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Cellist of Sarajevo Conflict

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Taylor Burdick

on 2 May 2013

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This event is very significant for Kenan because of how often he has to get water. Water is a conflict for Kenan that the men on the hills created. As Kenan says in the quote, he didn`t have a part in creating the world he currently lives in. Everything is the way it is because of the men on the hills. As previously stated water is a large conflict for Kenan. The difficulties of going to get water has become normal for Kenan and others in Sarajevo. The symbol for this event is a camel because camels often symbolize patience and tolerance, two qualities important for Kenan to make the long journey and wait in line just to get water, basic life necessity. A camel could symbolize Kenan in this oart of the novel because he dislikes having to trave so far for water and seeing it get wasted because there is no way to stop the water from running ono the street, but he tolerates it and puts up with it, poossibly because he is grateful that they have access water at all. "He`s tired. He`s tired from the world he lives in, a world he never wanted and had no part in creating and wishes didn`t exist.`` (52)
"He straightens himself, clears his throat and knocks on the door. He hears a shuffling inside, but the door doesn't open. He knocks again, louder this time, and waits for Mrs.Riskovski to answer the door, to bring him her bottles so he can begin his long walk down the hill through town, up the hill to the brewery and back again." (245) Kenan This quote demonstrates how the siege has changed every aspect of the lives of the citizens of Sarajevo. The quote says that the men on the hills have instilled fear into the lives of the citizens of Sarajevo. Dragan is questioning whether his life is worth living in constant fear. The men on the hills of changed peoples identity because they have forced them to live in fear, something they did not do before the siege. If Dragan hopes to keep his identity constant, braving the siege would be the best way to ensure his identity does not change. Allowing the events of the siege to change how they live their daily lives would be changing the identity of the citizens of Sarajevo. This quote demonstrates the conflict in deciding whether to back down from the conflict with the men on the hills or continue to live their lives as close to normal as they can; and therefore keep their identity. This is an appropriate symbol for the event because Dragan is questioning whether or not his life is worth the danger around him. He knows that staying in Sarajevo means living in fear and the question is whether or not you are willing to live with that fear until the siege ends. This picture is appropriate because it shows a war torn city, much like Sarajevo would look, and there is a person, braving that destruction and danger to continue on with their life. "What makes the difference, he realizes is whether you want to stay in the world you live in. Because while he will always be afraid of death, and nothing can change that, the question is whether your life is worth that fear." (179) ""Dragan is that you?" A hand touches his shoulder, and he realizes that his attempt to look as though he was deep in thought resulted in actual thinking. He smiles, finding this funny, and Emina smiles back. "Hello, Emina," he says, leaning in to kiss her on each cheek." (79) Dragan This quote demonstrates that the cellist and his music helped the citizens of Sarajevo hold onto something from their previous life. The music helped Arrow keep her identity, stay grounded with what she knows. The music reminded Arrow that she doesn't need to change her identity and attitude, despite the conflict. Arrow was reminded that happiness can still occur even amongst the hatred that everyone feels for the men on the hills. This symbol demonstrates the power that the cellist's music had on everyone in Sarajevo. The cellist and his music had a way of healing the people of Sarajevo, giving them moment's of peace and serenity amongst the chaos. The music reminded Arrow that she can not always be angry, happiness is important in times of crisis and danger. "The men on the hills didn't have to be murderers. The men in the city didn't have to lower themselves to fight their attackers. She didn't have to be filled with hatred. The music demanded that she remember this, that she know to a certainty that the world still held the capacity for goodness. The notes were proof of that." (255) Arrow "The Cellist of Sarjevo" Main Conflict
The main conflict in The Cellist of Sarajevo is the very basis of the siege, the conflict with the men on the hills. Along with the conflict that everyone shares, each character has their own conflict with something in the external world. While they are dealing with these mutual and individual external conflicts they are attempting to not only stay alive; but to keep their identity. Each character finds a way to keep their individual identity and find out what it means to be truly alive during the siege. The characters know that it is essential to keep who they are inside so that when the siege ends they can do their best to return to the life they had before the siege, with their identity unchanged. When Arrow refuses to obey Hasan's order to kill the civilian, it is a demonstration of her morals. Arrow knows that killing someone who will not harm Sarajevo is wrong, and standing against Hasan demonstrates that Arow is keeping her identity. We know that Arrow does not enjoy ending someon's life and she does not want to end another person's life; especially someone who will not harm the citizens of Sarajevo. Even though her job requires the rare skill to be able to kil someone without feeling guilty, Arrow will only shoot when necessary. This is a significant part of Arrow\s identity; it makes her stand ot from the men on the hills and other soldiers defending Sarajevo. The symbol is significant to this even because Arrow was under dangerous conditions, Hasan could have killed her the instant she didn't follow his orders. The symbol demonstrates the adversity Arrow was facing and how strong and courageous she was for sticking to her morals