By: Rashawn, Fabiola, and Carson

What is conflict?

A conflict is a disagreement or a dispute.

Types of Conflict:

***Internal Conflict***

Internal conflict takes place when you have to make a moral or ethical decision because you're facing a dilemma of some sort

  • Takes place within yourself
  • Is a struggle occurring within a character's mind

***External Conflict***

External conflict is a struggle between a person and an outside force.

  • External conflict drives the dramatic action of the plot
  • Deals with aspects outside of thyself

That's not all!

Not only are there types of conflict, there's types of the types of conflict!

  • Man vs Self
  • Man vs Man
  • Man vs Nature
  • Man vs Society

Types of Internal Conflict

Man vs Self: When a character must overcome himself/herself, or when you get into a fight with your conscience


  • When a protagonist has an inner struggle within himself

Types of External Conflict

Man vs Nature: When someone overcomes a force of nature to meet his or her goal
  1. Types of Nature
  • Storms
  • Earthquakes
  • Difficult Climates
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Floods
  • Extreme Conditions
  • Animals from Nature

***In this type of external conflict, nature can be defeated.***

Man vs Society: When society dictates the decisions characters make and brings conflict into situations

  • Example: Man vs Society took place in the short story The Sniper. If society wouldn't of had a civil war, then the Republican Sniper wouldn't of killed his brother.

Man vs Man: When characters are going against each other

  • Antagonist vs Protagonist
  • Typically ends with one man standing
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