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Conflict • Conflict: – A struggle between opposing forces – Characters in conflict form the basis for novels, short stories, and plays. • Two kinds of conflict: – Internal – External
Conflict • External Conflicts: – The main character struggles against an outside force. • • Person vs. Nature Person vs. Unknown Person vs. Society
Man vs. Man • An example of an External Conflict – Two characters fighting against each other
Man vs. Man • Dodge Ball: – In this film, Peter Le Flure owns a gym, and his arch enemy, White Goodman, threatens to take over Peter’s failing business. – The entire plot is centered around the Peter vs. White conflict.
Man vs. Man • Other popular examples include: – Wyle Coyote vs. Road Runner – “A Visit to Grandmother’s” – Batman vs. Joker – Austin Powers vs. Dr. Evil
Man vs. Nature • Another example of an External Conflict – Individuals fighting against nature… • The elements of nature – Weather – Wilderness – Etc • Illness • Aging
Man vs. Nature • Survivor – On this popular television show, individuals are forced to survive in the wilderness. Contestants are given the bare essentials for survival, and they must survive the weather, harsh conditions, and occasionally animals. – What other types of conflict do contestants on Survivor face?
Man vs. Nature • Other popular examples include: – – Bruce Almighty Hatchet Lost “With All Flags Flying”
Man vs. Unknown • Is considered an External Conflict but usually prompts an Internal Conflict by raising questions – This conflict encompasses: • Man vs. Supernatural • Man vs. God – Usually prompts Man vs. Self conflict of either fear or indecisiveness. – In multiple cases it can produce joy – Can have devastating effects
Man vs. The Unknown • Scooby Doo: – In this cartoon, Scooby and the gang are always in conflict with a supernatural being of some sort (or so they think). – After catching the “ghost”, the gang always finds out that the “ghost” is really a human. • At the end of each episode, this Man vs. The Unkown conflict turns into what other type of conflict?
Man vs. Society • A type of External Conflict that centers around a main character’s struggle with social traditions or society as a whole. – Society: a group of individuals living together as a community.
Man vs. Society • Shrek: – In this film the protagonist, a very sweet but physically unattractive ogre, fights to change the kingdom’s mind about ogres…he wants humans to see that ogres aren’t all bad!
Man vs. Society • Other examples include: – – The Wave Borat “Two Friends” Schindler’s List
Conflict • Internal Conflict – Involves a character in conflict with himself or herself.
Man vs. Self • The Water Boy: – Bobby Bouche, a sheltered “mama’s boy”, battles with himself over whether to disobey his mother and play football or obey his mother and remain the water boy for the team.
Man vs. Self • Other Examples: – “Through the Tunnel” – Tommy Boy – George in Of Mice and Men. – Rocky in Rocky Balboa (all six movies center around Rocky’s internal struggle)