In The Shakespeare Stealer, what inner conflict is Widge faced with and as a result how does he grow as a person?

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The inner conflict that Widge expressed is best identified through the way in which he finally begins to find a home among the company, a place where he is valued and loved, and a skill that he is good at, whilst all the time he is meant to be planning a robbery that would devastate his new friends. Note how Widge expresses this inner conflict:

For the second time that day, I had been made to feel that I was among people who cared about me and my welfare. My guilt at the thought of betraying him [Mr. Heminges] and the rest of the company came back, stronger than ever.

Widge is forced more and more to weigh up his precarious position. On the one hand, he faces Falconer and the violence that he represents if he does not steal the copy of the play. On the other hand, Widge has finally found something that he has never experienced: a home with friends that love him. Widge is therefore forced to mature through the way in which he has to make a choice between these two extremes, and his choice to defy Falconer and reveal all to the players reveals how he has matured as a character.

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