Some conflicts are more difficult to resolve than others. With reference to Paradise Road, how can this be approached?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One way to approach the idea that some conflicts are more difficult to resolve than others is to suggest that the more difficult the conflict, the greater the need for solidarity.  Survival in the Japanese prison camp is one of the most difficult conflicts that the women have to face. The only way they are able to approach it is through solidarity and through trusting one another.  While they all come from different backgrounds and narratives, their need to survive and persevere is what unites them.  While deaths mount all around them, solidarity and being able to rely on one another is the approach that the women in the camp take in order to confront the problem at hand.  "Solidarity in adversity" is one approach that the film suggests individuals can take when facing difficult and challenging conflicts.

Along these lines, another approach that the film suggests to address conflicts that are difficult to resolve is to emphasize the beauty that exists in the world.  The fact that the women in the camp are able to regale in song represents this.  The use of art as a way to transcend the condition in which the women find themselves helps to emphasize how there is beauty in the world, even in the midst of despair.  The women in the camp remind themselves and the viewer that beauty can be found even in the most dire of circumstances.  This beauty and the ability to focus upon it as redeeming can help to alleviate our conditions of struggle and those conflicts that appear difficult to resolve.