I'm grading papers for my "theatre for non-majors" class.
Many of them chose to compare/contrast two of the primary characters in a particular play.
Paper after paper of "These characters are in conflict because they want different things out of life. X wants action and entertainment, while Y prefers to stay at home and avoid society."
Only one paper in the entire stack mentioned that the reason X and Y are in conflict is because Y killed X's infant child.
"Different things out of life," indeed.