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Conflict in Stories Complications usually arise after a writer introduces the main point in a story These complications are usually the result of conflicts There are three kinds of conflict within a story Trimmer and Jennings 4 The first kind of conflict is conflict among the characters The second kind of conflict is conflict between a character and his or her environment The third kind of conflict is conflict among the thoughts needs or emotions of a single character After conflict arises this is a moment of crisis or perhaps better known as the climax of the story This usually marks the end of development to any other major action in the story Trimmer and Jennings 5 The focus at this point is on the conflict in hopes of untangling or resolving it The first kind of conflict is conflict among characters This kind of conflict is present in John Updikes AP and Willa Cathers Pauls Case Sammy the main character in AP wants to impress some town girls12a and Lengel the store manager wants to humiliate them Because of this conflict Sammy makes a decision to quit his job in an effort to become a hero to the girls Lengel realizes this is a hasty decision and tells Sammy youll9e feel this for the rest of your life1140 However Sammy feels once you begin a gesture its fatal not to go through with it1140 Updike writes ISammy feel how hard the world is going to be to me hereafter1141 Sammy realizes he has made a mistake Paul in Pauls Case is in conflict with his father and cannot live up to his expectations His father constantly holds a young man who is a business clerk up to him as a role model According to Cather it is his fathers deepest hope that he would pattern the business clerk84 However Paul despises the thought He does not have any interest in being a
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