Arguably the biggest conflict in the story is between the Ingalls family and nature. Specifically, Laura and her folks constantly have to pit their wits against dangerous wild animals such as panthers, wolves, and bears. It's a struggle to make a decent life for yourself in this neck of the woods at the best of times, but with all those wild animals around, it's doubly difficult.
Even those creatures of the forest that really aren't scary, seem scary. Pa thinks that that hooting owl he hears is actually some kind of monster; he also mistakes a tree stump for a bear. Outer conflict between the Ingalls family and nature in turn generates inner conflict between themselves and their deepest fears. If they're to lead a happy home life among the big woods of Wisconsin, Laura and her family need to resolve both of those conflicts.
In this first book in the Little House series, the Wilders live in the "big woods" of Wisconsin in a small log cabin. The area...
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