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Conflict and Characterization

Internal Conflict

a struggle in a character's heart or mind

External Conflict

a struggle between a character and an outside force; there are many different types

Man vs. self

where the main of a story has a problem or struggle with him or herself

Man vs. Man

where the conflict arises between 2 or more characters

Man vs. Society

where a main character thinks differently from society or the norm; believing or behaving in a way that is different what is expected and accepted in that society

Man vs. Nature

where a character have to fight against the forces of nature

Man vs. Fate

where a character tries to break away and be free from some predestined path or destiny; can be a conflict between fate and free will

Man vs. Supernatural

where a character or characters fight against elements outside the natural realm


the way a writer reveals the personality of a character

Compare and Contrast

finding similarities and differences between 2 things

Cause and Effect

determining the reason something happens as well as the result of that cause; the cause happens first and the event happens after; events in a plot are often connected by cause and effect

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