Conflict & resolution


Conflict with nature, society, and the world at large

We've talked about conflict that is based on some kind of sustained relationship with an individual or group.

But another source of conflict is the surrounding environment.

  • For example, in Gary Paulson's Hatchet, a teenager is stranded in the Canadian wilderness with no idea how to survive.
  • There's no specific opposing character; the conflict is between the teenager and the wilderness as a whole.
  • However, the conflict with the wilderness manifests in a variety of confrontations, including with wolves, skunks, and a tornado.
Example: Shark as nemesis vs sharks as environmental force
Not only nature

Let's read and write about a couple of types of environmental conflict.

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