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archie199 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted May 27, 2013 at 10:17 AM via web

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What is an example of a major external and interpersonal conflict the main character Scout endures in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM (Answer #1)

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An example of an external conflict that Scout has of an interpersonal nature is her conflict with Miss Caroline, her first grade teacher.

An external conflict is a conflict between a character and an outside force.  In a character vs. character conflict, or an interpersonal conflict, a character has a problem with another character.

Scout is looking forward to starting school.  She is intelligent and precocious, and she has watched her brother go off without getting to go herself.  Unfortunately, her enthusiasm for school is dampened by conflict with her first grade teacher, Miss Caroline.

Before the first morning was over, Miss Caroline Fisher, our teacher, hauled me up to the front of the room and patted the palm of my hand with a ruler, then made me stand in the corner until noon. (ch 2)

The biggest conflict between them is that Scout tries to educate Miss Caroline on Maycomb and its citizens, and Miss Caroline does not appreciate the education.  Scout is just trying to help, but Miss Caroline does not know what to do with her because she knows how to read already, and she tries to be informative.

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