the two short storys are attached
The Things They Carried.docx
Hills Like White Elephants.docx
Journal Two: Identifying Conflict in Two Texts
Read About Journals in ENG125: Introduction to Literature for more information about the purpose and expectations for journals.
This week, you continue writing your journal entries. This journal entry
is designed to help you document ideas about conflicts in literature,
which will contribute to the information required for the Week Three
Draft and the Week Five Literary Analysis. Recognizing conflict is
essential to understanding the various commentaries literature can
In Journal One, you identified conflict as it might appear in our
everyday world and from other sources. Now, consider the following
definition of conflict and how it relates to literature from the
textbook or the story/poetry links provided under the requirements for
the Literary Analysis:
Conflict is opposing actions, ideas, and decisions that hold a plot together...the struggle that shapes the plot in a story.
Chapters 1-7 of our text contain a number of stories and poems, each of which rely on at least one conflict. Choose two of this week’s assigned literary works and write about the conflicts presented in each of them. In 250 to 500 words
- State the specific conflicts you see in each work.
- Describe the characters, forces, and/or entities that are at odds.
- Explain why you think the conflicts are significant and what meanings/understandings they provide to the texts.
- Paraphrase, quote, and/or summarize content from
the works to support your observations. Don’t forget to add in-text
citations for the works you draw from.
- Explain how each conflict has meaning beyond the
work in which it appears. Why is it important to be able to recognize
conflict in a literary text and extend that understanding of conflict to
the world at large?
- From the stories you are reading, how much do
similar elements of symbolism, metaphor, allusion, and/or allegory apply
and add depth to an idea raised in the literature?
- For instance, in George Orwell’s novel Animal
Farm, the pigs and farmers can be seen as symbolic of workers versus
managers to make points about class struggles, calling into question the
idea of equality in society.
- In another example, in the “Story of an
Hour,” the main character expresses personal conflict in her process of
coming to terms with her husband’s supposed death. But this moment
symbolizes more than just her personal grief. What does it suggest about
societal expectations regarding women and how they should respond to
grief? How might those expectations of grief still apply to women’s
roles? How does the symbolism show a conflict between Mrs. Mallard and
her own desires? Are these “women’s desires” in conflict with current
As you are writing this journal entry, please review the
expectations for the Week Five Literary Analysis, which you are working
toward throughout the course.
When submitting your journal entry, make sure to
- Proofread your work for errors in grammar, mechanics, and style.
- Format the journal entry according to APA style
as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. Refer to the Ashford Writing
Center’s Sample APA Title Page for guidelines on formatting a title page in APA style.
- Provide (to the best of your ability) a reference
for the text you used, including in-text citations and references
listed at the end of the journal entry. Refer to the Ashford Writing
Center’s Comprehensive APA Reference List Models and Citation and Reference Guide for guidelines on in text citations in APA style.
- Provide a reference for the text you used. Refer to the Ashford Writing Center’s Citation and Reference Guide for guidelines on citing sources in APA style.
- Perform a word count check to make sure the journal entry is 250 to 500 words in length.