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Conflict and Characterization

Internal Conflicts

a struggle with the characters 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 character in the story has a problem or struggle with him and herself

Man vs Man

where the conflict arises between 2 or more characters

Man vs Society

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

Man vs Nature

where a character or characters 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 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:
a. By describing how a character looks or dresses
b. By letting us "hear" the character speak
c. By showing us how the character acts
d. By letting us know the character's thoughts and feelings
e. By revealing what other characters in the story think or say about the character
f. By directly describing the character's personality

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 the event happens after; events in a plot are often connected by cause an effect

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