Forms of Conflict, Part 1: Man vs. Society

>>> . Well-known examples of Man versus Society stories are tales such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington*, To Kill A Mockingbird*, or even the X-Men films*. In each of these stories you have an individual or a group acting to bring about a change of some kind in society. For Mr. Smith it is a fight against corruption in the U.S. Senate; To Kill a Mockingbird’s plot shows a lawyer fighting racism on behalf of his client, and the X-Men are literally fighting for peaceful coexistence between humans and mutants.

>>> It is only to point out that Cameron and others like him have come to rely on this type of narrative so much that they no longer stop to think about how it works or how to make it better. They have stopped acknowledging reality in their stories and that makes said stories fall flatter than shadows, which have slightly more substance than these types of movies and tales do now.

Little sample of the basic theme– quotes are paragraphs apart.

A Song of Joy by Caroline Furlong

Previously, we discussed conflict – its definition and how to build it in a story. This article and the following ones will delve into types of conflict, an idea that was prompted by a discussion I had with Foxfier in the comments here. It brought to mind the idea that the kinds of conflict which authors rely on ought to be fleshed out more so writers could see and consider them in some depth. That way, they would know what to aim for in their various stories.

A great part of this is Foxfier’s point that if you narrow the conflict too much you end up hamstringing yourself as a writer. If you must write a report for school about a book you read, then this narrowing helps to focus you on the point you need to make to earn your grade. However, while such contraction is useful for…

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Author: Foxfier

Former sailor, current geek, conservative, mother and practicing Catholic. Refugee from the Seattle blob. (No, we DIDN'T vote for those taxes!) Elf is my husband, our kids are Princess, Duchess, Baron, Empress, Chief, the Contessa, and the 7th Son.

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