What are ten conflicts in the novel?

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In building a list of ten conflicts in Avi's The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, it might be beneficial to you to think about the different kinds of conflict that exist in this story.

One easy option is to focus on instances of conflict between two characters. Throughout...

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In building a list of ten conflicts in Avi's The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, it might be beneficial to you to think about the different kinds of conflict that exist in this story.

One easy option is to focus on instances of conflict between two characters. Throughout the narrative, Charlotte experiences a number of conflicts with other people on and off the ship. Some are small—like disagreeing about whether she should be on the ship in the first place—and some are major, like getting thrown in the ship's prison after a murder accusation.

The other characters, too, experience a great deal of conflict among themselves. The dynamic between the captain and the crew is a good place to start if you'd like to include some of these in your list. It's conflict and tension among the onboard hierarchy that leads to the crew's plans to mutiny in the first place, which is what drives this story forward and creates the unexpected circumstances of Charlotte's journey.

It's also worth examining the conflicts Charlotte has with her physical environment. She's no longer living the comfortable, if restricted, life of the young 1830s-era Western woman. She's having to contend with the world around her in a different way—learning to walk comfortably onboard a ship, learning to eat what sailors eat, learning to access her own strength to climb masts and rigging.

Finally, because this is a story about someone navigating experiences so far outside her comfort zone, Charlotte is also in constant conflict with herself. Take note of the instances in the story where she expresses fear, doubt, or reservation about what she's doing. These, too, are conflicts—they're just a little more nuanced.

Good luck!

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