Do you remember a time when you had to make a choice and each option was equally unpleasant? In literature, dilemmas form the central conflict many protagonists encounter. Sometimes these dilemmas have even caused changes in society and history! Common dilemmas include: classic, ethical, and moral.
Examples of Classical Dilemma in Literature | Teaching Dilemma in Literature
A RAISIN IN THE SUN
CONTENTS OF THE DEAD MAN'S POCKET
After Walter loses the family's money in a bad investment, and Mr. Lindberg visits the family with a veiled threat, the Youngers must decide whether to move to the new house anyways, or stay in their apartment.
When Tom Benecke's paper with all of his work flies out of the window, he must decide whether to let months' of work disappear into the night, or to go out after it.
THE GRAPES OF WRATH
ROMEO AND JULIET
The Joads must decide what to do after they lose their farm to the bank. With other families in similar situations and heading towards the San Joaquin Valley in California, the Joads conclude that they can find work and a brighter future there, too.
Romeo discovers, through an illiterate servant, that there is going to be a party at the Capulets' home that evening. He discovers that his one true love Rosaline's name is on the guest list. He must decide whether or not to crash the party in order to see her again.