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There are various conflicts in the story The Glass Roses though the main and most significant one being of an internal conflict within the protagonist Stephen a willowy fifteen-year-old working in the pulp woods The internal conflict occurs between his desires to fulfill his childhood dreams and those to become a man Stephen is heavily influenced by his father and longs to be like the other workers with their ox-like shoulders but also does not want to leave his childish dreams and ideals behind However Leka the Polack shows Stephen how that being different and having your own ideals and ideas can be beautiful like his mothers glass roses though There is not much room in the world for glass roses The conflict is solved however when Stephen decides to become like his father and fit the stereotype of a man perhaps because he does not want to disappoint his father raising an important issue To what extent should a child conform to his parents expectations of him I think that it is through these conflicts that the author effectively demonstrates how heavily a person can be influenced by others such as their parents The protagonist in the story Stephen is a very dynamic character as he learns much from his father and Leka while working in the pulp woods In the beginning of the story Stephen is unsure about who he wants to be He tries to be like his father endlessly felling trees but is unable to leave his childish ideals and values such as his fascination with tales of far places He learns to try and follow his own ideas and beliefs from Leka who is different from the other men but in the end decides to become like his father after seeing how he would be viewed in society and by his father- Them Wops and Bohunks and Polacks has got funny ideas They aint our kinda people You gotta
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