What was the main problem in The Tale of Despereaux and what things made the problem difficult to solve?
Was the main problem that Despereaux was sickly and he wanted to be a hero.
Was the main problem that Despereaux needed to save the princess.
I would say the main problem was that of being different from the other mice in appearance and in interests. His difference makes others pick on him and deem him unworthy to be a mouse. In his reading habits, he dreams of rescuing a princess just like the hero did in the book he read. He was made to feel unworthy and needed to feel like something important in someone's eyes. His sickliness began the story, so it would be the conflict, or main problem. From there, complications such as his reading habits lead to his dream of the princess's rescue. Of course, as he faces many issues and solves them with or without help, his self-image grows along with his confidence.