Ulrich von Gradwitz's change of heart is motivated initially by his struggle against nature, which is an external conflict, and then by his conflict of conscience, an internal struggle.
While von Gradwitz is patrolling his coveted strip of woodland in search of the "poacher" Georg Znaeym, whose family has never accepted the court ruling that this land no longer belongs to them, Ulrich suddenly comes face-to-face with his mortal enemy. In that brief moment of civilized hesitation before shooting each other, a force of Nature creates an external conflict for the men when lightning strikes the huge beech tree under which they stand. Suddenly, they are pinioned beneath large, heavy branches.
While they lie victim to the force of the storm,...
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