Is the conflict in The Wednesday Wars internal or external?

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The conflict in the story Wednesday Wars is at first seen as external: human versus human: Holling deals with being Presbyterian in a Jewish school, he is forced to stay after school and learn Shakespeare with his teacher, Mrs. Baker, his peers ridicule him for wearing the ridiculous costume with tights, and his father is a strict, unforgiving man; however, in the end, many readers will believe that the conflict is internal: human versus himself: Holling is really facing what all of us must face, growing up. This is truly a story of coming of age, which is an internal conflict, moved forward by external forces.

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