External Conflict

by Marck
(new york)

Question: Can a man's age be an external conflict, such as the man not being able to fight as well as he did when he was young?

Answer: More likely, the external conflict will be between the man and the person/people he has to fight.

The man's internal conflict may be about how to cope with the fact that his physical abilities are not what they used to be. Does he withdraw from fighting? Does he push himself harder? Does he find alternative strategies to win if brute strength is no longer where his advantage lies?

An aging body may be a character's symptom (where he thinks his difficulty stems from), or it may be his problem (the real cause of his difficulties which he may not be willing to admit). Or it simply may be the circumstances of the story.

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