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There are two main conflicts in this book. The first is man vs. nature. The story centers around a boy growing up on a farm, and life is dictated by seasons. Eldon notes that there are challenges with each season. Spring brings rotting animals, summer brings complicated and arduous farming, fall involves butchery, and winter keeps everyone indoors.
The second main conflict is a combination of character vs. self and character vs. character. Uncle David is upset when he learns that Wayne says that his stories are lies, and this leads him to feel old and useless. He solves both conflicts by chopping the logs with his axe, proving to himself and everyone else that he is not worthless and still has both inner and physical strength.
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