The Novel "Tex" by S.E. Hinton moves forward because of a tangle of conflicts that keep the reader wondering of Tex can solve all his problems. Despite the fact that there are several conflicts, it is useful to focus on one central conflict and view the other conflicts as offshoots of this.
Tex's relationship with his father forms the core conflict in the novel. Practically abandoned, Tex must struggle to understand why his father has done this to him, and he must struggle to find ways to survive and move forward. This leads Tex through a coming-of-age story that contains a web of problems for him to address.
Tex and Johnny vs. the World
Tex, along with his friend Johnny, gets into constant trouble. This conflict with the world of adults and other adolescents provides the impetus for much of the action. The fast-paced action at times seems to be one conflict after another.
Tex vs. the Hitchiker
In the novel's climax, Tex saves his friend Mason from a hitchhiker. The hitchhiker has a gun, and Tex's bravery eliminates the danger. It is through this conflict that we see Tex's bravery in action.
Tex Getting Shot
Tex accompanies Mason's friend Lem on a drug deal and gets shot. His injury leads to the resolution of the central conflict because in the hospital Tex learns who his real father is. The resolution of conflict in the close of this book leaves a note of hope for the main character.
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