What is the conflict in Bud, Not Buddy?

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As in almost every story about an orphan trying to survive during the Great Depression, the conflict in Bud, Not Buddy is one of the orphan vs. society (or the main character of Bud vs. society).  This conflict is apparent from the very beginning of the novel.  First, Bud deals with the negative atmosphere of the orphanage.  After Bud is put into a foster home, Bud deals with the abuse from the Amos family.  After escaping from the Amos family, Bud sets off onto an adventure to find out more about his original parents.  Bud visits a Hooverville and even tries to steal a car.  Although there are characters who help Bud (such as the librarian and the chauffeur, Mr. Lefty Lewis), the world seems to be set against Bud until he finds his grandfather, Herman E. Calloway, and the band.  Although Calloway puts up a bit of a fight in regards to accepting Bud, the band generally gathers around Bud and makes Bud feel like he truly belongs.  This can be considered the resolution to the conflict.  Bud’s crowning glory arrives when he is given a recorder and then a saxophone.  As an accepted member of the band, Bud is no longer alone in the world.

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