Discussion of Conflict and Climax
Conflicts are the problems or struggles in a novel.Many conflicts can be grouped as the following:
Man vs. man – This is a conflict or a problem between two forces, usually people.It can be a physical or verbal conflict or fight. For example, two boys can be fighting over dating a girl.
Man vs. himself -- This is a conflict that a character has within him or herself. A character can be trying to make a major life changing decision or trying to decide between right and wrong. For example, a girl needs to decide if she wants to stop being friends with one girl because her other friends don’t like her.
Man vs. society -- This is a conflict where a character does not conform to society or cultural rules. The character may not dress or act like everyone else and struggles to find his or her niche in society. Or, a character may be different and the members of the community fight against him or her. For example, a character may want to shave off her hair. This may cause students in her school to harass her.
Man vs. nature – This is a conflict between the character and “mother nature." The character may face a hurricane, blizzard, freezing night, etc. For example, a young man may get separated from his hiking party and spends the night out in the woods in freezing rain.
Man vs. fate – This is a conflict between what is to be and what the character wants his or life to be. Some stories portray fate as God’s will. For example, a character feels that his fate is to become a warrior. He may try to change it by leaving his homeland.
The climax is the turning point of the novel.It is usually midway in the novel; however, it can come later or earlier.