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Conflict is the struggle between opposing forces in a story. Every story must have a conflict to make it interesting. Most stories have more than one type of conflict, although generally there will be one main conflict which drives the story.
INTERNAL CONFLICT: Occurs within a character’s mind
Individual vs. Himself-In this type of conflict, a character struggles with something within himself. It may be a fear he/she must overcome, a new skill he/she attempts to acquire, an emotion he/she must deal with.
For example: a man afraid of flying, a child struggling to learn to read, a woman’s jealousy
EXTERNAL CONFLICT: Occurs outside of a character Individual vs. Individual-In this type of conflict, a character struggles against another character. This struggle can be mental or physical.
For example: a man and woman involved in a bitter divorce, two fighters in a boxing ring
Individual vs. Nature-In this type of conflict, a character struggles against a force of nature: weather, animals, etc.
For example: a man crossing a desert, an attack of wild dogs, a hurricane hits a town
Individual vs. Fate-In this type of conflict, a character struggles against his/her destiny
For example: a condemned man trying to get a stay of execution, going back in time to try to change events which have already occurred
Individual vs. Society-In this type of conflict, a character struggles against a force in the society he/she lives in.
For example: someone struggles against poverty, someone of a low class in life struggles against someone of wealth and power, someone with a criminal record struggles to get a job
Individual vs. Supernatural-In this type of conflict, a character struggles against forces which are above and beyond what is considered normal.
For example: fighting UFO’s, struggling against an evil witch
CONFLICT IN Mississippi Trial, 1955
The main conflict in Mississippi Trial, 1955 is individual vs. fate. We know what will happen to Emmett Till. We know this fate cannot be reversed, no matter how much we want it to be.
In addition to this main conflict, there are several other conflicts in the novel. Find examples of these additional types of conflict from Mississippi Trial, 1955.
- INDIVIDUAL VS. HIMSELF or HERSELF
- INDIVIDUAL VS. INDIVIDUAL
- INDIVIDUAL VS. SOCIETY
- INDIVIDUAL VS. NATURE
About this Document
This is a review of the different types of conflict and how they relate to MISSISSIPPI TRIAL, 1955.