What are the conflicts in the story?

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

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...

(The entire section contains 2 answers and 328 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team