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internal conflict vs. external conflict

[ in-tur-nl kon-flikt ]
  1. psychological struggle within the mind of a literary or dramatic character, the resolution of which creates the plot's suspense: Hamlet's inaction is caused by internal conflict.
  2. mental struggle arising from opposing demands or impulses.
[ ek-stur-nl kon-flikt ]
  1. struggle between a literary or dramatic character and an outside force such as nature or another character, which drives the dramatic action of the plot: external conflict between Macbeth and Macduff.
  2. struggle between a person and an outside force: external conflict between parents and children.

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