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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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Conflicts in The Lightning Thief

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The Lightning Thief features several conflicts, including Percy Jackson's internal struggle with his identity and his external battles against mythological creatures. Additionally, there are broader conflicts involving the stolen lightning bolt, which sparks tensions among the gods, and Percy's quest to prevent a war between them.

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In chapter 15 of The Lightning Thief, what is the conflict and is it external or internal?

The conflict in chapter 15 of The Lightning Thief is external. Percy, Annabeth, and Grover meet Ares, the god of war, and for a while, he makes them all feel angry and full of conflict. Finally, Ares talks Percy, Annabeth, and Grover into going to Waterland to retrieve Ares's shield. But the quest turns out to be a trap, and Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are almost caught in a magical metallic net made by Hephaestus to catch Ares with his wife. When tiny metallic spiders appear, they are all in danger, and Annabeth especially is creeped out by the spiders. Finally, Percy uses his power over water as a son of Poseidon, making it pour out of the pipes and short circuit the spiders. However, they still need to get out of the place on the Tunnel of Love boat, and just as they think they are close to escaping, they realize that the gates are chained and they will be smashed on them. Using Annabeth's knowledge of physics, she, Percy, and Grover jump out of the ride and to safety. They now know that Ares had more in mind than just asking for their help in getting his shield back, so the conflict is with Ares.

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In chapter 15 of The Lightning Thief, what is the conflict and is it external or internal?

In chapter 15 of The Lightning Thief, the conflict is that Ares asks them to retrieve his shield, which lands them in a dangerous situation in the water park. This is an external conflict that occurs between the three main characters and external forces. However, one could also argue that there is an element of internal conflict, as Ares dangles the prospect of helping Percy’s mother in front of them and Percy is torn between his dislike of Ares, his goal of staying on top of the original quest, and the possibility that Ares might be able to help him save his mother.

Ares approaches the three half-bloods in the diner and requests a “favor,” which is that they retrieve his shield at an abandoned water park. Although Grover and Annabeth recognize the potential danger, the three characters realize that they should comply with Ares’s request, especially since Ares is as powerful as he is and because he hints that he can help Percy save his mom.

They find the water park and break in. Ares’s girlfriend, Aphrodite, is married to Hephaestus, the blacksmith who was crippled as a baby when Zeus threw him off of Mount Olympus. Annabeth warns Percy and Grover that “Hephaestus is always trying to embarrass” Ares and his wife Aphrodite.

When they see Ares’s shield to retrieve it for him, Percy sets off a trap that Hephaestus had set for Ares. However, they manage to escape the trap and get to safety.

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In chapter 15 of The Lightning Thief, what is the conflict and is it external or internal?

In literature, an external conflict is a struggle that takes place between a character and an outside force. There are several different types of external conflicts, which include man vs. man, man vs. nature, and man vs. society. In contrast, an internal conflict concerns a psychological struggle within the mind of a character.

In chapter 15, Percy Jackson and his friends experience an external conflict, which is caused by an outside force and does not concern their conflicting internal emotions. The outside forces they struggle against involve Hephaestus's trap and Ares's manipulative tactics to retrieve his shield.

After speaking to Ares at a diner, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover learn that they must retrieve Ares's shield from an abandoned waterpark before they continue their journey. At the waterpark, the three friends discover Ares's shield inside a boat leading to the Tunnel of Love, where Ares took Aphrodite on a date. Aphrodite is married to Hephaestus, who is continually trying to catch her cheating on him with Ares. Once Percy and Annabeth reach the boat, the Cupid statues surrounding the pool shoot their arrows across the bowl, trapping them inside. Percy and Annabeth are forced to overcome Hephaestus's ingenious trap as mechanical spiders crawl out of the pipes towards them. Fortunately, Percy is able to summon water into the abandoned ride and escape Hephaestus's trap with Ares's shield.

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In chapter 15 of The Lightning Thief, what is the conflict and is it external or internal?

In chapter 15 of Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, the conflict the heroes face is an external one: in trying to retrieve Ares's shield, Percy, Annabeth, and Grover accidentally spring a trap set by Hephaestus. The heroes have to fight their way out of the pool and past the mechanical spiders that are attempting to trap them.

A conflict is external if it is caused by forces outside of the character's mind. Internal conflicts are centered in a character's mind and do not have physical or external components. They can be summed up as "character vs. self." In this chapter, we can see that Percy is not battling himself, but rather mechanized weapons. We can, therefore, conclude that this struggle is external.

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In chapter 15 of The Lightning Thief, what is the conflict and is it external or internal?

The conflict in this chapter is an external one: Percy, Annabeth, and Grover are at an abandoned water park, trying to retrieve Ares's shield, as he's asked Percy to do.  However, when Percy grabs it from a boat at the bottom of an empty pool, he sets off a trap that they believe Hephaestus, Aphrodite's husband, prepared to catch his wife and Ares, her lover, having an affair.  The cupids stationed around the pool shoot arrows that pull threads that begin to attach together to make a net over the pool; this net traps them in.  Then, while they are trapped, tiny, mechanical spiders come out of the pipes and threaten to bite them or worse.  Percy commands the water to flow from the pipes, overwhelming the spiders with a deluge and pushing the little boat through the tunnel and out of the pool.  He and Annabeth leap to safety (Grover wasn't in the pool with them).  The conflict between the three young folks and Hephaestus's trap almost spelled disaster!

