Course 6—Lecture

LitCourse 6
How to Read: Plot



External conflict: pits characters against . . .
other characters
the community—its people, ideals, or traditions
nations or other political structures
nature—weather, disease, natural landscapes, or natural disasters.
Internal conflict: a struggle within a character
psychological, emotional, or spiritual turmoil

Authors frequently use a combination of internal and external conflict in the same story.

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