George’s conflict with his own conscience. This is because George had a really hard decision to make at the end of the story on whether he should kill Leonie or not. It was a conflict as Leonie was like a brother to George and George cared for Leonie a lot and just wanted to look after him. But because everyone was going to kill Leonie, George avgas debating whether he should kill Leonie or not. He felt that killing him himself was the right thing as Leonie was his responsibility and if he didn’t, he would get retorted by the other ranch workers.
This was similar to Carlson killing candy dog when candy then afterwards realized he should’ve done it himself. Killing Leonie was a hard and distressing thing for George to do as it says, “The hand shook violently’, maybe showing regret or even determination to get it over and done with. George killed Leonie because he had to. The conflict between Leonie and Curler was distinct and noticeable throughout the whole story. It started from when they first met each other.
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This conflict is based on jealousy, Curler is jealous of Lenses size, Slim says “he’s all the time picking scraps with big guys, kind like Hess mad at ‘me cozy he ant a big guff’. The word “mad” shows how irrationally Curler is and how angry he is, because he’s not a big guy and Leonie is. His jealousy of Lien’s size represents that at that time in America, physical strength was valuable, so Curler had to prove he was strong but Leonie seemed as if he would be more powerful than he was.