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  1. 1. Conflict in<br />Literature<br />Avatar<br />Karen S Wright<br />
  2. 2. Conflict<br /><ul><li>A good piece of literature has a problem or a conflict that is developed as the story progresses.
  3. 3. Conflict creates doubt about the outcome.
  4. 4. However, conflict has a recognizable solution, leaving a single impression or effect.</li></li></ul><li>Conflict is Struggle<br /><ul><li>Conflict is a struggle between opposing forces, which are external or internal.
  5. 5. More than one conflict can weave through a story.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Conflicts are an integral part of life. They are as simple as a misunderstanding, as serious as a natural disaster, or complicated as a world conflict.
  6. 6. Literature is like a mirror and reflects life.
  7. 7. Conflict pulls us into a story to hold our interest.
  8. 8. Like conflict in life, a story’s problem can even evolve into a blessing.</li></li></ul><li>Conflict isn’t necessarily good vs. evil, but is more complicated.<br />Character vs. Character<br />Character vs. self<br />Character/group vs. society<br />Character/group vs. nature<br />Character vs. God or the supernatural.<br />
  9. 9. Character vs. Character<br />One person has a conflict with another person such as--<br /><ul><li>An argument between two people
  10. 10. An unsettled disagreement.
  11. 11. Unresolved issues between two people
  12. 12. Passive aggressiveness
  13. 13. Physical altercation</li></li></ul><li>Character vs. Self<br />A person struggles inside and has trouble deciding what to do.<br />This struggle can involve opposite, powerful feelings and produce a dilemma.<br />
  14. 14. Internal Conflict<br />Sometimes conflict with self will result in a broken or wounded character.<br />
  15. 15. Character vs. Society<br />A conflict that pits a character against society or a dominant group with a different agenda or values.<br />
  16. 16. Group vs. Society<br />One group of people have conflict with another. <br />Homeland security.<br />
  17. 17. Character vs. Ideology<br />Greg Mortenson faces opposition in building schools in Taliban territory.<br />
  18. 18. Group vs. Group<br />Terrifying images…the heartbeat of gripping events.<br />
  19. 19. Character/Group vs. Nature<br />Nature can be a “nurse” or a “curse”.<br />Hurricane Katrina<br />“If I am going to be drowned. . .[why] was I allowed to come thus far and contemplate sand and trees?” The Open Boat<br />
  20. 20. Human Nature vs. Mother-Nature<br /><ul><li>Mother-Nature is indifferent to human survival.
  21. 21. In the face of Mother-Nature, human frailty and mortality bow.</li></li></ul><li>Character vs. God or the Supernatural<br />“What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form and moving how express and admirable! In action how like an angel! In apprehension how like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals!”–Hamlet: Act II, ii. <br />
  22. 22. “Maybe you should give him his dignity.” E.T.<br />E.T.<br />
  23. 23. Can such a man, so desperate, still boast he can save his life from the flashing bolts of god?" Oedipus Rex Sophocles<br />
  24. 24. Conflict<br />“I exhort you also to take part in the great combat, which is the great combat of life,…greater than any other earthly conflict.” Plato<br />