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Rick Riordan's protagonist, in Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightening Thief, faces many conflicts.
Internal Conflict- Internal conflict is a conflict one has within their own being. It is referred to as man verses self.
Percy faces internal conflict in the novel. The fact that he has never met his real father and hates his stepfather both pose internal problems (conflicts) for Percy. Percy also has ADHD and dyslexia.
External Conflict- External conflict is the conflict one faces against outside forces. These are denoted as man verses man, man verses nature and man verses supernatural.
Percy faces many external conflicts. He must face the supernatural (when his algebra teacher turns into a winged beast and when his mother is attacked by the Minotaur).
Percy must possess different characteristics in order to face his challenges and succeed. In regards to his ADHD and dyslexia, Percy must dig deep down indie himself to focus on issues at hand without getting sidetracked.
As for his external conflicts, Percy (after finding out that he is the son of Poseidon) accepts his role as a god and trains (both physically and mentally).
Essentially, Percy possesses the power (both mental and physical) to be a hero. His heroic characteristics are great strength and fighting ability. These characteristics are necessary for him to face his conflicts.
He has to force himself to concentrate on the issues at hand. He is resilient.
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