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An internal conflict is the struggle occurring within a character's mind. Things such as the character views 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 not 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?". An internal conflict can also be a decision-making issue.
The term "internal conflict" is also widely used to describe a military conflict within a nation, such as a civil war. An internal conflict is a non-international conflict. It can be because of political, economic or religious causes.
- Rector, Melissa. "Conflict in Literature". Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 16 September 2013.[unreliable source?]
- THE [United Nations] SECURITY COUNCIL, PEACEKEEPING AND INTERNAL CONFLICT AFTER THE COLD WAR, MATS R. BERDAL. Example of "internal conflict" for a civil war.
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