Types of Conflict

What is conflict?
  • a struggle between opposing forces
What are the major types of conflict present in Romeo and Juliet?
  • There are four main types of conflict present in Romeo and Juliet:
  • Man versus Man-External conflict that pits one person against another.
  • Man versus Nature- External Conflict. A run-in with the forces of nature. On the one hand, it expresses the insignificance of a single human life in the cosmic scheme of things. On the other hand, it tests the limits of a person's strength and will to live.
  • Man versus Society- External Conflict. The values and customs by which everyone else lives are being challenged. The character may come to an untimely end as a result of his or her own convictions. The character may, on the other hand, bring others around to a sympathetic point of view, or it may be decided that society was right after all.
  • Man versus Self- Internal Conflict. Not all conflict involves other people. Sometimes people are their own worst enemies. An internal conflict is a good test of a character's values. Does he give in to temptation or rise above it? Does he demand the most from himself or settle for something less? Does he even bother to struggle? The internal conflicts of a character and how they are good clues to the character's inner strength.
Remember, there is often more than one kind of conflict taking place at the same time.