It Is Difficult to Remain a Bystander in Any Situation of Conflict

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In Conflict there are those who choose to sit on the side and ignore or turn a blind eye to the situation at hand. Bystanders that do so are often overpowered by the pressures of conflict and are forced to take part in the conflict or create another further complicating the matters involved. When a Bystanders values and opinions are challenged indirectly they generally shrug the opposing value and opinion off, ignoring the actions or words that have challenge them, but an individual can only do this for so long, quickly falling into the pit of conflict. During the Course of conflict there are also individuals that crumble to the persistent clashes, which can lead to one being so overwhelmed that they must choose a new path in order to …show more content…

This is very much evident from the novel ‘The Secret River’ where we find Sal, Thornhill’s wife, a bystander who very much impacts the way Thornhill engages himself in the conflict. Although she is not taking a direct stance in the clash she is feeding the fire causing Thornhill to take part in the massacre of the aboriginals, ultimately playing a part in the conflict but remaining a bystander at the same time, which is why although it may be difficult to remain a bystander in conflict there are those who can slip between the cracks to avoid being in the centre of conflict.

In conclusion it is at most times very hard to remain a bystander in any situation of conflict, as Bystanders with their shields guarding there values and opinions are often overpowered and by the pressures and forces of conflict and often fall crumbling to them, leading individuals down new paths of conflict, joining the ongoing conflict or simply tagging along to suit their other values and needs. However as hard as it may be to remain a bystander there are those who simply sit on fringes of conflict contributing to the matters at hand whilst not being directly involved in the situation, hence why it is difficult to remain a bystander at most times during the courses of


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