and keeping her identity. "Arrow takes her finger off the trigger, looks up at Hasan. "I'm not going to kill an unarmed civilian." Hasan turns to her "you kill who I tell you to kill." Arrow shakes her head. "No"." (224) "She closes her eyes, recalls the notes she heard only yesterday, a melody that is no longer there but feels very close. Her lips move, and a moment before the door splinters off the hinges she says, her voice strong and quiet, "My name is Alisa"." (231) This event shows the conflict that Dragan and others in Sarajvo experience daily. The thought of being killed while simpy crossing the street, and thinking that a crosswalk is a dangerous location baffles our mind. These are things that the people of Sarajevo have delt with since the beginning of the siege. Dragan and others in Sarajevo have to brave this danger in order to keep up their lives. They will not let the men on the hills keep them from living their lives. This event demonstrates the amount of courage it would take to live through an event like the siege. Dragan and others in Sarajevo keep their identity because they have the courage to go outside and face it. The lion is a symbol for this event because the lion is typically a symbol for courage and bravery. Dragan and everyone in Sarajevo must have tremendous courage to live during the siege. It takes courage to keep your identity and not let the men on the hills and the siege change your identity. "It's possible the sniper is gone. At least ten minutes have passed since he fired, and already several people have made it through the intersection without incident. Dragan moves closer to the edge of the street, contemplating crossing." (77) The very last moment of the novel reveals Arrow's true identity. Since the siege started Arrow has been living by a different name and personality. She created the alter ego 'Arrow' for when she is a sniper because she didn't want to lose her true self. Arrow also knew that under the identity of 'Arrow' she would be able to do things, like kill a person, with less guit than 'Alisa' would have, she would also be able to forget about what she said as a sniper when she returns to being Alisa. Creating a second identity was Arrow's way of surviving during the siege. It is significant that she says her name before she gets killed because she is accepting what has happened and is determined to die as herself, not an identity that the men on the hills have made her become. This symbol is accurate for Arrow's current situation because she uses the identity of 'Arrow' as a way to camouflage Alisa. She does not want anyone she works with or against to know her true identity. Character vs. Character
-Arrow vs. New Commander Hasan
-Arrow vs. Sniper watching the Cellist
-Dragan vs. Sniper covering the intersection
- All character's vs. the men on the hills Character vs. Environment - Kenan vs. water
- All character's vs. Explosions in the Streets
-Kenan vs. Rubble in the city - takes longer to walk to the brewery
- All character's vs. lack of food Character vs. Themselves - Arrow vs. her morals
- Dragan vs. whether or not to help the man lying in the street
- Kenan vs. whether to get Mrs. Ristovski Paragraph “Each time you expose yourself to the dangers of the streets you run the risk of injury or death. But carry too much and you lose the ability to run, duck, drive, anything it takes to get out of dangers way.”(24) The symbol for this event is an obstacle course because when Kenan goes to the brewery it is similar to going through an obstacle course. He has to avoid rubble in the streets and avoid being shot. It demonstrates how even the siege as an obstacle; Kenan is keeping his identity in tact, he is keeping true to his provider identity. This event demonstrates the conflict with the environment that the men on the hills have created. This quote shows how the siege has destroyed the city and how the citizens of Sarajevo have had to adapt. The fact that the citizens of Sarajevo have been able to adapt to the destruction shows how they are keeping their identity the same by not letting the siege alter their daily lives too much. This is an appropriate symbol for this event because it demonstrates tradition. Kenan has been getting water for Mrs.Riskovski for years and doesn't stop just because of the siege. Kenan is not going to allow the men on the hills to let him lose his identity of being a good neighbor. This event shows that after experiencing a shelling and knowing how hard it is to travel through the city; Kenan will not abandon his role as a provider for his elderly neighbor. Kenan knows that it is easier for him to travel through the destroyed city. I chose to arrange my project in this manner because within the main conflict, the biggest circle, are the smaller conflicts within this main conflict. That is why I put the main conflict in the biggest circle and the smaller conflicts with each character within it. The process was difficult, I began by finding quotes for my events and then found symbols that accurately represent these events and how they represent the theme. Each character is displaying the theme of attempting to keep their identity while enduring the conflict with the men on the hills. Arrow did this by creating a second identity for when she is a sniper, Kenan kept his identity as a provider when he didn't stop getting water for his neighbor; and Dragan kept his identity when he greeted Emina on the street. Dragan, Arrow and Kenan were able to keep their identity and stay alivve physically and mentally during the siege. This event shows how even amongst the chaos they are able to return to normal ways of interaction. This is important in keeping your identity. Talking to each other normally in the street shows the men on the hills that they are not going to alter and change ho they interact with each other because of the siege. This symbol is appropriate because brushing your teeth is a daily routine, and if something were to happen in your life you are not going to stop brushing your teeth. Talking to someone you know on the street is a routine, and it is important not to stop these routines even when your world is altered. Keeping your simple daily routines helps to keep sanity and simplicity in the chaos going on around you.
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