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Jessica St.Louis

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Character vs. Society
The character's beliefs are against the norms or laws of society. The character fights against these social traditions and rules.
Character vs. Self
The struggle takes place in the character's mind. The character may have a difficult decision to make, or be dealing with complicated emotions.
Character vs. Another Character
A character struggles with another character.
Character vs. Fate
Ariel vs. fate in
The Little Mermaid.
Character vs. Nature
Here the character is opposed by nature, and may be struggling to survive.
Types of Conflict
Internal Conflict
The opposing force in character vs. self happens within the character's head, and is called an internal conflict.
Harry vs. Voldemort in
Harry Potter
Merida vs. her Family and Clan expectations in
Charlie vs. himself in
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
People vs. nature in
Deep Impact
The character struggles with something that is planned from their birth, or a given life path.
Conflict; an Element of Story
What is conflict?
Conflict is the struggle between two opposing forces.
How does conflict affect the story?
Conflict is the problem that created the story. It launches the antagonist (main character) into a series of choices, as they work for resolution.
The antagonist wants something, and has obstacles preventing them from getting it.
Little Red Riding Hood wants to visit her Grandmother, but the wolf gets in the way.
Ariel wants to be human, but is a mermaid.
Conflict sets the plot into upwardmotion, creating ...
3) rising action.
2) Conflict happens.
1) Story Introduction or exposition.
Eventually the antagonist finds resolution, or a peaceful solution to their problem, and the story ends.
4) climax
5) falling action
All of the steps leading up to the ending (conflict, rising action, falling action, resolution...) are the plot.
6) resolution
But, that's for a different day...
All those difficulties were really started by...
Identifying the conflict
There are 5 primary types of conflict.
External Conflict
The following 4 types of conflict are all external; with the opposing force being outside the character.
Writing a conflict statement.
Writing a conflict statement will help you identify the conflict of the story.
A Common Mistake:
Remember, the conflict is
side plots
, or minor
the character must over come along the path. The true conflict is the driving force that motivates the character into action, and creates interest.
A conflict statement has 2 parts.
1) What the character wants.
2) What is blocking the character; the opposition.
Ariel wants to be a human, but is a mermaid.
Now, you try.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory;
Charlie wants, ________, but _______________________.
Brave; Merida
wants, ______, but _____________________.
In the
Harry Potter Series;
Harry wants, _______________, but ________________________.
Deep Impact
the characters want, ________________, but ________________________.
The conflict in
The Little Mermaid
character versus fate
. Ariel's future is decided by her birth path, however, she wants something else.
Now, try it with your own book!
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