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Literary Conflicts. September 20, 2011. Today’s target:. What is conflict?. A problem that occurs between characters/forces in a story. Conflict is the driving force of plot . Think about conflicts that have occurred in your life, what happened? With who/what?. First…. Protagonist

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literary conflicts

Literary Conflicts

September 20, 2011

what is conflict
What is conflict?
  • A problem that occurs between characters/forces in a story. Conflict is the driving force of plot.
  • Think about conflicts that have occurred in your life, what happened? With who/what?
first
First…
  • Protagonist
    • Main character, usually the “good guy,” but not always!
  • Antagonist
    • Major character, usually the “bad guy,” causes problems (antagonizes) for the protagonist.
man vs man
Man vs. Man
  • When one character has a problem with another character (or characters).
  • Examples:
      • Alexander T. Wolf vs. 3 Little Pigs
      • Cinderella vs. Evil stepsisters
man vs nature
Man vs. Nature
  • A character is faced with a problem that is an element of nature; NOT AN ANIMAL!
  • Examples:
      • Mt. Vesuvius erupts and Tito is trying to escape the city of Pompeii.
      • There is a violent storm that causes a river to flood, destroying Riki-Tiki-Tavi’s home.
      • Billie-Jo and her family must survive living in the “Dust Bowl” of Oklahoma during the 1930’s.
man vs society
Man vs. Society
  • When a character has a problem with a group of people, or with the rules set forth by society.
  • Examples:
      • Katniss Everdeen defies the Capitol during the Hunger Games.
man vs self
Man vs. Self
  • Character has a struggle with his/her thoughts/feelings/emotions.
  • Examples:
      • Katniss must decide who she wants to save; Peeta or Gale?
      • Harry has to decide whether to fight Voldemort or go into hiding.
identify the conflict griffin and darren argue on the playground
Identify the conflict:Griffin and Darren argue on the playground.
  • Man v. Man
  • Man v. Nature
  • Man v. Society
  • Man v. Self
identify the conflict a tornado destroys brian s home in hatchet
Identify the conflict:A tornado destroys Brian’s “home” in Hatchet.
  • Man v. Man
  • Man v. Nature
  • Man v. Society
  • Man v. Self
identify the conflict mary breaks the rules of ta na e ka by living at ernie s for a week
Identify the conflict:Mary breaks the rules of Ta-Na-E-ka by living at Ernie’s for a week.
  • Man v. Man
  • Man v. Nature
  • Man v. Society
  • Man v. Self
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Identify the conflict:Mrs. Mochan must decide whether to save Mr. Fiore or Mr. Moushey from the evil Osenarbeast.
  • Man v. Man
  • Man v. Nature
  • Man v. Society
  • Man v. Self
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