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Types of Internal and External Conflict

Internal and External Conflict

Jennifer Curtis

on 9 November 2011

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Transcript of Types of Internal and External Conflict


There are two different categories that conflict may fall into.


Internal conflicts are known as
"man vs. self"
This means that the trouble or problem lies within a character.
How do you know that this character has an internal conflict? How does the animator choose to represent his struggle?
External conflicts include any troubles or struggles that a character has with anyone or anything outside of himself. They can fall under several categories.
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Society
Man vs. Nature
In a Man vs. Man conflict, two or more characters (not necessarily men!) are involved in a struggle or disagreement. The following is an example.
What two characters are in conflict here? What are they in conflict over?
In a Man vs. Society conflict, a character goes up against the ideals of the community in which he lives. It could be the government, a large group of people, or popular opinion in general.
In this clip, Atticus Finch is fighting against his society. What ideas of his society is he trying to fight?
In a Man vs. Nature conflict, a character must go against and overcome natural forces or disasters.
What natural forces are causing the conflict in this clip? What conflicts are they causing?
Man vs. Supernatural
In a Man vs. Supernatural conflict, a character faces forces that he cannot control and sometimes does not even understand. This can include Gods, witches, ghosts, or any other enchanted beings.
What was supernatural about this clip? Who was in conflict with the supernatural forces?
Test yourself
In the following clips, try to identify and explain they primary conflict. It could be:
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Society
Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Supernatural
Man vs. Self
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