2. What is “conflict” in a story?
*good vs. evil
3. Why is CONFLICT important?
conflict is introduced in rising action…
faced head-on during climax…
conflict, there is no plot!
to work itself out during falling action…
resolved during resolution.
4. EXTERNAL CONFLICT
external conflict is between a
character and some outside force.
5. MAN vs. MAN
character struggles with another
Protagonist vs. Antagonist
The classic “good guy” vs. “bad guy”
6. MAN vs. NATURE
character struggles with a force of
nature (natural disaster, desolation,
Usually, the character is struggling to
7. MAN vs. SOCIETY
this conflict, a character or a group of
characters fight against the society in
which they live.
character fights against social
traditions or rules (fight for freedom, rights,
for a cause etc.)
8. INTERNAL CONFLICT
internal conflict is between a
character and his/her self.
9. Internal Conflict
character’s struggle takes place in
his/her own mind.
has something to do with a choice
(choosing between right and wrong), or it
may have to do with overcoming
emotions or mixed feelings.
10. OTHER TYPES OF CONFLICT
Gods, ghosts, monsters, spirits, aliens, etc.
Fight for choice; fight against destiny
Computers, machines, etc.