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What are three kinds of conflict in "Rules of the Game"?

Three kinds of conflict in "Rules of the Game" are the conflict between Waverly and her mother, Lindo, the conflict between first-generation immigrants and their children, and the conflict between Waverly's enjoyment of chess and the demands placed upon her to win by Lindo.

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The first type of conflict that I would mention is the conflict of the gender rules that Waverly's mother, Lindo, advocates. As children, Waverly's brothers are free to do whatever they like and pursue their interests, such as chess. Waverly, on the other hand, is a girl and is therefore required to do chores around the house.

Another type of conflict that young Waverly encounters is power struggles with her mother. These can be well summed up in the salted plums incident. Her mother's way of disciplining her is to deny her the salted plums that she so badly wants, purely because she was begging for them and didn't want to take no for an answer. She then realized what was expected of her if she wanted plums, and her silence gets rewarded with plums. This type of covert conflict is one example of the many power struggles that exist between mother and daughter in this family.

The final type of conflict that I will mention is the one that arises as a result of Waverly's phenomenal success...

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