Conflict In "The Child By Tiger"



“The Child by Tiger” is narrated by a man who is remembering an
event from his childhood. The story centers on Dick Prosser, who is a black
hired hand for Mr. Shepperton. Dick is involved in several levels of
conflict throughout the story.* These include intrapersonal conflicts, a
conflict with society, and conflict with his environment.
The first conflict is very important in the scheme of the story,
because it provides the necessary conditions for this kind of an event to
take place. This is Dick's conflict with his environment. Although he is a
free man, and seems to be very tolerant, Dick lives in a time and place
where most people are less than friendly to black men, and do not see ...

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by his indiscriminate
choice of victims. These victims range from a police officer to an innocent
black man looking out his window, to several citizens who try to put an end
to his madness. This conflict is stopped when the mob catches up to him,
and he surrenders in soldier-like fashion. The hint of the conflict lingers,
however, when the mob leader brags about killing “a big one.”
The third and most interesting and complex type of conflict in this
story is the intrapersonal conflict within Dick. He shows two very distinct
sides which seem to intertwine at times. In the early going, he is
portrayed as friendly and polite. He is depicted playing with the children
and listening to the church services, singing songs. His Bible is always on
the table, and he is always a gentleman. During this time, however, there
are glimpses of something different within him. The incident with the
driver, when his eyes go red, and when he gets done reading the Bible. He
also talks of judgment day ...

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