What is the primary conflict in "An Ounce of Cure"? Why?

The primary conflict in “An Ounce of Cure” is that between the unnamed narrator and herself. Unable to deal with the emotional pain of a breakup, she tries to kill herself and starts hitting the bottle. This is the primary conflict of the story because it drives the most important action.

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The main conflict in “An Ounce of Cure” is an internal one, a conflict between the unnamed narrator and herself. This conflict is the main driver of the action and forms the basis of much of what happens.

After a brief relationship, the narrator, a teenage girl, breaks up with her boyfriend. It's a very painful separation for her, so much so that it quickly becomes clear that she's not able to handle it. As a direct consequence of her immaturity and emotional fragility, the girl tries to commit suicide. When that doesn't work, she starts hitting the bottle, hoping that alcohol will somehow drown her sorrows.

It is then that the narrator is forced to deal with an external conflict: that between herself and the people of the town. Having gained the unwanted reputation of an alcoholic ex-babysitter, the narrator somehow has to live down what happened.

As it turns out, this is actually a lot easier than she thought. Although her phone stops ringing for a time, everyone eventually forgets...

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