Water For Elephants Conflict Analysis

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In the novel by Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants, the major characters all face conflicts. For example, Uncle Al wrestles with the idea that his two-bit circus can make it as good as Ringlings', August struggles with his deep need for control, Marlena' conflict lies with her marriage to August and his disease, and Jacob's conflict is with August and his growing feelings for Marlena. But when the tent goes up and the audience fills the arena, the focus changes to there performances. Here's the only place where all charcters come together -- for the sake of the circus. Then there's Rosie the elepphant and the conflict she brings. We don't know it yet when we read the Prologue, but Rosies' the one who kills August. So right then and there

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