“An Astrologer’s Day” by: R.K. Narayan is a short story filled with elements of a novel. One of these elements is conflict. Conflict is the problems that characters face throughout a story that keeps the plot moving. The two kinds of conflict, internal and external, are found throughout this story as well as the character’s resolution to the conflict. The conflicts of “An Astrologer Day” allow us to go deep inside the characters and relate to how they feel and the problems they face.
One of the first conflicts in this story involves the main character, the Astrologer. “He had a working analysis of mankind’s troubles: marriage, money, and the tangles of human ties.” The Astrologer is having marital problems because he doesn’t bring any money home. People think he is a fake an
This is an example of external conflict against society and its struggles. He also has problems with the neighboring vendors. He can live his life to the fullest and make the best of his future quarrels. " Nayak wasn"tmt in high spirits when he learned of this because he wanted to kill the man himself. This emotional effect on him perhaps produced fear inside when he met up with Nayak again. d therefore don"tmt partake in his study and in attending his tent. " At this point, the Astrologer"tms trouble has been somewhat comforted. This shows that even fictional characters can have manlike problems and manlike solutions to those problems. This conflict is resolved when the Astrologer says, "He died four months ago in a far-off town. The Astrologer and Guru Nayak are two great examples of characters with both internal and external conflicts. The Astrologer recognizes Guru Nayak as someone he met before, someone he thought he had killed, The Astrologer is startled that the person he stabbed and left to die in a field, is still alive to tell about it. One of the main conflicts in the story is an internal one. "When shall I get at him" Nayak says about the foe who tried to kill him.