Internal and External Conflict

Internal and External Conflict

Conflicts MS. GARCIA 6TH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS What is Conflict? A conflict is a struggle between opposing forces. There are two main kinds of conflict in stories: internal and external. Plot Diagram

Without conflict, there is no plot! The plot diagram is created around the conflict. Introduced in rising action Faced head-on during climax Begins to work itself out during falling action Resolved in resolution

Internal Conflict A struggle that takes place in a character's mind is called internal conflict. For example, a character may have to decide between right and wrong or between two solutions to a problem. Sometimes, a character must deal with his or her own mixed feelings or emotions. Character vs. Self External Conflict

A struggle between a character and an outside force is an external conflict. Characters may face several types of outside forces. The outside force may be another character. It may be the community. The outside force may also be forces of nature. For example, a story might be the main character struggling against the arctic cold. External Conflict Character vs. Character (Harry Potter vs.

Voldemort) Character vs. Nature (Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz) Character vs. Society (Shrek from Shrek) So, whats the difference? An internal conflict is just that a conflict that takes place internally. This is better known as character vs. self. An external conflict is a conflict that can be seen physically. We know external conflicts as character vs. character,

character vs. nature, and character vs. society. F.A.S.T Characterization Activity Feelings Actions How does the character feel throughout the story? Use adjectives and descriptive words.

What specific actions occur in the story that describe the character. Sayings Dan Greenburg Include important dialogue and dialogue tags. Thoughts

What is the characters thought process? What do his thoughts consist of and what does it say about him as a person?

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