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Disagree with:

There are usualy two sides people who are worse off to those who come out on top The outcomes of conflict can be severe, like death. Life can become torturous for some people after they have experienced trauma.

Agree with:
There are many examples that demonstrate people surviving, e.g., people after accidents rehabiltiation. People leave countries that are dangerous.

Initial thoughts Of course they can! Some people can't! It depends on the situation. It can also depend on peoples' perosnalities and characters. It can depend on the degree and severity of the context - the type of conflict that is taking place. Abuse and misuse of social networks can destroy a person's reputation. Innuendo can thrive and rumour treated as truth. Many people are finding themselves in situations where they have to survive unwarranted public humiliation. How people cope with this varies - a modern form of public accusation and ridicule.


Ideas from beyond the set text: You need to see links between these ideas, the prompt and the set text.

Unjust imprisonments: Nelson Mandela, The Guildford Four At many times in history innocent people have been sent to jail. Often discrimination and race hate are a part of this. In many instances the people at fault go to many lengths to hide their indiscretions - The Nuremberg defence is often put forward when guilty acts are uncivered - 'I was following orders'

Mary Warren tried to tell the truth but peer pressure pushed her over the edge. How beholden are we to the pressure of the groups we belong to, how much persuasion does it take for us choose the wrongful position in terms of our values and is this necessary for survival at times?

Ideas from the set text: These are the ideas, themes, events from 'The Crucible' that you see relate to the prompt


The Jews: Some survived, some didn't. Because of experiences like concentration some people would want to die. This might not be true of everyone. Some people are stronger than others.

Soldiers at war: Some live, some die The reasons soldiers go to war are interesting. What are humans motivations to fight? Can this motivation ever be right? Or is warfare unequivocally wrong? Do they make the choice or is it made for them. Personality and character traits most likely play a big parrt in whether they survive or not.

Lying was a way to survive: Abigail, Tituba disappoint Elizabeth survived because she was pregnant - This linked to Puritan religious belief system - can be differences between cultures

Arthur Miller reflects on the McCarthy trials through his creation of this text. McCarthyism made him an outcast and survival for some came through succumbing to the 'mob' mentality and ensuing fears about Communism.

Connections between set text and world and ideas for writing (Getting ready to write the statement of explanation)

Nazi Germany - Some people survived by following, and making the choice to treat others inhumanely. Their survival relied on allowing others to suffer and, even, die.

King Henry VIII When he couldn't divorce his wives he murdered them. E.g., Anne Boleyn was charged with adultery, witchcraft and treason when he had enough of her - she was beheaded. Her fate is remembered to this day.

Even in death, one can be considered to be a survivor. John Proctor hung but he maintained the integrity of his name and his beliefs. Actions life this become a legacy for future generations and are a part of the human race choosing to live in ways that challenge murder, ignaorance, discrimination, hatred, etc.

A persuasive/imaginative piece that takes the form of a letter. It is written by Elizabeth and John Proctor's daughter, born after her father's death. (Her mother killed after her birth?) It is written to the high court? Increase Mather, putting forward her case as to why her parents and all the other misfortunates names need to be cleared. She intends for the injustice they faced to be recorded and for their legacy to survive and make a difference. Case of conscience discussed

A creative short story. The setting is present time. A 13 year old girl finds herself targeted by her peers on social networks. Rumours fly. She is treated as an outcast. A primary school friend is torn by wanting to protect her but yearning to belong. A flash forward reveals the fate of all the girls involved - highlighting the survival of the girl targeted and the guilt of her friend.

An expository essay discussing the Salem witch hunts, McCarthyism, King Henry VIII, perhaps other with a focus on people survivng or not surviving based on their choice to maintain or abandon their morals.

A persuasive newspaper article. An opinion piece in the weekend paper that discusses the positive influence of social media and how it can challenge crimes against humanity. Disusses recent Kony incident, uprisings in Egypt, Nazi Germany, and talks about how it could have been helpful in Salem.

Refugees - people flee war torn countries to survive. Trying to escape discrimination and persecution. They have to make sacrifices, e.g, leaving behind family. They enter the unknown - have to survive further conflicts when they go to a different country ostracised - xenophobia