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Conflict in Literature

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Emily Braem

on 10 September 2015

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Transcript of Conflict in Literature

Character vs. Self:

a conflict that occurs completely within the mind of the character.

For example:
a character
who struggles to
overcome a fear,
to make a difficult
decision, or trying to understand something
Internal Conflict
External Conflict
Conflict that occurs
with something
someone outside the character

*There are several types of external conflict.

vs. Man
When one character struggles against another character
This can be a physical struggle (fight or argument) or
mental struggle (competition for a job or a girl)
Example: Rapunzel
a struggle between
opposing forces

Conflict in Literature
Example: The Fellowship of the Ring
1. Man Vs. Nature

When the character struggles with
force of nature
For example: crossing a desert with no water, a hurricane, an overflowing river, sharks.
Example: The Grey
3. Character Vs. Society
A character struggles
against the society
he lives in

He may be trying to change a law he believes to be wrong
be rejected for some reason (poverty, race, religion)
try to overthrow an unjust government.
Example: Selma
4. Character Vs. Supernatural
The character struggles against
some supernatural element: ghosts,
demons, werewolves, etc.
Example: Twilight
Character Vs. Fate
The character struggles against his destiny. The character breaks away from a predetermined path.
For example, his family have always been lawyers but he wants to be an artist, or she is from a poor neighborhood and wants to go to college.
Example: Final Destination 2
5. Character Vs. Technology
The character struggles against some kind of technology
: robots, machines, computers.
It can also mean a struggle against something created with technology,
like a bionic man
or reanimated corpses or zombies.
Example: Terminator 3
How good are you are recognizing conflict?
check for understanding
On a half sheet of paper, number 1-5
As you watch the following videos, identify the
type of conflict in each

you're options are:
man vs. himself
man vs. society
man vs. man man vs. technology
man vs. nature man vs. supernatural

#1 man vs. _________
#2 *careful! list 2 types of conflict
man vs. _________
man vs. _________
#3 man vs. _________
#4 man vs. _________
#5 man vs. _________

Watch the video and THINK about why the conflicts are listed as Man vs. ____
what are they in conflict with?
what are they thinking?
Your Assignment (homework):
Take Cornell style notes on the following presentation about types of conflict that are found in literature (stories, movies, etc.)
take notes in Cornell style notes
Each title in
means that it is a main idea that should be placed on the
side of your notes
remember to put details (notes, bullet points, drawings) on the RIGHT side
bold text
is necessary, regular is optional

**STOP when you see the STOP slide.
Please stop taking notes!
Be prepared to feel comfortable with this information for next class.
I challenge you to watch TV at home and test yourself with what conflict the main character is facing :)
If you continued to this slide, you have gone to far.

You've completed your homework and can relax now
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