Journal Two: Identifying Conflict in Two Texts



List of Literary Works


For your Literary Analysis, select at least two works from the list below that share the same type(s) of conflict(s). Remember, one of them must be a short story. You can either compare two short stories, a short story and a poem, or a short story and a play.


Short Stories


o “Country Lovers” (Gordimer, 1975)


o “Hills Like White Elephants” ( Hemingway, 1927)


o “Good Country People” (O’Connor, 1953)


o “The Things They Carried” (O’Brien, 1990)


o “No Name Woman” (Kingston, 1975)


o “Sonny’s Blues” ( Baldwin, 1957)


o “Sweat” (Hurston, 1926)


o “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” (Oates, 1966)


o “A Rock Trying to Be a Stone” (Troncoso, 1997)


o “Greasy Lake” (Boyle, 1985)


o “What You Pawn, I Will Redeem” (Alexie, 2003)




o “Let America Be America Again” (Hughes, 1935)


o “What It’s Like to Be a Black Girl” (Smith, 1991)


o “Child of the Americas” (Morales, 1986)


o “To Live in the Borderlands” (Anzaldua, 1987)


o “A Point West of San Bernardino” (Delgado, 2013)


o “America” (Blanco, 1998)


o “Oranges” (Soto, 1995)


o “Poetry” (Neruda, 1982)


o “Burial” (Che, 2014)


o “Ways of Talking” (Jin, 1996)


o “Bright Copper Kettles” (Seshadri, 2010)


o “Blood” (Nye, 1986)




ENG125: Introduction to Literature






o “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” (Thomas, 1952)


o “My Last Duchess” (Browning, 1842)


o “The Boxer” (Simon, 1968)


o “Grief Calls Us to the Things of This World” (Alexie, 2009)


o “The Raven” (Poe, 1845)




o Macbeth (Shakespeare, 1606)


o A Midsummer’s Night Dream, (Shakespeare, 1590)


o Mistaken Identity (Cooper, 2008)


o The Importance of Being Earnest (Wilde, 1895)

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 social norms?

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
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