Conflict Essay

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English 110 In diversities of stories such as short stories, long stories novels, etc. We come across characters known as protagonist and antagonist. Protagonist or (hero) is the central character who engages our interest empathy usually the “good guy”. The story mainly focuses on this character’s experiences. In contrast the antagonist is the force that opposes the protagonist. The antagonist is usually portrayed as the “bad” guy, or the person that goes against the protagonist or him/her is trying to do. Both these characters undergo and may overcome both internal and external conflicts. These type of characters can be found in short stories such as: “The Story of an Hour”, “The Flower” and A Rose for Emily”. In The Story of an Hour there is one major character Louise Mallard three others surrounding her as the protagonist. Louise Mallard an intelligent, independent woman, she understands the “right” way for women to behave, but her internal thoughts and feelings are anything but correct. When her sister announces that Brently Louise husband has died, she cries dramatically rather than feeling numb, as she knows many other women would. Her violent reaction immediately shows that she is an emotional, demonstrative woman. She knows that she should grieve for Brently and fear for her own future, but instead she feels elation at her newfound independence. Louise is not cruel and knows that she’ll cry over Brently’s dead body when the time comes. But when she is out of others’ sight, her private thoughts are of her own life and the opportunities that await her, which she feels have just brightened considerably. Louise suffers from a heart problem, which indicates the extent to which she feels that marriage has oppressed her. The vague label Chopin gives to Louise’s problem “heart trouble” suggests that this trouble is both physical and

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