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Person VS. Self The inner conflict
‘Inner Conflict’ Defintion: - emotional disturbance resulting from a clash of opposing impulses or from an inability to reconcile contradictions with realist or moral considerations, a fight or struggle "selves" within one-self. Inner gesture a motion expressing a certain emotion. • It is one of the most base conflicts of the hero, when they must go through an emotional struggle that tests their courage and will-power. • It is something that may influence the actions of the hero throughout the story or even hold them back in some way from doing something they feel or know they must do. Eventually they realise that only they can overcome this conflict. • It is important to the story because it shows character development. It shows that the character is human; with human flaws, fears and problems that they must overcome to complete their quest.
The Different Kinds of Inner ‘Self’ • True Self The ‘true’ self that the reluctant hero must become by the end of the quest. They may struggle to do the right thing, or find it hard to accept or understand the weight of their responsibility. • False/Negative Self The self that is depicted as the negative or anti- of the hero because they manifest the hero’s negative qualities. This self may show through experiences of temptation, guilt, fear or regret. • Influenced/Other Self Person is conflicted with a self governed by law, duty or other condition that conflicts with their own morality.
The True Self Batman – Bruce Wayne • Bruce Wayne’s inner conflicts are his fears of bats, darkness and corrupted power. • To become his true self he embraced his fear of bat, literally becoming his own fear in a sense. Avatar: The Last Airbender - Aang • Aang’s inner conflict is having to accept his destiny to become the Avatar and find a way to defeat the Fire Lord to restore balance to the world. • To become the Avatar, he first accpets that it is his destiny and he masters the four elements (Air, Fire, Earth and Water) as well as the avatar state.
The Negative Self Bleach – Ichigo • Ichigo is conflicted by a darker and seemingly much stronger self that manifests as almost an entirely different being to Ichigo. The Legend of Zelda - Link • Link enters a fight with an enemy that looks identical and moves incredibly similarly to Link. This enemy, although technically a different being, can be described as Link’s dark self and thus a part of him.
The Influenced/Other Self Les Miserables – Javert • His personal conflict arises when he feels torn between his duty to uphold the law and his humanity towards the man who saved his life but to whom he swore to hunt down and arrest. Memento – Leonard • • His personal conflict is dealing with shortterm memory loss; a mental illness. He deals with this conflict by tattooing on himself hints, phrases and instructions to help him to solve a case.