All Conflict in Literature Is, in Its Simplest Form, a Struggle Between Good and Evil

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“All conflict in literature is, in its simplest form, a struggle between good and evil.”

This statement means that all the themes and struggles in literature, when broken down to

their most simplest forms, are a conflict between good and evil. Usually in conflicts, there

are two sides that fight over one thing. One side is considered good, while the other side

is considered bad. The people that are good do it for the right thing while the people that

are bad do it for the wrong reasons. This is considered to be in every conflict when

carefully analyzed.

This statement is not valid because a conflict does not have to be about good and

evil. A conflict can be internal, where a struggle takes place in the character’s mind.

Something can happen to a character that emotional scars him or her, or cause mental

instability. Also, there can be a conflict between two sides but it does not mean either one

is good or evil. For example, two sides are fighting each other to gain territory from the

other. Neither is good or bad because they fight for the same reason, defeating the other to

take what they have.

One example of a book that proves this is The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger.

In this book, the main character Holden Caulfield is faced with several conflicts. Some of

these conflicts include conflicts with himself and conflicts with society. Holden has a

hard time dealing with everyday life and secludes himself from the outside world. He

believes everyone around him is phony but in actuality, Holden is the biggest phony.

Most of this is caused from the death of his brother which made him mentally instable.

The conflict in this story is not about good and evil, but the fact that the main character is

unable to deal with others because of the way he views things.

Another book that proves this is The Iliad, by Homer. There is no good or bad in

this story, because each of the...
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