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For all the students participating in this blog, today we’ll be learning the difference between internal and external conflict in a book. Internal conflict is what’s bugging the protagonist on the inside. External conflict is the fight that’s going on in the character’s world.
For example, in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry struggles with both internal and external conflicts:
- His internal conflict: Why do I have to grow up without parents?
- His external conflict: Voldemort wants the sorcerer’s stone, and I have to stop him.
If you still don’t understand internal and external conflict, even after that lovely and inspiring example, please click on some of the links I’ve provided. They should help.
Now for today’s challenge!
- Write a question about your protagonist’s conflict.
- Write an answer about the conflict in your classic novel.
- Make sure you use either the term “internal conflict” or the term “external conflict” in either your question or your answer.
- Use a quote from the book to prove you understand which type of conflict you’re dealing with.
- Don’t forget to give the name of your book and its author.
Need another example? How about a list? Here, look this over:–but be warned. There are Harry Potter SPOILERS in this post. If you haven’t read all of the Harry Potter books, READ NO FURTHER…
EXTERNAL CONFLICTS–these are flesh-and-blood battles that happen to a character’s physical person.
- Harry fights off dementors as they try to suck the soul out of his godfather, Sirius Black.
- Harry plays hard, trying to win at quidditch.
- Harry fights off a dragon.
- Harry casts spells against his archenemy, Voldemort.
INTERNAL CONFLICTS–these are battles within a character’s mind, fighting off unwanted emotions and changing through painful experiences.
- Harry feels insecure around the Dursleys, because they favor his cousin Dudley over himself.
- Harry feels jealous when he sees Dean kissing Ginny Weasley.
- Harry worries that he won’t be able to defeat Voldemort when the time comes.
- Harry believes he’s unworthy of the title of “Triwizard Champion” because his friend Cedric was killed during the tournament.