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Why conflict is important for the meaning of the story?

Imagine that nothing ever happened. Imagine Bilbo Baggins never left the Shire and never found the One Ring. Nothing it seems, both in reality and in its close narrative counterpart, has really come about from, well, nothing. Conflict can be taken as a necessary ingredient of almost all narrative, or even more so, the less rancourous form, interaction. That is, interaction between human to human agents or non-human to human story agents. Of course, modernist and post-modernist attempts to stall, fragment, and generally play with time, history and plot have had their effects felt elsewhere. Even in a play as seemingly uneventful as Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot' conflict is present between the two characters and arguably, with their larger metaphysical condition.

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