Conflict

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This is an introduction to the literary element of conflict.

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Conflict

  1. 1. Conflictis when two sides are in oppositionwith one another (against eachother), when there is a struggle ofsome kind, OR when there is aproblem that needs to be dealtwith or solved.
  2. 2. Why does it matter?There is no story without a conflict.Conflict is the foundation of plot. Ifthere is no conflict, the writing is onlya description or a list of events.
  3. 3. Types of ConflictCharacter vs. CharacterCharacter vs. NatureCharacter vs. SocietyCharacter vs. SelfCharacter vs. the Divine
  4. 4. Breaking DownTypes of Conflict There are five main types of conflicts found in stories. Three are external, which means they happen outside the character between a character or characters and something/someone else. Two are internal, which means they happen inside a character.
  5. 5. External Conflicts
  6. 6. Physical Conflict: Character vs. CharacterThis type of conflict is when one character or group of characters is in opposition with another. legostarwarshq.org niceposterworld.com
  7. 7. Elemental Conflict: Character vs. NatureThis type of conflict finds the main character in conflict with the forces of nature: disease, animals (non- characterized), or natural elements such as weather. Survival stories are elemental conflicts! soundtrackcollector.com goodreads.com
  8. 8. Societal Conflict: Character vs. SocietyThis type of conflict has the main character in conflict with a group’s values, beliefs, traditions, etc. agunkz1412.blogspot.com Note: Some people confuse a societal conflict with a physical conflict, but they betterworldbooks.com are NOT the same.
  9. 9. Internal Conflicts
  10. 10. Mental Conflict: Character vs. SelfIn this type of conflict, the main character experiencessome kind of inner conflict often because the character needs to make a decision. theonering.net picturebulk.com
  11. 11. Spiritual Conflict: Character vs. the Divine In this type of conflict, the main character experiencessome kind of inner conflict related to belief in the Divine. This is NOT the same as a conflict where the “god” or “God” is a character, such as mythology. comingsoon.net filmsnobs.com

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