Ok. I was gonna whack you. But I was really conflicted about it. ~Paul Vitti, Analyze This

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"Conflicts bring out extremes of human energy, causing characters to engage in the decisions, actions, responses, and interactions that make up fictional literature."        Roberts, Pg. 93

In every story we read, we find that there is some form of conflict.  It can be extremely dramatic, or some form of simple conflict such as something from a children's story.  For example, a book my Mom and Dad used to read to me all the time was Stan and Jan Berenstain's The Berenstain Bears' B Book.  Even in this story we find conflict when poor little baby bird's balloon is broken.

Without conflict in these stories, we don't have very much to entertain us or hold our interest to that story.  With that in mind, if an author fails to involve conflict, he/she potentially could have accomplished more than they did with out the conflict.

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Melissa Schwenk said:

I love the Berenstein Bears!! And you're right. There is definitely need for conflict otherwise why are we reading this story if nothing even happens in it? Where's the change in the character? Why should we care? Good job.

Jessie Krehlik said:

Good point. There are so many elements in a story that need to work together in order to make a story successful, but you're right, Conflict is a biggie. Without the conflict, there's no goal to a story. Dynamic characters are way more interesting than static ones. And how easliy do we lose interest when we're just reading pages and pages of description with no plot or conflict in sight? And then BAM! the conflict arises, and suddenly, we're sucked back into the boring story with new outlooks. It's pretty cool when you think about it...

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