Essay by camyyHigh School, 12th gradeA+, September 2007

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In short stories, there is always some sort of conflict. The short story Bambinger possesses a character vs. character conflict. This presented conflict can be observed by the characters, events that contribute to the conflict and the resolution. Set in Montréal during world war 11, tells the story of a family who takes in a Jewish refugee named Herr Bambinger. The family's son, who is 12 years old, resents this intrusion and tries to get rid of Bambinger as fast as he can. A believed theme brought to one's attention is not to judge a book by its cover. This is a simple yet dominant theme is this short story where using elements such as the theme, characterization, the plot and literary devices will help convey the overall message as well as a broader significance.

The reader sees the conflict as being between a younger and much older, more influential character.

The older character in this case, Bambinger is 'negatively' affecting the younger character. However, Bambinger is worthy of our respect. He was giving suggestions to the boy's mother. This shows that Bambinger is a caring man and he was only looking out for the best interest of the boy. As said above, the most useful message in this short story is not to judge a book by its cover. To begin, the mother accepts to take in a Jewish refugee because she thought it would help it fight human suffering. In turn Herr Bambinger influences the mother on the way to raise her son. He eventually tells the boy he is not only stupid but impudent as well which of course makes the boy have a sense of resentment towards Bambinger. This conflict drives the main theme in the story. The little boy, not wanting to take orders from...