Conflict In The Open Window

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People face problems every day, and the problems people face can be big or small, important or silly. Conflict is incorporated into everyone’s lives, and sometimes we can find a solution. Conflict can be caused by yourself or someone else. In the story, “The Open Window” by H. H. Munro, the visitor gets told a scary story and has a conflict when the story comes true, which causes him to run away, as he had an internal conflict : his fears. In the “Gift of Magi”, the conflict is that Della doesn’t have enough money to buy Jim a present, and her hair is her only prized possession. They can be compared because they both have a reason for the development of conflict, which contributes to the development of the story. They can be contrasted because…show more content…
In the Open Window and The Gift of the Magi, the conflict develops the story in a similar way, because there is an antagonist that creates the conflict. In the Open Window, Vera tells Framton a frightening story about the death of some of her family, and when Framton sees the family return, he flees. Then, it is revealed that Vera made up the story. In this story, you can see that Vera made up the story and added to Framton’s nervous anxiety, which is the conflict. In the Gift of the Magi, Della does not have enough money to buy Jim a present. In this story, the antagonist (which does not need to be an entity, but an obstacle) is that Della is very poor and couldn’t save more than $1.87 for Jim. In the Open Window, Vera says, ““Out through that window, three years ago to a day, her husband and her two young brothers went off for their day's shooting. They never came back. In crossing the moor to their favorite snipe-shooting ground they were all three engulfed in a treacherous piece of bog. It had been that dreadful wet summer, you know, and places that were safe in other years gave way suddenly…show more content…
After Vera tells Framton the story and pretends to seem shocked, Framton runs away quickly, due to the conflict. In the Gift of the Magi, the conflict makes Della feel sad that she couldn’t buy her husband, Jim, a present. In the Open Window, the author states, “Framton grabbed wildly at his stick and hat; the hall door, the gravel drive, and the front gate were dimly noted stages in his headlong retreat. A cyclist coming along the road had to run into the hedge to avoid imminent collision.” This quote is stating that Framton was so afraid of the missing brothers and husband “coming back”, that he ran out of the house and sped off, so fast that he almost crashed into a cyclist. This quote proves that Framton ran away due to his nervous anxiety, and the conflict develops the story with the main character running away, due to the conflict. In the Gift of the Magi, the author quotes, “Della finished her cry and attended to her cheeks with the powder rag.” This quote is explaining that Della was crying and was sad because she couldn’t buy her beloved husband a Christmas present. This quote proves that because Della can’t buy Jim a present, which is the conflict, she reacts with sadness. The conflict develops this story
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