Evil Kermit

Conflict is “the struggle that grows out of the interplay of two opposing forces. Conflict provides interest, suspense, and tension. At least one of the opposing forces is customarily a person. This person, usually the protagonist, may be involved in conflicts of four different kinds:

(1) a struggle against nature

(2) a struggle against another person, usually the antagonist

(3) a struggle against society

(4) a struggle for mastery by two elements within the person”

A Handbook to Literature, 11th edition, by William Harmon

The Literary Web


Conflict Characterization Plot Point of View Setting Tone Theme Figurative Language Main Assertion Sub Assertions Explanation Examples