Conflict in literature is an important literarydevice. Conflict, in literature, is a struggle between opposing things. Withoutconflict, the story would not really have a purpose or reason.
It is one of themain compelling forces to a story. Conflict helps with character development. Intenseevents allow the readers to see how the character adapt and learn. Conflict isneeded to keep the story interesting to the reader. It adds tension to a storyas well as worst case scenarios that could occur. Conflict keeps the readerinterested and reading.
Internal conflict is a conflict within acharacter in a story. Usually, it is a mental struggle from opposite desires orimpulses. It might be an emotional struggle, such as fear. Internal conflict isused to help readers relate to a character more, showing that everyone hasflaws and struggles. On the other hand, external conflict is an issue betweenone or more characters and other characters.
Also, external conflict can bewith a character and an outside force. It can add disrupt between characterswho are supposed to be working together. It is used mainly to create cleartension that the reader can easily point out. In Dayof the Butterfly, both internal and external conflict is used strategicallyby the author to create tension and a desire for resolution. The authorintroduces a few different conflicts in this story.
One of the main externalconflicts is between Myra and the other kids at her school. They bully her and puther down because she has to help out her little brother. The conflict isdeveloped further when the teacher tells the girls in Myra’s grade to treatMyra nicely and to play with her. This creates some internal conflict for someof the characters. For the narrator, it created an internal conflict betweenbeing nice to Myra and being popular. Tension is added when Myra stops showingup to school.
The conflict between the girls and Myra is continued further becauseMiss Darling asks the girls to go and celebrate with Myra in the hospital. Theyall bullied her, but are now expected to be kind. Instead of caring about Myra,the girls found this as a way to become more popular. That was part of theinternal conflict for the narrator, to be kind or be popular. These twoconflicts are resolved when the girls go to the hospital and are truly kind toMyra.
The external conflict is solved because the girls stop bullying Myra, andtreat her with respect. The internal conflict, in Helen, the narrator isresolved because she finally decides to be nice to Myra over being popular.