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Discuss how the writer explores conflict in Ernest Hemingway's "The End of Something" and Graham Swift's "Chemistry"

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Discuss how the writer explores conflict in Ernest Hemingway's "The End of Something" and Graham Swift's "Chemistry". The definition of conflict is: A disagreement or argument or where there is conflicts of ideas or interests, people have a different idea or interest which cannot al be satisfied. The relationship in "The End of Something" and "Chemistry" are quite different. The relationship in Ernest Hemingway's "The End of Something", is that between two people; supposedly in love with each other. The relationships in Graham Swift's "Chemistry" are between three generations, father and daughter, mother and son and grandfather and grandson. The woman starts a new relationship and her son thinks that Ralph'; his mothers new partner; is trying to take the place of his father. The woman is living with her son and her father. Her father says that she doesn't need work and she will not be expected to pay for anything. She begins to take advantage of his good nature. She begins to take more interest in her new boyfriend than her kind natured father. The family was close family before Ralph met his mother. ...read more.


The water signifies the loss of the boy's father. Just like "Chemistry", "The End of Something" is centred around the theme of water. Both stories have the same major setting of water. When you read more of the story you learn that there is deeper meaning to the water than first expected. In "The end of Something" the water is the link between Nick and Marjorie's past in the mill. The big to fish can she starts to think about what life was like at the mill. I think that fishing is Nick's passion and because Marjorie wants to be with him, she takes an active part in his hobby. The fact that Ralph has now come into his life suggest that there will be conflict between the young boy, his grandfather and Ralph. The grandfather of the young boy can see what Ralph is like and doesn't want his daughter to get hurt. The young boy doesn't want Ralph to take the place of his father either. The woman cannot see that she is not thinking about her father and this makes him angry. ...read more.


By the end of the story he seems confused. I think at the end of the story, when Bill appears has deeper meaning. Maybe they Nick and Bill are having a relationship and this has spared the conflict that has arisen between Marjorie and Nick. Both writers use the idea of past and present to spark conflict. In "The End of Something" Nick and Marjorie seemed happy but when Nick had a change of attitude and confessed that love wasn't fun anymore this turned into a silent argument. In "Chemistry" there was no conflict before Ralph arrived, they lived as a happy family, "For about a year we lived quietly, calmly, even contentedly...", when the young boy's mother begins her relationship with Raplh everything changes and there is a lot of hate towards him. Another idea of how both the writer explores conflict is between the attitudes of people. In "The End of Something" the conflict is because of the attitudes of Nick and Marjorie; they both want different things but are scared to say it in case they upset the other person. This is the same in "Chemistry" between the young boy and his mother; the little boy doesn't like Ralph but doesn't want to upset his mother. ...read more.

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