What are some types of conflicts in the story "Luck" by Mark Twain?


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Types of conflict in Mark Twain's "Luck" include Lieutenant-General Lord Arthur Scoresby's inability to succeed at a military academy on his own, and the military decisions he made during the Crimean War. Another conflict is how his teacher feels about his role in the man's success.

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According to a former instructor at a military academy in Woolwich, the celebrated and well-decorated Lord Scoresby is more fraud than military genius. Without this instructor's intervention, he would have flunked out of the military academy and never seen conflict, but with help, he blunders his way through training. His instructor feels guilty for the role he played in the man's scholastic success.

As a captain during the Crimean War, Scoresby blunders his way through military operations, which lead to surprising victories. His former instructor waits for the one blunder that will undo him, but it never happens. Lord Scoresby earns one promotion after another, and when he leads a regiment into a Russian army hiding in reserve, they retreat, convinced he is leading the entire English army.

The former instructor, now a reverend, claims that Lord Scoresby doesn't understand that he built his success on mistakes and blunders and that he actually believes he is a military genius. This underscores the potential conflict that exists between who this man is, who others think he is and who he thinks he is.

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