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What are some external conflicts in "The Outsiders"?

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mhmharper | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 2, 2012 at 8:46 PM via web

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What are some external conflicts in "The Outsiders"?

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mhmharper | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted August 2, 2012 at 9:01 PM (Answer #1)

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Can you give me 2 more external conflicts?

 

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npoore84 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted August 2, 2012 at 8:52 PM (Answer #2)

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An external conflict is one in which a character has a conflict with other people in the story or nature itself. In the Outsiders, Ponyboy's parents are both dead and have to struggle to pay the bills and make ends meet for each other. Eventually Ponyboy learns that he must make a choice of continuing to act in a violent way or choose to make better choices. In a sense this can be seen as an internal conflict; yet he has to make external choices when he is confronted with other decision. 

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