The Egypt Game Questions and Answers
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In The Egypt Game, what is the main conflict?  

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Arguably, the main conflict in this novel concerns the principal character, April, and her struggle to accept the fact that her mother has left her with her grandmother and that she is not going to be living with her anymore. She really struggles to form relationships with those around her, and at the beginning tells various lies to them and acts in a ridiculous way. However, the conflict of this novel is her own internal conflict to accept the fact that she is not going to be rescued by her mother and that she can be herself and learn to love and be loved by those around her. The resolution of this conflict is indicated when she finally receives an invitation from her mother at the end of the novel to go to Palm Springs and spend some time with her. April's response makes it clear that she has come to love her Grandma and her new friends in the Egypt Club and that she is happy with herself and her lot in life:

But Grandma and I have our plans all made for Christmas Eve and I have a date to spend part of Christmas Day with my friend, Melanie. So I guess I can't make it this time.

This story therefore tells the gradual, moving story of one girl's journey to accept both herself and her position in life. This is the central conflict that dominates the narrative. Finally, at the end of the story, she has found a place to belong and her own identity that involves acceptance of who she is rather than who she feels she needs to be in order to be loved and to be accepted.

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