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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?
Subcategory: Man vs. himself
Internal conflict is often referred to as man vs. himself since the struggle is inside one’s head.

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?
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?