Conflict is an integral part of literature. Authors build their themes, plot and character traits by positioning characters to handle different conflicts.
Individual vs. self is a conflict that is evident when a person struggles with his/her character and prejudices (asd20.org). It is evident in social media such as facebook where someone may post conflicting issues about themselves and their personalities.
Individual vs. technology conflict is evident when someone uses technology to gain power or technology overtakes issues in the society (asd20.org). For instance, when someone has been obsessed with a certain video game there may be this kind of conflict. Individual vs. society occurs when someone confronts or struggles with laws, cultures, traditions, and institutions. For instance in literature books where the dominant themes are issues where authors confront their cultures, traditions, or laws.
Individual vs. nature occurs when one struggles with things found in nature say an animal (asd20.org). For instance in literature book “Moby Dick”. Individual vs. Individual occurs where one person gains conquest over another. For instance, in literature where one person is portrayed as a hero, and another is a villain (asd20.org). In social media, people attack others by publishing hate messages as retaliatory attacks or pure malice.
Individual vs. individual conflict is very common in the modern day life. People have taken to social media such as facebook and twitter to revenge and damage the reputation of others. Some people use social media to clear their names from wrongdoing or alleged unethical behavior against others. Individual vs. technology conflicts are also very common with people becoming excessively attached to gadgets such as mobile phones, laptops, video games, cars among others.
The conflicts evident in this week’s reading assignments were individual vs. society where authors express dissatisfactions with issues about their societies such as traditions, cultures, laws and institutions.
All fiction in literature is based on conflict, which is presented as plot (nps.gov). Literary conflict can either be internal (taking place inside the body or the mind) or external (taking place outside the body) (austinisd.org). Conflicts create meaning by placing people or characters in interesting situations that provide outcomes such as drama, obstacles, and tension. The resolving of conflicts entails the author to come up with themes and the character traits of the parties involved in a conflict.
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“Elements of Literature” Retrieved 22 December 2014 from http://www.nps.gov/mora/forteachers/upload/background-elements-of-literature_sr.pdf
“Conflicts in Literature” Retrieved 22 December 2014 from http://www.asd20.org/Schools/ems/Teachers/Emily_Snowdon/Language%20Arts%20Documents/Types%20of%20conflict.pdf