Internal conflict

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In literature, internal conflict is the struggle occurring within a character's mind. As opposed to external conflict, in which a character is grappling some force outside of him or herself, the dilemma posed by an internal conflict is usually some ethical or emotional question. Indicators of internal conflict would be a character's hesitation or self-posing questions like "what was it I did wrong?".[1]

Most novels incorporate some degree of internal conflict in one character or another, but certain works like The Red Badge of Courage feature it prominently in the story.[2] The protagonist in that story is constantly questioning his own self-worth and the borders of morality.

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  1. ^ Rector, Melissa. "Conflict in Literature". Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
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 A problem inside a characters heart/ mind.