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  • Internal ConflictDefinition:A struggle that takes place in a character's mind is called internal conflict.

  • Internal Conflict is NOT visual or tangible. a character dealing with his or her own mixed feelings or emotions.

  • Example of Internal Conflict A character may have to decide between right and wrong or between two solutions to a problem.

  • Internal ConflictSubcategoryMan vs. Self

    Internal conflict is often referred to as man vs. self since the struggle is inside ones head.

  • Man vs. Self ExamplesLester vs. his fear of dying Michael Oher vs. his struggle to choose a college.

  • External ConflictDefinition:A struggle between a character and an outside force is an external conflict.

  • Example of External Conflict Characters may face several types of outside forces. The outside force may be another character. It may be the character and the community. The outside force may also be forces of nature. For example, a story might be the main character struggling against the arctic cold.

  • External ConflictSubcategoriesMan vs. ManMan vs. Society Man vs. Nature

  • Man vs. ManThis is mostly seen in the form of two characters against each other. It can also be represented by a group of people. It does not have to be a physical confrontation; it can be a battle between two ideas.

  • Man vs. Man Examples Jimmy Valentine vs. Ben Price Batman vs. The Joker The Avengers vs. Loki

  • Man vs. NatureEnvironment is defined as anything surrounding a person.

    This can include weather or fate.

  • Man vs. Nature Examples Bear Grylls vs. Jungle Kate Fitzgerald vs. Cancer (My Sisters Keeper)

  • Man vs. SocietyMan vs. Society

    The leading character struggles against ideas, practices, or customs of other people.

  • Man vs. Society Examples Skeeter vs. The expectations of the town.

    Aibileen and Minny vs. Racism

    Mulan vs. the stereotype of woman.

  • ConflictQuick Review

    Internal ConflictExternal ConflictMAN VS. HIMSELFMAN VS. MANMAN VS. NATURE Man VS. SOCIETY*not tangible*other characters*a force of nature * struggle of ideas *in the mind*not just physical confrontation*anything in surroundings * Customs *decisions, feelings, emotions*opposing ideas*weather, fate, health * Stereotypes

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