Conflict is an essence of the plot. Conflict in a story builds the climax. The stories, “Two Kinds” and “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” encompass a struggle, both external as well internal, at the centre of their plots. “Two Kinds” displays a struggle of a girl and more precisely, a quest for self identity. “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” captivates a struggle in Connie’s life. The external conflict of Connie is with the society and family. Connie’s odd terms with her family and her mother in particular explains the same. But her internal conflict is severe and with the open ending of the story, it does not get resolved. Joyce actually keeps enough space for the readers to think about the conflicts and the respective resolutions in their own terms.
In the story “Two Kinds”, the climax appears when the final quest for all the attempts to become the piano star starts to come true before Jingmei. The onset of the events preceding the predicament forms the climax of the