The Invalid's Story Questions and Answers
by Mark Twain

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What are the conflicts in the story?

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Conflict in literature typically refers to a struggle experienced by the main character. In “The Invalid’s Story” by Mark Twain, the surface-level conflict is man vs. self. The narrator in Twain’s tale is struggling with his feelings regarding the death of his friend. He describes his mood as the train leaves the station by stating the following: “a cheerless misery stole over me, my heart went down, down, down.” When he begins to detect the horrible smell, he is depressed and saddened by the thought of his friend’s corpse. Twain further demonstrates the protagonist ’s sadness with the line, “there was...

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