Across Five Aprils

by Irene Hunt

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What are the internal and external conflicts in "Across Five Aprils"?

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Because Hunt tries to write fairly about the Civil War in this novel, there are a great many internal conflicts.  One which really struck me was the internal conflict for Bill.  Jethro's brother Bill is his favorite and although the Creightons live in Illinois, a Union State, Bill decides he has to go fight for the south.  This causes internal conflict for Jethro.  Also, the struggle to go from an innocent boy to a man also causes Jethro a lot of internal conflict.  His father has a heart attack and he needs to grow up faster than expected.  All of his siblings are either dead, or off fighting.  The most glaring external conflict is the Civil War and the problems it created for the country, the state, the community and the family.

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