Types of Conflict

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Here are notes on basic conflicts in fiction.

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Types of Conflict

  1. 1. TYPES OFCONFLICT
  2. 2. Why is CONFLICT important? No conflict, no plot! Plot is created around the conflict… Introduced in rising action… Faced head-on during climax… Begins to work itself out during falling action… Resolved during resolution.
  3. 3. INTERNAL CONFLICTAn internal conflict is between a character and his/her self.
  4. 4. PERSON vs. SELF Struggle takes place in his/her own mind. Usually involves a choice between right and wrong or overcoming emotions or mixed feelings.
  5. 5. EXTERNAL CONFLICTAn external conflict is between a character and an outside force.
  6. 6. PERSON vs. PERSON Protagonist vs. Antagonist The classic “good guy” vs. “bad guy” situation
  7. 7. PERSON vs. SOCIETY Fights against social traditions or rules (fight for freedom, rights, for a cause etc.) Society becomes a “character” of its own Usually comments on positive or negative aspects of real society (SATIRE)
  8. 8. PERSON vs. NATURE
  9. 9. PERSON vs. SUPERNATURAL
  10. 10. PERSON vs. TECHNOLOGY

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