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Modern Classics Literature And Evil (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – International Edition, July 31, 2012
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Think of a story that did not have any conflict in it whatsoever: a place or setting where all people lived in a state of peace. Admittedly, it is a difficult thing to do. For, in such a peaceful setting, where conflict does not occur, there is no story. In order for an author to create a story, they would first have to disrupt this sense of peace. They would then need to implement an oppressive form of power (an antagonistic entity), calling for the creation of conflict between characters, which could then be resolved through the shaping of some type of narrative structure. In a sense, creating a story (more importantly, one with a plot) is the act of putting power conflicts in the place of calm and peaceful settings.
Though many postmodern writers (and other writers still interested in experimentation) have attempted to create seemingly plot-less stories that do not rely on the creation of conflict, it is currently rare to see authors' stories be centered around peaceful settings. And those stories that are, are generally not ones that are going to be seen as entertaining in the eyes of an audience.Read more ›