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Conflict is among other things the process of building and sustaining very different perceptions and interpretations of reality httpfusforgfusfsinkfordsermonhtml This quote by Paul Lederach Professor of Peace-Building at Notre Dame reaches out especially to John Updikes AP Sammy suffered a variety of conflicts in the story including conflict among characters conflict among characters and environment and a conflict of his own personal thoughts leading him eventually to develop as a person Conflicts throughout this short story illustrate how the narration used by the author was not only reliable but absolutely necessary to obtain the view point intended by Updike Through various conflicts calling for this specific first person narration John Updike shows us how Sammy was able to grow and mature as a person First Sammy is faced with the conflict among characters One conflict Sammy seems to have is the conflict with Stokesie Stokesies married with two babies and twenty two opposed to Sammys nineteen 115 Although Stokesies life forces him to be much more mature Sammy feels like they are on the same level other than his family and a few years Sammys other conflict among characters is with Lengel the store manager who wants to embarrass the girls he has been ogling since the walked through the door This conflict leads to Sammys decision to quit his job Lengel is obviously Knight 2 aware that this is a hasty decision on Sammys part and replies Sammy you dont want to do this to your Mom and Dadyoull feel this for the rest of your life 117 Sammy takes no time to think with what he thinks as heroic and decides to go because once you begin a gesture its fatal not to go through with it 117 This conflict among characters appears to have a positive affect on Sammy by making him realize how hard the world was going to be to me Sammy hereafter and that he
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