Conflict is in many ways a power cause for a domino effect. Having conflict with someone whether it be killing, physical torture or mental abuse will cause something to happen or someone to react in a way that is often not a part of their everyday character. When people are involved in conflict most will come out the other side but often it will change something about them or their inner character. In the film Paradise Road it captures the essence of how different people will change in different ways in order to help themselves and others survive.Adrienne, the protagonist of the film Paradise Road is a character who after being confronted with conflict becomes bolder and courageous. Adrienne, before her time on Sumatra wasn’t very confident in herself or her thoughts, would believe anything she was told and rarely stood up for herself. After a time in Sumatra being held prisoner by a brutal Japanese Captain in a POW camp she soon becomes bold, smart, willing to stand up for herself and lead others and also help them. Being held within the camp at the beginning of the film she didn’t have enough confidence in herself and didn’t believe that she would be able to lead the others just to sing in their vocal orchestra.
By the end of the film after seeing much conflict not only to herself but to those around her as well she was not only confident enough to stand up to the Japanese but to lead the others even in the grimmest of times such as the death of her friend Daisy.Daisy, the best friend of Adrienne and the seconder leader in the vocal orchestra responded to conflict quite differently in response to the conflict around her. As conflict changes and alters people so that they have a way to continue on and continue to strive and live Daisy needed no such transformation. Despite that conflict is a great catalyst for change, if no such change is required to be made it just makes the qualities that are already there stronger and bolder.
Daisy being a missionary carrying no anger with her, she had already seen what grim conditions some people are required to live under and was merely to adapt those aspects to her personality a little more than before. In not only seeing the conflict but then having to live it herself, she become stronger and bolder but overall remained the same strong character that she had to begin with.Conflict can be a catalyst for change in the case of characters such as Adrienne and assist them in changing in order to survive, however it is not always a catalyst for change in the case of characters such as Daisy whose character was already suited to her needs, the conflict simply empowered those characteristic. Conflict can be a cause of change however if the change is not needed then it will not change your character but build on what was already there.