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Copy of Literary Conflict

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Hannah Brutesco

on 3 September 2015

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Literary Conflict
External Conflict
A character struggles with an outside force
What is Conflict?

The problem in a story that needs to be resolved. It is the struggle between opposing forces.

Conflict can be Internal or External
The Way out
Internal Conflict
Man vs. Self
Man vs. Man
Types of External Conflict
Types of External Conflict
Man. vs. Nature
Man vs. Society
Types of External Conflict
Types of External Conflict
Man vs. Supernatural
Man vs. Machine
Types of External Conflict

In a short paragraph, describe the
biggest problem you faced during your
week. Please use complete sentences (at least four!).

Then, read your independent reading book.
Talk to your table partner, and together try to think up an example of a movie or a book for each type of conflict you have learned about today.
Let's Practice Together!
Try it!
Complete the handout by identifying the type of conflict exhibited in each example.

If you finish early, please read quietly until we are ready to move on.
Johnʼs hands trembled in the cold as he fished through his coat pockets for a match. He had already gathered scraps of wood and piled them up to make a fire. Now, he had to figure out how to kindle it. The sun had already set and all light was quickly fading from the sky; John could feel the temperature dropping just as rapidly. Without a match, there was no way to get this fire going, and without a fire, he wasnʼt sure how he would survive the night. Nobody knew he was stuck out there, alone, without food or shelter. His best hope was to try to avoid freezing, then head out at dawn to find help.
Mike hit the snooze button for the fifth time. He had to get up now, or else heʼd be late again. After the usual cereal and coffee, he stepped into the bathroom to shave and brush his teeth. Every morning, he had the same conversation with his reflection in the mirror. “Todayʼs the day,” he thought, “Today I am going to quit. Iʼm going to walk right into Mr. Maloneyʼs office and tell him what I think about this stupid job, and then Iʼll quit. Iʼll leave today.” Even as he rehearsed his final speech, he knew that it would never happen. The thought of being unemployed terrified him, and he was too much of a coward to speak his mind to his boss. Instead, he would work another day at a job he hated. The next morning, he began again. “Todayʼs the day. Today I am going to quit.”

The story of Rosa Parks is a well-known one, but few people are familiar with Ms. Parksʼs full history. She was not a woman who simply “didnʼt want to move” as we were often told in elementary school. In fact, she had a long history of activism with the NAACP and the Votersʼ League in the long fight for civil rights. Parks spent many years working with a network of African Americans, staging peaceful protests around Birmingham, Alabama. Regardless, her act of refusing to give up her seat on the bus on December 1, 1955 marked a powerful moment when a single woman refused to bow to the racism that surrounded her.
Now Try Writing Your Own!
One way to help you really understand conflict is to write your own example.

1. Choose one type of conflict.

2. In your composition notebook, write a short story where that type of conflict is demonstrated.

3. Don't forget to proofread!
Now, re-read your first sentence.

Circle the word that shows the action in the sentence!
The word that shows an action is called a...
Now see what other verbs you can circle in your story.
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