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7 Types of Conflict in Literature

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Annie Mewborn

on 20 September 2017

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Transcript of 7 Types of Conflict in Literature

7 Types of Conflict
found in Literature
(1) Read the short passage.
(2)Decide and defend which conflict is represented
in the short text.
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Man vs. Society
Type of struggle where the character battles
an unjust element of government or culture.
Type of struggle (mental or physical) that exists between two characters.
Man vs. Nature
Type of struggle that puts the
character(s) against a natural force ...
such as: a flood, predatory animal, or disease epidemic.
Man vs. Self
Struggle that forms WITHIN a character.
Examples: overcome fear, conscience, emotional damage or other crippling personal issue.
Man vs. Man
Now, let's try one with text...
Man vs ?

“If she had only proceeded more slowly.
If she had only taken the Southerly route, avoiding the icebergs. If only the watch had a pair of binoculars."

(news story about the Titanic)

A struggle between two opposing forces
Internal Conflict
the struggle or conflict the character has within themselves

man vs. self

type of conflict that occurs
within the character.

Man vs Self

is a conflict between two or more characters(s)

man vs. man
man vs. society
man vs. nature.
External conflict

character struggles against an entity that isn't entirely known or comprehensible, whether it is extraterrestrial or metaphysical.
Man vs. Supernatural
struggle to overcome unemotional and unsympathetic machinery that believes it no longer requires humanity.
Man vs. Technology
struggle exists when character is compelled to follow an unknown destiny
Man vs. Gods/Fate

man vs. man
man vs. society
man vs. nature
man vs. supernatural
man vs. gods/fate
man vs. technology
External Conflict
struggle between character and an outside force such as nature or another character
Whether you're enjoying literature, analyzing it, or writing it yourself, knowing these seven types of conflict will help you gain a greater understanding of what makes a story so compelling
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