Psychological Conflicts in Literature(1)

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Psychological Conflicts in Literature(1)


We all experience psychological conflicts, knowingly or unknowingly. They involve
psychological conflicts among our thoughts, emotions, and rational thinking. It may be the
most dangerous conflict of all due to the battleground in which it take place in -- our
mind.


There are many examples of psychological conflicts in the stories we have read. In
"Leiningen Versus the Ants" by Carl Stephenson, Leiningen battled not only on his South
American plantation, but in his mind. He struggled with the issue of running away and
letting the ants take over his plantation. He wasn't a quitter and enjoys the mental
aspects of things. But when the ants and the reality of death came, he had to resolve the
conflict whether to stay or flee. This was especially true when he ran to the dam wheel.
He could of fled then or died, but he chose to try to save the plantation and workers. He
was faced with the conflict living or, perhaps the greatest psychological conflict, which
he resolved when he chose to run to the wheel.


In "The Contents of the Dead Man's Pockets" by Jack Finney, Tom also faced a psychological
conflict. The story was mainly focused on his physical conflict, but near the end he
experienced psychological conflict. As with Leiningen, Tom faced the choice to die or to
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