Conflicts Involve a Clash of Ideas, Interests and Expectations.

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The vast amount of causes for conflict and the ambiguity of each reaches an overwhelming total. The sort of a particular conflict is highly dependent on why the conflict has occurred, as individuals posses differing core values and beliefs. Conflict is born when aspects of individuals or groups clash. There are infinite aspects that make up an individual, but three remain prominent when it comes to tracing where conflict has originated from. Ideas, interests, and hopes or expectations of an individual are all integral factors that can lead to both small and large scale conflict. Although ideas are intangible, they can create tangible and forceful conflict. Ideas can be any pattern of thought that our mind is concentrated on, whether…show more content…
In addition to ideas, interests are a key aspect that makes up an individual, and when the interests of an individuals or groups clash, conflict is often an outcome. Often when you share an interest with someone, it acts as a platform for a potential friendship to be built upon. However, similar or identical interest can in some cases create conflict also, whether the conflict arises from jealousy, fear, apprehension, or other emotions or thoughts, conflict has the potential to arise from this clash. Greene proves the fact that this notion is as true in literature as much as life in The Quiet American, as the common love interest in Phuong between Fowler and Pyle turns a friendship into an immense conflict. Fowler’s very name can be interpreted as a metaphor to describe his actions in this conflict, ‘foul’, as he resorts to horrific measures in the novel, as a result of the clash of interest that he and Pyle shared. Fowler takes Phuong’s love for granted, whereas Pyle’s love for her can be interpreted to parallel his desire for an innocent, non-communist, democratic Indochina, which Pyle is passionate about. Phuong stays with Fowler for security and protection, and leaves him for the same reason. Fowler’s fear of losing Phuong and jealousy of Pyle’s association with Phuong drives him into a last

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