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What main short story element is the driving force behind the plot in "A &...

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What main short story element is the driving force behind the plot in "A & P"?

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The main element that structures and motivates the action is conflict (both internal and external).  Sammy has internal conflicts due to struggling with his reaction(s) to the young girls in the store, etc., and he has external conflicts with his job/boss. 

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