Elements of Fiction: Conflict Compiled By: Sarah Boomer
ConflictThe main problem or struggle in a story between the protagonist and an opposing force (antagonist). It was clear there was conflict between Nadia and Patrick because they were screaming and pointing fingers.
Internal Conflict A conflict within (internal) the mind of a character.Charlie is experiencing internal conflict. Should he give the money he found to the police or
External ConflictA conflict between a character and outside force; may be caused by a difference in ideas or personalities.The automobile crash created an external conflict between the two drivers.
Man vs. SelfA conflict within the mind of a character . Carl struggled with himself as he decided if he should play a game or do his homework.
Man vs. ManA conflict that takes place between two characters.The two boxers fought against each other in a man versus man competition.
Man vs. NatureA conflict that takes place between man and a force of nature.Surviving the blizzard was a battle between man and nature .
Man vs. Society A conflict that happens between man and the laws within a community or society .In a battle between man and society , AfricanAmericans protested segregation laws through marches.
Man vs. Supernatural A conflict between man and an unknown or scientifically unexplained force.Some people believe there is a battle between man and the supernatural on Halloween night.
Man vs. Technology A conflict that occurs between man and technology or a machine.Mr. Anderson tried to destroy his computerwhen it froze on him and lost his project.