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Types of Conflict

Understand the different kinds and types of conflict

Michelle Ganey

on 14 September 2013

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Internal and External
External conflict occurs when there is conflict between the character and a force outside of that character.
Internal conflict occurs inside the character. It occurs when the character must make some decision, overcome pain, calm his or her temper, resist an urge, etc.
Kinds of Conflict
Conflict is the essence of fiction.
person vs. person
This type of conflict pits one person against another.
person vs. nature
This occurs when the main character has a run-in with the forces of nature.
person vs. society
This is when the main character has a conflict with a group of people.
Conflict helps you better understand the character and creates the suspense and interest that make you want to continue reading.
Understanding CONFLICT
Conflict is essential to plot. Without conflict there is no plot; conflict makes the plot move. Conflict is a problem that the main character faces. Within a short story there may be only one conflict, or there may be one main conflict with many minor ones as well.
Internal conflict. Not all conflict involves other people. Sometimes people are their own worst enemies. An internal conflict is a good test of a character’s values. Does he give in to temptation or rise above it? Does he demand the most from himself or settle for something less? Does he even bother to struggle? The internal conflicts of a character and how they are resolved are good clues to the character’s inner strength.
person vs self
It creates plot.
One group vs another group is considered person vs. person conflict.
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