What is the most important conflict in the book The Battle of Jericho?

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The most important conflict in The Battle of Jericho is the internal conflict Jericho faces over whether or not to join the club, and then whether or not to stay in it. 

A conflict is a struggle between opposing forces.  An internal conflict is a struggle a character has with his or her self, usually involving a decision or a fear.

This story describes the secret world of pledging, and the dark secrets therein.  Jericho wants to join the exclusive club The Warriors of Distinction, which seems to do good deeds.  However, he faces an internal conflict over wondering if all of the secrecy is really hiding dark intentions. 

Jericho feels uneasy about the secrecy surrounding the secret meeting after the toy drive, and asks his father and uncle for details.  The answer does not make him feel more comfortable.  Instead, his internal conflict is only intensified.

“A Warrior of Distinction never breaks the code of silence…. Just do your best as you work the toy drive and everything will be revealed as it should.” (p. 24)

When asked if anyone with a disability, such as in a wheelchair, was a Warrior of Distinction, Uncle Boyd replies that he does not think so.  This again makes Jericho fret.  He is beginning to wonder whether this is the group for him.

As the book continues, and Jericho and the others see how Dana and other pledges are treated, it continues to make them nervous.  The internal conflict intensifies.  Jericho becomes more and more anxious about being a member of this supposedly distinguished group.  He knows it is supposed to be an honor, but he does not feel honorable.  Is it something he is supposed to want?  Is it something his father and uncle would want for him?  He does not know if it is something he wants for himself.

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