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In literature, internal conflict is the struggle occurring within a character's mind. Things such as things the character vies for, but can't quite reach. As opposed to external conflict, in which a character is grappling some force outside of him or herself,such as wars or a chain breaking off a bike, or nor being able to get past a road block.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?".
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. The protagonist in that story is constantly questioning his own self-worth and the borders of morality.
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A problem inside a characters heart/ mind.