The Emotional and Cultural Conflict at the Personal Level

Conflict can be defined as'a disagreement through which the parties involved perceived a threat to their needs, interests and concerns. It occurs when people perceive that consequence of a disagreement.Emotional are the feeling experienced in conflict, ranging from anger and fear to despair and confusion.' (Academic Leadership Support)When emotional and cultural conflicts occur at the personal level, it can give a great impact of inconsistency at the political, cultural and social levels in the country. In referring to this statement, this paper is going to discuss about the disintegration of individualism, are there any conflict in the characters and are they portrayed as inconsistence, restless and unsettle? And how is this kind of portrayal can suggest to the inconsistencies at the political, cultural and social levels in the country?
This writing will not be able to achieve its objective in discussing the issues mentioned without any evidence taken from any short stories or poems. Therefore, in a way to provide clear examples to the analysis, two short stories are selected. Thefirst one is'The Tamarind Tree', written by Saffura Chinniah and the other is'Ibrahim Something' by Lee Kok Liang. Both these short stories have been identified to have emotional and cultural conflicts and it will be discussed further.
The concern or the issue that is relevance for discussion is the issue of is there a conflict in the characters and are they portrayed as inconsistence, restless and unsettled? In thefirst short story,'The Tamarind Tree', the major concern of discussion is about the main character, Uncle Das. He lives in a housing area,
Is he portrayed as inconsistence, restless and unsettle? From his neighbours' perspective, he is like other man. He has'a wife, a child, a paid-up three bedroom house and on a decent pension.' (pg. 38) He does not seem to have a c…