Explain and analyze the forms of conflictExplain and analyze the forms of conflict in Silent Spring by Rachel Carlson, Walden by Henry David Thoreau, and Sand County Almanac with Essays on...

Explain and analyze the forms of conflict

Explain and analyze the forms of conflict in Silent Spring by Rachel Carlson, Walden by Henry David Thoreau, and Sand County Almanac with Essays on Conversation from Round River by Aldo Leopold. Please consider internal and external conflicts,( i.e man and nature, man and others, or man and self).

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would say that one could create situations where there are many examples of the different types of conflict in each work.  I think that being able to go back to each and identify where specific examples of conflicts exist is not going to be extremely arduous.  For example, in Carson's work, where are the conflicts in existence?  Certainly, between the farmers that use pesticides and the natural condition of the ecosystem that is being ruined would be one such example.  Perhaps, another would be between the government and Carson, herself, who believes that government action is needed to rectify such a challenge.  In Thoreau, what does he believe about the individual and their society?  Does he not see a conflict here and how it should be resolved is the very essence of the lauding of the individual he praises in his writing?  In Leopold, a conflict can be present between how individuals view themselves and how their view their natural surroundings in terms of their treatment.  I am also inclined to see that Leopold himself endured a conflict in being told to follow particular practices and then rejecting them for a greater understanding of conservation techniques and analyses.  In the end, each particular work has their own examples of the different types of conflict and it will be up to the student to select which examples stick out in their own mind as very prominent.