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A Little Conflict
By Brenda B. Covert

1     Think about your favorite story. Would you describe it as peaceful from beginning to end? Is it a series of calm events woven gently together? More likely it is an exciting adventure. What makes it exciting? Conflict!
2     In E. B. White's classic tale, Charlotte's Web, the conflict involves Wilbur the Pig's future. Will he become bacon on a breakfast plate? Will the spider's plan to save his life work? We keep turning the pages to find out what will happen next.
3     In Dr. Seuss' holiday favorite, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, the conflict revolves around the Grinch's hatred for a much-loved holiday. Will he ruin Christmas for the Whos down in Whoville? Can they stop him before it's too late?
4     Cinderella is full of conflict. A sweet and kind girl tries to please her spiteful stepmother and spoiled stepsisters. She wants to go to the ball but has nothing to wear and no way to get there. The prince finds and then loses his true love. Will Cinderella ever escape life as a maid? Will she find a way to get to the ball? Will the prince find her in spite of the stepmother's attempts to thwart him? Will they all live happily ever after?
5     In the Star Wars books, the conflict is between good and evil. Many, many stories have been written about the struggle between good and evil. It is a classic theme.

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