What is internal conflict and external conflict?
In literature and drama (plays) internal conflict is defined by Dictionary.com 21st Century Lexicon as a struggle taking place within the hero's or protagonist's mind. The resolution of an internal is a new understanding or a dynamic change for the hero or protagonist (in some literature the main character doesn't fit the standard definition of hero and so is termed the protagonist; Hemingway often has protagonists instead of heroes). The internal category of conflict is called man vs. self. External conflict is defined as a struggle between the hero or protagonist against another person, elements of nature or some other external force. Six external categories of external conflict are recognized: man vs, nature; man vs. man;man vs. environment;man vs. God; man vs. the supernatural; man vs. machine.
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