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Types of Conflict

describes types of conflict in stories and gives examples

Lisa Boveroux

on 21 October 2013

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Transcript of Types of Conflict

Man vs. Self
This is an internal conflict.
Man vs. Nature
This is another external conflict.
What is conflict?
Every story has conflict - it's what drives the plot.
It all starts with the protagonist, a.k.a. the "good guy"
The protagonist can be a man, woman, child, dog, robot, alien, etc.....
Man vs. Man
In this type of conflict, Man struggles against one or more people.
Man vs. Society
This is also an external conflict.
Types of Conflict
Conflict usually gets introduced in the rising action...
is faced in the climax...
starts to wind down in the falling action...
and is resolved in the resolution.
So, what are some basic types of conflict?
To keep it simple, we'll just call it "Man."
This is an external conflict.
This conflict is when Man fights against social norms and rules.
Many dystopian stories contain this type of conflict.
This is when Man has to fight against natural elements, usually for survival.
In this type of conflict, Man faces his own inner problems.
This can include choosing between good and evil, between logic and emotion, etc.
"Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen
"Into the Wild" by Jon Krakauer
"Cast Away"
"The Hunger Games" series by Suzanne Collins
Man is the protagonist, the other guy is the antagonist.
"Romeo and Juliet" by W. Shakespeare
"The Screaming Woman" by Ray Bradbury
Any civil rights movement or revolution.
"Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert L. Stevenson
"The Dark Knight" trilogy
"Fight Club" by Chuck Palahniuk
"Harry Potter" series by J. K. Rowling
Most superhero stories.
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