what is the main conflict in the story and how does it affect the outcome of the plot? what elements of the story are creating the conflict?

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There are many different types of conflict, a struggle between two opposing forces, in literature. In Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen, the major conflict is between man and nature, as Brian struggles to survive, alone in the wilderness. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is full of conflict, both internal and external. Scout struggling to do the right thing exemplifies man versus himself, a type of conflict occurring within your own mind. Man versus man is probably the most typical type of conflict and the easiest to identify within novels. There is also man versus society and an example would be The Breadwinner by  Deborah Ellis, where a young girl an d her family struggle with the Taliban's governing in Afghanistan. Conflict creates the tension, or problem within the story.

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