The story's tension was introduced when the affluent guy filed a lawsuit against the impoverished family. The affluent guy allegedly accused the impoverished family of taking his cash and culinary spirit. The charge was ludicrous, but the destitute family, including the father, appeared in court. This is a conflict that needs to be resolved in some way for the story to continue.
Conflicts are what drive stories forward. Without a conflict to resolve, a story would simply stagnate. For example, if I were to write about a nice family who lived in a house by a lake, you would have no reason to read on because there is nothing for them to struggle against or strive for. However, if I changed the family into a family who had money but no lake, you would now have a conflict: They can't afford a house by the lake, so they need to find a way to get one.
You may wonder why identifying conflicts is important. It is important because stories are told to convey a message or make a point. If there is no conflict, then what is the message or point being conveyed? Would you want your reader to take away only good feelings? That isn't very effective storytelling! Effective storytelling will always include both happy and sad scenes so that readers can derive their own conclusions about the topic at hand.
In conclusion, the importance of identifying conflicts cannot be overstated.
The rich man's attorney questioned the impoverished father about taking the rich man's riches and food. The father answered all of the questions and requested permission to interrogate the rich man's children. The children entered the room timidly, looking thin and pale, and were questioned by the impoverished father. Finally, he asked the rich man's son how it felt to have so much money that you could ask questions like this. The son replied, "It makes me feel important." With these words, the son was given back his pride.
Now it is your turn. Answer the following questions with real life examples from history or literature.
The attorney asks his first question: "My lord, what is the purpose of law courts?" The judge replies that law courts are for two purposes: First, they give justice to those who have no one else to speak for them. Second, they teach people how to live their lives properly. "Do you understand these reasons?" asks the attorney. "I do," answers the peasant.
Here we have two types of questions: One type asks for understanding (not sure if this is correct term) and another type asks for knowledge (do not know if this is correct term).
As vividly illustrated in the fable in which they are charged with stealing the spirit of the rich man's possessions and food, there is a considerable 'oppression' of sorts of the poor by the affluent. For want of a better word, the manner in which they were oppressed was RIDICULOUS.
The story tells us that the poor men were forced to carry heavy loads for long distances and were even threatened with death if they refused. This is represented in the fable by having them carry the spirit of the dead man on their backs all the way home!
Their treatment at the hands of the judges is also shocking. They were not only thrown into prison but were then tortured by having hot irons placed onto their bodies and bones broken with hammers... just to make sure they were telling the truth!
Finally, they were exiled from their country. This is shown in the fable by having the poor men driven out of their homeland with their tails between their legs!
In conclusion, the poor were treated as less than human beings because they were not only poor but also powerless. The only way they could be freed from this oppression was by using their own means available to them which in this case consisted of complaining to the king. When he found out about his servants' plight, he immediately set them free!
The fundamental conflict in Flannery O'Connor's novel "A Good Man is Hard to Find" is an exterior struggle between the grandmother and a society that she severely condemns. Another approach to look at conflict is via the lens of story development. Here, the conflict exists primarily within the mind of each character and only becomes evident after considerable narrative groundwork has been laid.
In the beginning of the novel, we are introduced to Mrs. MacNeil, who lives with her granddaughter in a cabin in rural Georgia. The two are not close - in fact, they do not speak. However, it is clear that they need one another because neither one has any other family members around. This situation creates a void in their lives that needs to be filled somehow, so both women turn to the outside world for help. While searching for a job, Mrs. MacNeill meets Mr. Lee, a local farmer who is looking for someone to work for him. Impressed by his offer, she accepts it immediately without thinking about the consequences. This decision will change both of their lives forever.
Meanwhile, Fran (the granddaughter) is struggling between her desire to get away from home and her fear of being alone. She decides to go to Atlanta to find a job and escape her oppressive life. Upon arriving in the city, however, she realizes that this was a bad idea since there are no jobs available and no one to turn to for help.