Mountains Beyond Mountains Study Guide - Conflict

Conflict

Protagonist

Mountains Beyond Mountains protagonist is Paul Farmer, a truly impressive doctor who works incessantly to eradicate poverty and deliver a standard of health care to the poor, a seemingly insurmountable task to achieve.

Antagonists

Poverty and its inherent epidemics. People who turn their eyes away from poverty. Governments and their policies that allow poverty to flourish.

Climax

The apex of the story occurs when Tracy Kidder comes to realize the Paul Farmer’s true nature. He is just a man who is attempting to triumph over poverty and illness among the poor, although certainly there is no conquest to be had. It is the attempt that makes him heroic.

Outcome

The outcome is still uncertain. There is ample work for people like Paul Farmer to do, as the world continues to turn its back on the distress of the poor.

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