Main Conflict In Bearing Up

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Bearing Up Yuseung Ohn 1. In my opinion, the main conflict in "Bearing Up" was internal. The protagonist, Mike, was involved in a man vs. self conflict, as the force of his dreams and nightmares were always subconsciously in his mind. Another minor conflict in the short story was when his father had been lost at sea during his rescue mission. This was not as major as Mike's dream conflict, but he had been even more troubled after finding out about his father's absesnce. 2. In the beginning of the story, the main character, Mike, has a dream about being chased by a bear. He had been very paranoid and scared, and even had counselling from Mrs.Skinner at school. Later on, Mike found out that his father had been lost at sea during a mission to rescue a nearby skiff. Mike was terribly worried, so he decided to take a deep breather outside until he met his greatest fear. A bear had been at his footsteps and he was petrified. However, after easing his stability, all Mike could sense was the reality of the bear. He learned to be brave and courageous and did not run away from the bear. The writer shows us that whenever we are in trouble, such as facing a bear one-on-one, we must be very brave and…show more content…
A minor character in this story was the school counsellor. She did not have the biggest role, but a function she performed in the story was giving little advice to Mike. She told him to stop running away from the fear in the dream as it was probably another part of himself. However, the conversation does not last very long and is briefly interrupted. Another minor character was Mike's father. He was only mentioned a few times, and he had worked at a Search and Rescue station who specialized in air force rescue. Mike got very emotional at any mention of his father. For example, when Mike found out about his father's absence, he could not take the pain and had to go outside for a breather. Even though the minor characters do not have many lines, they have a few vital

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