Edgar Allan Poe Conflict Analysis

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Poe and Green: Conflict Development

Have you ever used conflict in your own life to make yourself grow as a person, or develop yourself in order to right your wrongs? Edgar Allan Poe and John Green mirror each other in the way they develop their own characters for each story, by revealing their characters through suspense and ever-growing conflict. Shown in “Hop-Frog”, a story about two protagonists being held “captive” by a tyrannical king. The king uses Hop-Frog (one of the protagonists) as a jester in his court because he has trouble walking and he must be kind of funny. Another story named “The Tell Tale Heart” is about an old man’s caretaker which is also the narrator. The narrator seems to be fearful and enraged when it comes to the
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This type of conflict, is primarily represented in “A Tell Tale Heart”. As the narrator pleads his sanity and over-acuteness of his senses, he seems to have a battle in his own brain constantly lying to himself, with the purpose of faking himself out to try and avoid the inevitable. PvS has a good chance of revealing a character’s inner strength or their own insecurity. PvS conflicts can also shine light on the strength of someone’s will or how they feel about themselves overall. The third most common and important type of conflict, is PvN (person vs nature), which is when a character (most likely the protagonist) has trouble with forces outside of their control. One example of this is basically the whole premise of “Masque of the Red Death” another short story by Poe about a small town/small city where a massive plague known as the Red Death which eventually hits the town, killing all its inhabitants. “Masque of the Red Death” is a clear representation of PvN since the townspeople and Prince Prospero (pretty much the main character) have to face this threat head-on with no real control over the situation. At the same time, Green’s The Fault in our Stars is primarily PvN due to the overhanging conflict and moral of having a good life and finding love, even if the main characters, Hazel and Gus, have been afflicted by cancer. To summarize, Poe and Green use a lot of deeper meaning through…show more content…
Both Edgar Allan Poe and John Green are able to do this remarkably. As a way to connect the reader with the story, both authors provide different types of conflict in their stories, using them like keys, opening certain locks specific to a character’s personality that can only be shown by the specific conflicts. PvS can show a character’s more inside feelings about themselves, rather than their attitude and behaviors towards others. Another aspect Poe and Green have in common, is their use of deeper meaning behind characters. This not only paints a clear picture in the reader’s head, but can also help the reader be more sympathetic with the character, and use that kind of development, question, and philosophy in their own writing, or even their own life. Learn from these authors To conclude these thoughts, both Edgar Allan Poe and John Green, two experienced writers, are able to use different types of conflict to develop their characters in a realistic
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