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Conflicts in Literature

Internal Conflict

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

~NOT a visual or tangible opposition.
~a character dealing with his or her own mixed feelings or emotions.

Example: A character may have to decide between right and wrong or between two solutions to a problem.

What is the inferred internal conflict of Laurie Strode in the clip below?
[WARNING: THE CLIP IS SCARY!!]
Subcategory: Man vs. himself
Internal conflict is often referred to as man vs. himself since the struggle is inside one’s head.

Examples:
Roger vs. his worry of going to jail
Gerald vs. his fear of being beat by Mama
Phylicia vs. her sleepiness during Independent Reading =)

External Conflict

Definition: A struggle between a character and an outside force is an external conflict.
Examples 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.

What is the external conflict in the clip below?
[WARNING: THE CLIP IS SCARY!!]
Subcategories:
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Environment

Man vs. Man
~This 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:
~Roger vs. Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones
~Gerald vs. Mama
~Erin vs. Josh =)

Man vs. Environment
~Environment is defined as anything surrounding a person.
~This can include weather, objects, activities.
~Basically anything external EXCEPT people.

Man vs. Environment Examples:
~A child with allergies vs. flowers
~A ship crew vs. a Storm
~Terriq vs. the cold weather =)

Explain the internal/external conflict from this photo:

Double Cheeseburger Conflict

Explain the possible internal conflict from this photo. What are some examples of what could be taking place in a person's mind for this internal conflict?

Calvin & Hobbes Cartoon

Explain the external conflict from this photo. What is the subcategory of this conflict? How do you know?
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