing with this prompt would be easier as there are more points you can talk about by agreeing with this.
For example, you can talk about how conflict is present everywhere - not just one location (i.e. the hilltops)

It's a tricky prompt though.
Also, I'd try and bring in examples of conflict Najaf encounters outside of Afghanistan (i.e. Woomera) as this would demonstrate that conflict can be present in any situation we're faced with in any part of the world, not just in the places we consider to be war-torn, etc.
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I would interpret this prompt to be asking whether you think conflict is initiated by human nature and people in general rather than the physical places we are.
Decide whether you agree with this or want to challenge it.
Personally, I think agreeing with this prompt would be easier as there are more points you can talk about by agreeing with this.
For example, you can talk about how conflict is present everywhere - not just one location (i.e. the hilltops)

It's a tricky prompt though.
Also, I'd try and bring in examples of conflict Najaf encounters outside of Afghanistan (i.e. Woomera) as this would demonstrate that conflict can be present in any situation we're faced with in any part of the world, not just in the places we consider to be war-torn, etc.

oh thx for your reply ella~
yeh you think i shall try a narrative piece - expository?
or something like an imaginative? a story etc..

what kind of genre would expose the circumstances more clearly?

thanks so much!
xx

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No problem!!

Hmm, well it depends what you're most comfortable with really.
You could do an imaginative piece from the perspective of a character from The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif, maybe one of the refugees on the boat with Najaf on their way to Woomera? You could bring in their thoughts with how they think avoiding Afghanistan will rid them of conflict, and yet once they're faced with the detention center at Woomera they realise conflict isn't about the places we are but the people we're surrounded by? Or something like that. However BE CAREFUL, although imaginative might be the easiest it is no doubt the hardest to pull off. One of my teachers said only 2 out of 100 students at the end of year who attempt a creative/imaginative piece do it well.

I personally always stick to expository as that's what I'm best at. If you chose to do this you could then explore lots of aspects as you can generally talk about anything relevant to the prompt. Try and think of a few different examples from the text. You could also bring in other ideas outside the text in an expository piece - i.e.: think of recent news stories of conflict stemming from people who appeared to live in civil places?

Hope this helps!! :)
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No problem!!

Hmm, well it depends what you're most comfortable with really.
You could do an imaginative piece from the perspective of a character from The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Sharif, maybe one of the refugees on the boat with Najaf on their way to Woomera? You could bring in their thoughts with how they think avoiding Afghanistan will rid them of conflict, and yet once they're faced with the detention center at Woomera they realise conflict isn't about the places we are but the people we're surrounded by? Or something like that. However BE CAREFUL, although imaginative might be the easiest it is no doubt the hardest to pull off. One of my teachers said only 2 out of 100 students at the end of year who attempt a creative/imaginative piece do it well.

I personally always stick to expository as that's what I'm best at. If you chose to do this you could then explore lots of aspects as you can generally talk about anything relevant to the prompt. Try and think of a few different examples from the text. You could also bring in other ideas outside the text in an expository piece - i.e.: think of recent news stories of conflict stemming from people who appeared to live in civil places?

Hope this helps!! :)

 yeah this is awesome~thx for sharin:)
i think i will do it in like a diary form by one of the refugee on the boat~at different places and with different people
haha im feeling much more confident now~lol

thx to u ella~and good luck with your studies!

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I didn't actually read the book before my SAC and only really flipped through it, but isn't the part about sheep and wolves set in the hilltops? That for me was the most profound representation of conflict throughout the text.
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I didn't actually read the book before my SAC and only really flipped through it, but isn't the part about sheep and wolves set in the hilltops? That for me was the most profound representation of conflict throughout the text.

ohh ok,
how did u find it the most profound one??