What is the conflict in the story?

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The primary conflict in Anton Chekhov ’s story is internal, as Iona Potapov is steeped in misery. Close to despair, he wonders how he will cope with his ill health and his grief over his son’s death. He also is torn about continuing in his job as a driver and...

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The primary conflict in Anton Chekhov’s story is internal, as Iona Potapov is steeped in misery. Close to despair, he wonders how he will cope with his ill health and his grief over his son’s death. He also is torn about continuing in his job as a driver and coping with city life, both of which he and his beloved horse seem ill suited. Along with these interior struggles, Potapov comes into conflict with his fares. While this is very minor in the case of the colonel, it becomes more serious with the impatient young party-goers. They all want instant service although they have different demands, and they behave abusively toward him and his horse. In broader terms, Potapov’s unique case also represents larger class conflicts between peasants and working class on one side, and the middle and upper classes on the other.

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One primary conflict in Stephen King's novel, Misery, arises when Annie Wilks discovers the ending to the new Paul Sheldon novel. Annie is Sheldon's "Number One Fan," and her whole life revolves around his recurring star character, Misery Chastain. But when Paul decides to kill off Misery, his top fan goes ballistic. The ending must be changed, and Misery must live. She keeps the injured writer captive until a suitable new ending is concluded. Sheldon realizes the seriousness of the situation, and he must cut through the writer's block that plagues him in order to come up with a satisfactory new tale.

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