An external conflict is a problem, antagonism, or struggle that takes place between a character and an outside force.
External conflict drives the action of a plot forward.
In an external conflict, a character may be struggling against another character, the natural world, or society.
What are some examples of an external conflict?
Types of External Conflict
- Character vs. Character.
- Character vs. Society.
- Character vs. Nature.
- Example #1: Romeo and Juliet (By William Shakespeare)
- Example #2: The Old Man and The Sea (by Earnest Hemingway)
- Example #3: Heart of Darkness (by Joseph Conrad)
- Example #4: Macbeth (by William Shakespeare)
What are the 4 types of external conflict?
External conflicts arise as outward roadblocks to the main character’s success and often provide the motivation for relationships, struggles and the primary action of the plot.
- Man vs. Man. The most common form of external conflict is man vs.
- Man vs. Nature.
- Man vs. Society.
- Man vs. Technology.
- Man vs. Animal.
Why is external conflict important?
In fiction, ‘internal conflict’ refers to a character’s internal struggle. Internal conflict is important for characterization, since flaws and internal struggles make characters more lifelike and sympathetic. External conflict, on the other hand, refers to the conflicts between a character and external forces.
What are the types of internal and external conflicts?
There are two types of conflict in literature:
Internal conflict is within the character’s mind. Internal conflict can be described as a struggle between opposing forces of desire or emotions within a person. External is a conflict between a character and an outside force.