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Internal Conflicts vs External Conflicts

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Michael Weng

on 22 March 2013

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Transcript of Internal Conflicts vs External Conflicts

Internal Conflicts External Conflicts Conflicts of the Characters Man vs him/herself June;
June's internal conflict with herself becomes more apparent until the end of the novel. June's conflicts is somewhat similar to Day's, she loved Day too, but to find out that he was her brother's supposedly murderer, she couldn't decide on whether to execute him or let him go. "A part of me recalls the way he saved me from the Skiz fight, that he had helped me heal this burning wound in my side, that his hands had been so gentle. I want to scream at him. I want to hate him for confusing me so much. I have no sympathy for a criminal, I remind myself harshly. Just a score to settle.", pg 148. "The Day that killed my brother is a cruel, ruthless criminal. But who is this Day I met on the streets? Who is the Day that grieves so deeply for his mother? Who is this boy that would risk his own safety for a girl he didn't know?", pg 176. Her second conflict is her loyalty with the Republic. June was very loyal to the Republic. However, she finds out that the Republic is doing very cruel deeds. The Republic killed hundreds of people during the rebellion, and the Republic was engineering the plague every year to test it out on the poor and use it as a bio hazardous weapon against the colonies. She knows this because of her brother Metias. When she had found this out, she couldn't decide whether to accept this or leave the republic behind. This was not part of her morals. "In the mirror, I look the same. But I am a different person inside. I'm a prodigy who knows the truth, and I know exactly what I'm going to do/ I'm going to help day escape.", pg 251. Day;
Day's internal conflict with him self does not come through until the climax of the novel. Day was torn apart when he found out that June was actually a Republic agent that was sent to track him down. For Day, it was hard on him because he was enemies of the Republic, yet he had already fallen in love with one of the Republic's agents. It was even harder on him when June's comrade, Thomas shot his mother in the head. Day didn't know whether to hate and loathe June or whether to love her still.
"They've sent her to hunt me down. And now, because of my idiocy, she has tracked me right to my family. She may have even killed Tess. I close my eyes-I'd trusted this girl, had been duped into kissing her. Even falling for her. The thought makes me blind with rage. ", pg 155. Internal conflicts refers to a characters emotional struggles and the struggles within a character's mind. Internal conflicts can have lasting effects on characters, however we get to understand and know the character in more depth. As character change throughout the book, with internal conflicts we can see how much the character has changed by comparing the character before and the character after the internal conflict. Some character are hard to decipher, but most of the time we can see how to react to extremely hard decisions under certain circumstances. External conflicts include everything that is not within the character's mind but outside forces affecting the character, outside struggles. External conflicts generally is related to the main goal of the story. Characters will be affected by external conflicts one way or another, but the main external conflict will be between two characters. Typically external conflicts come in when the antagonist does everything in his/her power to stop the protagonist from achieving his/her goal. The main types of external conflicts are man vs man, man vs nature, man vs society, man vs machine, and man vs supernatural. The main external conflicts are focused around the protagonist and the antagonist. The protagonist and the antagonist can either be evenly match or unevenly matched. The outcome is both uncertain whether the match is evenly or unevenly matched. In Legend, the match between Day and the Republic is a bit uneven. External conflicts are a way of establishing relationships with other characters. Man vs Society Emotional conflicts These types of conflicts usually come from the protagonists making a very hard decision for themselves. They have to make the decisions themselves, no one can do it for them. These conflicts are unique because then we can get to see the character's true colors as they choose what to do under some extreme circumstances. An example of this would be when June was forced to leave the Republic or to stay in the Republic. She left, which shows us that she does not believe what the Republic believes in. This shows us June's characterization in more depth. We can now see underneath her mask and find out who she really was, as opposed to shallow decision made by the character. Emotional conflicts are linked to internal conflicts which then are linked to the choices or the decisions that the character makes. Most internal conflicts may directly or indirectly affect other characters around the character. Both Day and June were affected by their decisions too. Internal conflicts are often related to moral conflicts. Man vs him/herself come from the character battling two or more sides of themselves. Day:
Day's external conflicts is very visible throughout the entire book. From the first page to the last page Day always has some kind of external conflict with the republic. Day is the Republic's most wanted criminal so he always has to watch out for the Republic, and make sure he doesn't get his family into any trouble. "wanted for assault, arson, theft, destruction of military property, and hindering the war effort", pg 1. All of Day's conflicts involves his family and the Republic. Most of the conflicts that involve the Republic always gave him physical injuries. When the Republic experimented on him, they injured his knee, and extracted something from his eye. "They experimented on him. Probably for the military. This I'm sure of now, and the thought makes me ill. They were taking tiny tissue samples from his knee, as well from his heart and his eye.", pg 201. When Day was escaping from the hospital with the plague suppressants, he had to leap off a three story building to escape. This gives him a cracked rib, and a sprained ankle. When Day was captured by the Republic, they tortured him. He could hardly walk. Day also has an indirect conflict with the Republic. The Republic engineers the plague every year and they experiment it on people. Day's little brother, Eden caught the plague, and now Day is trying to find the cure for Eden. The Republic also gave Day a huge mental injury. He had watched his mother die in front of his eyes and he could do nothing about it. It is these conflicts that drive the plot of the story forward. Conflicts Resolutions There have been many conflicts in Legend, however I believe that Legend, the first book, is building up for something. I haven't found any resolutions to the conflicts, because I believe that those conflicts are going to add up to the suspense in the second book. I predict that Day will escape the Republic and join the colonies to win the war against the Republic. I also do believe that Day will, perhaps overthrow the Republic and put an end to all those bad deeds that the Republic have done. The resolutions for the conflicts might come at the very end of the novel. Man vs Man Day:
Even though almost all of the conflicts Day has is with the Republic, Day also has some minor conflicts with Thomas. Thomas when interrogating Day had tortured him. Thomas liked June and he showed his true feelings for her, but June's heart had only one place for someone; Day. Day doesn't know this but, it was revealed later in the story that it was actually Thomas that had killed Metias, not Day. Thomas had used Day as a scapegoat. If it wasn't for this conflict then the story would not be where it is right now. Types of External conflicts There are a few types of external conflicts, and they often act as roadblocks, obstacles and challenges for the protagonist to overcome.
The types of external conflicts are:

Man vs Man- this is one of the most common types of external conflicts in books. The protagonist will almost always face an opponent or adversary that stands in the way of the protagonist achieving a goal

Man vs nature- often in most times, the author will make the use of nature to throw the protagonist off track and to prevent them from achieving what they want to achieve. An example of this would be in the old man and the sea. The antagonist was the sea, however the sea wasn't even consciousness and it wasn't alive. These catastrophes can include. floods, fires, storms, tornadoes or hurricanes.

Man vs society- this is often found in most dystopian novels. Protagonists in these fictions will feel alienated or as if they are outcasts. They will be brought up to believe that they live in a perfect flawless word, yet they will be paranoid and have a sense that something is not quite right. Most people in these societies will not be able to see what the protagonists sees. This may be against the government or a religion.

Man vs technology- this type of external conflict is found in most types of science fiction novels. Machines in the future evolves out of man's control and becomes more intelligent. Humanity getting dominated by its own inventions

Man vs unknown/supernatural- often found in fantasy stories and some science fiction novels. The unknown may refer to aliens, god, or supernatural beings
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