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How does conflict lead to change?

How Conflict Leads to Change

People have been protesting since the very beginning because it is an efficient way to accomplish change.These people are the ‘Fight for $15’ they are fighting for $15/hour, union rights, and racial and economic justice, these people are putting up a fight by drawing attention to themselves to alert people that they do not like what is going on and demand change. By doing so they catch the attention of the people who are liable to legally make a change.

Fighting for a Change

People have been fighting for what they believe in since the beginning of time, standing up for your beliefs is part of human nature. There are many of examples when conflict has lead to change, like the Civil War, or The Fight for Women's Suffrage. Both are examples of when people banded together to fight for a change, both were effective because both these revolutions and rebellions let people know that people don't like what is going on and want a change and will fight for it if necessary, this led to the freedom of slavery and the woman's right to vote.A more recent example would be Black Lives Matter protesting, this is an organization dedicated to the change of African Americans equality in the economy.Protests like this can either be mostly peaceful strike outs, or can get violent when change isn't seen through.
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Deadly little Secret

In Deadly Little Secret a novel by Laurie Faria Stolarz, the question of ‘how conflict lead to change’ is answered throughout. In this book, is the constant conflict of man vs. fate/destiny, when the main character Camelia starts getting mysterious and threatening notes, she doesn't want to have what happened in the past happen to her. “‘So let's review. What do we know for sure?’ “I'm being followed-’ ‘Right’ she says jotting it down. ‘Someone's watching me, and he's getting closer’ ‘Do you have any idea who that someone ,might be?’” (Stolarz 141). By planning ahead and being wary of things, could possibly, change her potentially, unfortunate future, by avoiding the events that could eventually lead up to the accident cuts down the possibility of the event happening. But there are also times when in the process of trying to change your fate you end up making it come true.

The Cure For Dreaming

The Cure For Dreaming is a novel by Cat Winters that takes place in Portland, Oregon 1900. At that time women did not have the right to vote and were thought of as inferior. Women known as suffragists stood up for their vote and right in society, throughout the story is a plot based off the fight for women's equality. In the book multiple protests take place, and this is proven effective. “‘A group of women gathered on the courthouse steps this afternoon and protested their lack of a vote in next Tuesday's election…. The protest turned somewhat volatile’” (Winters 33). By protesting you are getting a mass together to show you don't like what is going on and demand change. Protests can be peaceful but can also turn violent, whichever make their cause be heard and discussed about. The plot is a constant struggle of suffragists striking and protesting for a vote, people can deal with one rebellious women but when they all ban together they create a force that effectively sparks a change.

Gimme a Call

In history there are many examples of when conflict leads to change this can happen on a large and global scale or it can be on a minor scale like in Gimme a Call by Sarah Mlynowski. This is a story of how a girl named Devorah has the ability to talk to her younger self and she realizes that even with the slightest change of your past can lead to either good or bad things in the future. Devorah tells her younger self to try and fix things for her, one example being her friend who later in life has a eating disorder because of an event that happened in the past, “‘Are you sure you want to be on the team?’ I blurt out. All three of them stare at me. Karin takes a long sip of juice. ‘Yeah.Why wouldn't I be?’ ‘I heard about a girl who joined the team and became totally anorexic ‘cause the coach pressured her so much.’” (Mlynowski 93). By avoiding something that could lead up to bad things will ensure a better future, or so Devorah thinks. But she doesn't realize that even the smallest of changes can lead to a completely different future, and by messing with the past you could be ruining your future.

How The Poem Answers My Question

The Poem "Hey Black Child" was an inspirational poem written by Countee Cullen, it was written to inspire and change the minds of young African American children who don't think they are capable of being what they really can be. The poem is about fighting and ignoring the stereotypical idea of what people thought African American children were capable of. Throughout the poem is the repetition of applying yourself and meeting your full potential. By listening to the things the poem is saying the child is changing the stereotypical cycle, you are fighting back against what people are saying and by being the best you can possibly be and not following the stereotypical cycle you change the worlds perspective of the entire race.
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Real World Example

Conflict and change can happen on a big scale like rebellions and wars but they also happen in tinier scenes. In middle school you are trying to figure out where you stand socially and trying to find your real friends, conflict is the thing that will sort out your real friends out from the not so real friends. Both of these pictures are of people who I have argued and fought with before, when arguing personal opinions come out if there is a disagreement on the personal level it could end a friendship in a snap. The more arguments you have survived with your friend are usually the closer and similar you are to one another.


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