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What are the internal and external conflicts faced by characters in The Lightning Thief?

Percy Jackson's primary internal conflicts concern his insecurities regarding his own abilities and his strained relationship with his father, Poseidon. Before discovering his true identity, Percy struggles in school and is extremely insecure about his disabilities. After being diagnosed with dyslexia and ADHD, Percy develops self-esteem issues. As the novel progresses, Percy discovers that he was not exactly disabled; his brain was simply hard-wired to understand Greek, which explains his difficulty reading. After discovering that Poseidon is his father, Percy desperately tries to earn his father's respect and admiration. Percy struggles to form a relationship with his father and cope with his complex feelings regarding their relationship.

Percy Jackson experiences many external conflicts throughout the story as he battles intimidating monsters, Furies, and gods. With the help of Annabeth, Grover, and his sword Riptide, Percy Jackson is able to survive his quest by returning Hades's helm and the master bolt to Zeus.

Annabeth is the daughter of Athena, whose internal conflict concerns her struggle to impress her mother and live up to her high expectations. Annabeth also struggles with her decision to view Percy as either a friend or an enemy, which stems from Athena's tense relationship with Poseidon. Similar to Percy, Annabeth experiences the same external conflicts as she fights monsters and demons alongside Percy and Grover.

Grover's primary internal conflict concerns overcoming his traumatic past. Grover failed at his first assignment and struggles with self-esteem issues. He also struggles to reach his potential by earning his searcher's license. As a Satyr, Grover's primary external conflict involves protecting Percy from mythological creatures and hostile gods.

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What are the internal and external conflicts faced by characters in The Lightning Thief?

In Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, there are three main characters: Percy, Annabeth, and Grover. Each of them has different conflicts they deal with in the text.

Percy deals with many external conflicts by doing things like learning to sword fight, mastering his Poseidon-like powers, and overcoming the minions and allies of Hades. Some of the most critical external conflicts are when Percy faces Gorgons at the beginning of his journey and when he fights against Ares, the god of war, after learning that Ares is in on the plot to cause a war between the "Big Three" gods.

Percy has some internal conflicts as well, such as his poor relationship with his father and his lack of confidence in himself. Percy has been a screw-up most of his life, but his demigod status, which is responsible for his dyslexia, ADHD, and failure in school, is kept hidden from him to protect him. He struggles with an inferiority complex through most of the book and only comes into his own through the journey of all five books in the series. He also struggles because he is angry at his father, who never contacted him, but still has to try to help him so the world won’t be launched into war.

Annabeth faces similar external conflicts to Percy, as she goes on the same adventure. She isn’t as strong physically as he is, but she uses her wits (a gift of Athena) to help overcome many of the same challenges.

Annabeth has a different internal conflict. She wants to prove herself, to make her mother proud, and to distinguish herself as a hero. She is jealous of Percy, who gets the offer of a quest, when she has been waiting for a quest for a long time. She also struggles because she knows that her feelings for Percy are against the rivalry that exists between Athena and Posiden.

Grover is unique because he is not a demigod but a Satyr. His external conflict revolves around trying to keep Percy safe through the beginning of the story and attempting to help Percy on the quest despite not being a warrior.

Internally, Grover is struggling with his failures from the past—specifically that he didn’t keep Thalia safe when bringing her to Camp Halfblood. That failure haunts him, and the possibility of failing again causes him stress throughout the adventure.

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What are the internal and external conflicts faced by characters in The Lightning Thief?

The internal and external conflicts are wrapped up together in The Lightning Thief. Percy begins the novel as an insecure boy seen as a misfit and mess-up by most of the authority figures in his life. He has ADD and dyslexia. He feels like an outsider in his own home despite his loving relationship with his mother. However, he learns these so-called defects are actually hidden strengths that come from being a demigod: his dyslexia is a symptom of his brain being hard-wired to read ancient Greek, for example.

Percy overcomes his inner turmoil through external conflicts. During his quest to save his mother and retrieve the lightning bolt, he faces down monsters and even other gods. He realizes his own strengths and develops as a person through his trials, using his wits to defeat Medusa, for instance. By the end of the novel, Percy must even oppose Luke, an older boy he assumed was his friend and even viewed as an older brother figure.

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What are the internal and external conflicts faced by characters in The Lightning Thief?

In The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson faces many external conflicts, primarily from Zeus, who believes that he is involved with the theft of Zeus’s lightning bolt. The other gods who side with Zeus try to hinder him at every step. Medusa, who resents Percy for his father Poseidon’s rejection of her, tries to turn him into stone to become part of her collection. In St. Louis, Percy battles the Chimera in the Arch. Hades accused Percy of stealing his Helm of Darkness. Percy eventually discovers that it is Ares, the god of war, who has the stolen items. These conflicts require Percy’s ingenuity to battle them and retrieve the lightning bolt.

Percy’s inner conflicts stem from his discovery that his father is Poseidon, who had abandoned Percy’s mother soon after Percy was born. He resents Poseidon’s desertion, leaving him to be raised by his mother and his odious step-father. It is his task to come to accept his position as a Half-Blood, even though it means his father will not always be readily available. Percy’s ADD and his dyslexia are caused by his half-god ancestry. These have caused him to have constant trouble in school. By accepting this “handicaps,” Percy learns to use them as his strengths against the outer conflicts that he faces.

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