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  1. Conflict in Literature

  2. By the end of this lesson, you will be able to: • identify CONFLICT as it appears in literature. • distinguish between Internal and External CONFLICT • place CONFLICT into one of four subcategories.

  3. Main Menu • Internal Conflict • External Conflict • Review (complete above sections first)

  4. Internal Conflict Definition: A struggle that takes place in a character's mind is called internal conflict.

  5. Internal Conflict is … • NOT a visual or tangible opposition. • a character dealing with his or her own mixed feelings or emotions.

  6. In Internal Conflict . . . • A character may have to decide between right and wrong or between two solutions to a problem. • A character may be wrestling with a moral dilemma or suffering from guilt because of a bad decision

  7. Internal ConflictSubcategory • Man v. Himself Internal conflict is often referred to as “Man v. Himself” because the struggle is from within.

  8. Man v. Himself Examples • Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List—wrestled with his decisions to aid the Jewish people in Nazi Germany. • Rainsford vs. his fear of being killed. • The character of Juno in the movie “Juno.” Juno had an inward struggle over whether she would keep her baby or put it up for adoption.

  9. Quiz Time • Now you’re ready to take a quiz!

  10. Internal Conflict Quiz • Question 1: Internal conflict is NOT: a. visible b. difficult c. serious

  11. RIGHT!! GOOD JOB! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! Question #2 Question #3 Main Menu

  12. Wrong • Go back and review! Back To Beginning

  13. Internal Conflict Quiz • Question 2: An example of Internal Conflict is: a. Rainsford and his own fear b. Tom Hanks' character v. the island in "Castaway“ c. Batman v. The Joker

  14. Internal Conflict Quiz • Question 3: Internal conflict is often referred to as: a. man vs. man b. man vs. himself c. man vs. external forces

  15. External Conflict Definition: A struggle between a character and an outside force is an external conflict.

  16. In 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.

  17. External ConflictSubcategories Man v. Man Man v. Nature Man v. Society

  18. Man vs. Man • This is mostly seen in the form of two characters against each other. • It can also be represented by a group of people. • It does not have to be a physical confrontation; it can be a battle between two ideas.

  19. Man vs. Man Examples • Roadrunner v. Coyote • Batman v. The Joker • Rainsford vs. General Zaroff

  20. Man vs. Nature • Nature could be called environment--it is defined as anything surrounding a person. • This can include weather, objects, activities. • Basically anything external EXCEPT people.

  21. Man vs. Nature Examples • Tom Hanks in Castaway • the Firemen in Backdraft • Rainsford v. the Jungle

  22. Man v. Society • Society refers to a larger entity in conflict with the character • Examples of societal conflict include religious, ethnic and politcal groups • Can involve oppression, civil disobedience, or war

  23. Man v. Society Examples • Rosa Parks--the black woman who refused to move to the back of the bus during the civil rights movement. • Timothy McVeigh-Oklahoma City Bombing • Equality 7-2521 in Anthem

  24. External Conflict • Now you’re ready to take a quiz….

  25. External Conflict Quiz • Question 1: Which is NOT an example of external conflict? a. other characters b. forces of nature c. decisions

  26. RIGHT! • KEEP GOING! • YOU’RE DOING GREAT! Question #2 Question #3 Question #4 Main Menu

  27. Sorry. Try Again. • Back up and review. Back to the Beginning

  28. External Conflict Quiz • Question 2: One subcategory of external conflict is: a. man vs. man b. man vs. himself c. man vs. literature

  29. External Conflict Quiz • Question 3: Rainsford being stuck in quicksand is an example of: a. Man v. Man b. Man v. Nature c. Man v. Himself

  30. External Conflict Quiz • Question 4: A conflict can be categorized as Man vs. Society when: a. there is a physical confrontation. b. a character is struggling with religious discrimination c. the protagonist struggles with a moral dilemma

  31. ConflictQuick Review

  32. CONGRATULATIONS … You have completed this lesson! Back to Beginning Now what?

  33. Keep your notes for a quiz….. in the VERY near future! Start Over