Structure

The short story “Sunday in the Park” by Bel Kaufman has a linear, chronological plot structure. The entire action takes place during a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. 

The narrative is structured around several conflicts, all of them unresolved. The first is between Larry and Joe, who throws sand at him repeatedly. Another conflict is between the woman and Joe. She repeatedly scolds Joe for throwing sand at Larry. This turns into a conflict between the woman and the man on the bench, which escalates into a conflict between Morton and the man on the bench. Morton retreats from this last conflict when it threatens to turn into a physical fight and leaves together with his family. However, his decision leads to an open conflict between Morton an...

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