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Types of conflict

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Types of Conflict in Narratives

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Types of conflict

  1. 1. Conflict Exploring the Types of Conflict in Narratives
  2. 2. What is CONFLICT? In literature, a conflict is a literary element that involves a struggle between two opposing forces usually a protagonist and an antagonist.
  3. 3. Why is CONFLICT important?  Conflict is important to literature because it provides the basic materials for the construction of the plot.  Without conflict nothing would happen.  Also, the conflict within a piece may be central to the author's view of life or the point he or she is trying to make.
  4. 4. MAN vs. MAN A character struggles with another character. The classic “good guy” vs. “bad guy situation.
  5. 5. MAN vs. NATURE A character struggles with a force of nature (natural disaster, desolation, animal, etc.) Usually, the character is struggling to survive.
  6. 6. MAN vs. SOCIETY  A character or a group of characters fight against the society in which they live.  The character fights against social traditions or rules (fight for freedom, rights, for a cause, etc.)  Society becomes a “character” of its own
  7. 7. MAN vs. SOCIETY
  8. 8. MAN vs. SELF  The character’s struggle takes place in his/her own mind.  Usually has something to do with a choice (choosing between right and wrong), or it may have to do with overcoming emotions or mixed feelings.
  9. 9. OTHER TYPES OF CONFLICT  MAN vs. SUPERNATURAL A character fights with gods, ghosts, monsters, spirits, aliens, etc.  MAN vs. FATE A character fights against their destiny; fight for a choice.  MAN vs. TECHNOLOGY A character struggles or fights with machines, computers, etc.
  10. 10. Homework Assignment Identify one of the conflicts present in A Raisin in the Sun and write a 500 word essay elaborating on the conflict and the significance to the play. Due midnight Thursday, June 25th
  11. 11. Bibliography • "7 Types of Narrative Conflict." Daily Writing Tips. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 June 2015. • "Types of Conflict That Can Be Found in a Narrative." Education. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 June 2015. • "Selma Movie CLIP - Give Us the Vote (2015) - David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey Movie HD." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 21 June 2015. • "[HD] Hereafter (2010) - Realistic Tsunami Scene." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 21 June 2015. • The Wolverine - Extended Train Fight Scene." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 21 June 2015.