The main conflict of "The Tale of the Three Brothers" is Death wanting to take the men for himself. You see, in the beginning of the tale, it says, "And Death spoke to them. He was angry that he had been cheated out of three new victims, for travellers usually drowned in the river" (88). Basically, Death used that spot to claim people after they'd died in the river, but because the three brothers did not die, he felt enranged that they did not die like others and thus, the conflict expanded. He pretends to congratulate the men and gives them three prizes for their own, the Elder Wand, the Resurrection Stone, and the Invisibility Cloak. The reason I believe this is the main conflict and not an important event is because if Death never gave the brothers the prizes to try to kill them, nothing that happened in the story would have actually happened. This affects both Death and the brothers because Death is trying to get the brothers and they will die because of this. The conflict here is definetly external because death and pain is all just external things. The conflict does get resolved at the end of the story, "And so Death took the first brother for his own. . . . And so Death took the second brother for his own. . . . And then he (the youngest brother) greeted Death as an old friend, and went with him gladly, and, equals, they departed this life" (91, 92, 93). So the Old and Middle brother die and Death takes them, he also takes the Young brother, but as equals. This resolves the conflict because now Death finally has the three brothers we wanted to keep, and the brothers have finished their lives.
Due to the fact that "The Tales of Beedle the Bard" is a collection of wizard folktales, I will only choose one story, which is "The Tale of the Three Brothers," which is most recognizable since it was mentioned in the last Harry Potter story. The main characters in the short story, as the name suggests, are the three brothers. Their names are not given, so I'll simply refer to them as Old, Middle, and Young brother. Their role in the book is to serve for teaching the moral of the story, which is that Death can never be overcome, you just have to acknowledge that and treat it as simply another step in life. First of all, it is quite easy to tell their personalities because the story says them, ". . . the oldest brother, who was a combatitive man . . . the second brother, who was an arrogant man . . . The youngest brother was the humblest and also the wisest of the brothers . . ."(88-89). So the Old brother was combatitive and liked to get into fights, the Middle brother was arrogant and beleived to be very powerful, and then Young brother was wise and humble and knew the best choices to pick. The next important character in the story is the personification of Death, who is the antagonist. He is there to symbolize death of course and plays a major part in the story. In the book, the author states, "But Death was cunning" (88), and overall is portrayed as a malicious being. Finally, I believe every person here, except the Young brother is static, while he is a tiny bit dynamic. The two brothers die and stay the same as they were before, combatative and arrogant, while Death simply is still Death and takes the souls of people. Though the Young brother in the end departs with Death "as equals" and leaves this world, showing how he changed to understand that he could not run away from Death forever.
I think that the GATE Icon that most connects with this collection of stories is Details. It may sound odd to think that all this book is just details, but it is! First of all, this book is supposed to be accompanied with another book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where this book was first mentioned. The collection of stories was simply a detail in the book, something to help pull the plot foward. The most important story out of the bunch mentioned was "The Tale of the Three Brothers," which is where the name "Deathly Hallows" arrises, which are the gifts Death gives to the three brothers, "So the oldest brother . . . asked for a wand more powerful than any in existence . . . Then the second brother . . . asked for the power to recall others from Death . . . The youngest brother . . . asked for something that would enable him to go forth from that place without being followed by Death" (88, 89). Another reason why I believe this is details is because all the stories are simply just tales, "The Tales of Beedle the Bard is a collection of stories written for young wizards and witches" (VII). These tales were just made to teach kids morals and ethics and all sorts of important things. These stories are simply examples or details of the bigger picture/moral of the story told. In the end, The Tales of Beedle the Bard are simply just fun stories to read that help paint a better idea of another story, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.