Conflict in Literature

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Conflict in Literature "All conflict in literature is, in its simplest form, a struggle between good and evil". Literature as a whole has played a huge part in the history and development of our societies. It represents the battles of society and important issues of the time it was written in and gives us insight into many different aspects of human history. But what pulls a reader in, what makes literature so appealing? The conflict. From battles of love, to fighting for what you believe in, in every good story conflict is there. Whilst these conflicts may not always seem to be between sides that are obviously good and evil, once broken it is clear that all conflicts are based around these two sides. Not all conflicts seem to arise between sides that are simply good or evil, but if we break it down we can see that one side always posses more negative qualities than the other – therefore in the context of literature can be considered as ‘evil’. ‘The Tenth Circle’ – written by Jodi Picoult shows several examples of the different types of conflict, which often occur in literature. ‘The Tenth Circle’ tells the story of teenage girl, Trixie, who is supposedly raped by her ex-boyfriend Jason at a party. Throughout the book many inconsistencies in her stories arise until finally it is discovered that she had consumed drugs at the time and Jason had not been fully aware of her mindset. Trixie’s parents do not view the situation as a ‘simple misunderstanding’ and still hold Jason responsible for Trixie’s traumatic experience. Trixie’s mum, Laura, is filled with pure hatred for Jason and is found to murder him towards the end of the book. After discovering her parents severe actions, Trixie feels guilt and attempts to escape the situation by suddenly moving to Alaska. Trixie emotions and guilt create a battle within her when it comes to admitting that she had not been

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