Conflict in Othello and Tri

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Conflict can arise when those involved perceive a threat to their needs, interests or concerns. It is what evokes conflict that reflects who we are and our individual values. The texts “Othello” by William Shakespeare and “Tri” by Frances Echins explore the concept that conflict is a result of our underlying desires which specifically relate to our individual values. This is often fuelled by strong emotions, desires and goals at any cost. Individuals routinely filter their responses and reactions to conflict on the basis of their values, cultural beliefs, personal experiences and other variables. Both texts display the key themes of: racism, physical violence and emotional. These themes contribute to the central conflict and as a result show the overall escalation throughout the texts. Inevitably the individual responses of the characters determine the nature of the conflict and what the consequences will be. Emotions play a role in how individuals make sense of their, power, social standing and relationships. People constantly evaluate situations to see if they are personally relevant to the circumstances. These understanding and appraisal individuals cast are often infused with various emotions and feelings. Thus, emotion not only serves as a result of conflict but also guides how people understand and define their dispute. The intensity in which individuals are emotionally invested signifies the importance of the issue and reveals underlying values of disputants. When people perceive a threat to anything that they deem important or specifically personal, they react with a flare of emotion which often results in conflict. The greater the reaction is and the more negative feelings parties experience, the greater the potential for destructive conflict. This concept is evident in Shakespeare play, ‘Othello’ as characters experience a various amount of emotional
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