the problem or struggle that triggers the action. There are five types of conflict:
Person v. Person: one character in the story has a problem with one or more of the other characters.
Person v. Society: a character has a conflict or problem with society-school, the law, tradition, ect.
Person v. self: a character struggles wit him/herself and has trouble deciding what to do
Person v. nature: a character has a problem with some natural happening: a flood, an avalanche, the bitter cold, ect.
Person v. fate a character has to battle what seems to be an uncontrollable problem.