Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket Questions and Answers
by Jack Finney

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In "Contents of the Dead Man's Pocket," if Finney chose to focus only on the external conflict, and had not included internal conflict, how would the story be affected?  

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Your question is asking for a bit of speculation on the reader’s part. If the internal conflict is removed from Jack Finney’s short story “Contents of the Dead Man’s Pocket” it becomes a man versus elements story. Finney’s purpose with his original story is to demonstrate how Tom’s need for recognition and wealth interfere with his understanding of the importance of his relationship with his wife, and an appreciation for what they already have.

If Tom were not dealing with his inner conflict, he...

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