Internal and External Conflict?I need to know that the Internal and External conflict between the characters The King, The Courtier, and The Tiger is in the story "The Lady or...

Internal and External Conflict?

I need to know that the Internal and External conflict between the characters The King, The Courtier, and The Tiger is in the story "The Lady or the Tiger?" by Francis Richard Stockton. Please help me!

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Lori Steinbach | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If you've read this story, "The Lady or the Tiger?," and understand what each of these types of conflict is, this is not a difficult question.  Think about each character and ask yourself if he/she has any inner conflict or if something is in conflict with him/her.  For example, the King appears to have no conflict of any kind.  He says it, it happens.  He has no hesitation in sentencing his daughter's lover to a possible death, an act he justifies by explaining it away as fate or chance.  His daughter, however, experiences all kinds of conflict.  She has disobeyed the laws of the land, apparently, by loving this young man.  That's an external conflict.  She has to really work to find the secret of the doors--another external conflict.  For the Princess, though, the conflict is primarily internal: should she let the man she loves marry a woman she hates, or should she let him die so no one else can have him.  That is her dilemma, which I'm confident you can explore on your own.  As for the courtier, he has clearly broken a law (or at least offended the King), which is an external conflict.  He doesn't appear to have much conflict when it comes to choosing a door, however--something else you can explore as a potential internal conflict.  Any conflict with the tiger is obvious, so I'll let you do that one on your own.  This should be enough to get you started.

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