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How External Conflicts Impact Internal Conflicts

763 words - 4 pages

The perception of thought and observation of the stories contains external conflicts that will enforce feelings for the internal conflict. In Long Walk to Freedom, Nelson Mandela’s life changes drastically with his father’s lost title, which leads to a new, positive environment for Mandela. The protagonist, Mandela, and his father were both in a high status but are now living in Qunu as regular people of the village. Mandela creates new toys for himself and plays with village boys. Although his bonds with his father are not very powerful, Mandela enjoys his new life. On the other hand, in “The Death Of A Tree”, Teale demonstrates the imagery of a dying tree and the importance of what it means to one family. The stories “The Death of A Tree and “A Long Walk To Freedom” have internal conflicts which demonstrates Mandela’ feelings towards his father, on the other hand the external which is the relationship between the death of the tree and the family loss.
Mandela struggles to create a close bond with his father creating an internal conflict. As he is placed in an new environment he observes and admires the beauty of nature. While time spent in the village, the more warmth and attachment is placed in Mandela’s growing heart. Conversely, Mandela’s relationship with his father is further apart. He spends less time at home since “Boy’s are considered sissys” The questioning in Mandela’s heart grows and turns into detachment. He never actually loved his father. We can see as readers that Mandela’s father is too stubborn to want a relationship with his son. Mandela’s father was able to bring rebellious, headstrong traits that are passed down to Mandela. “I do not remember experiencing great grief so much as feeling cut adrift.” says Mandela. This illustrates His disconnection with his father and how his father was only a representation of his image. He was able to achieve this happiness because of his father’s loss of power. After Mandela’s father had died that he barely grieved than the amount of his beloved Qunu.
As time progresses the tree is being physically attacked by nature...

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