Internal Conflict

Topics: Protagonist, Antagonist, Novel Pages: 2 (496 words) Published: June 24, 2013
Write about this type of conflict, using a piece of literature that you have read. Internal Conflict

In most literary pieces there is a fundamental conflict. There are several different types of conflicts, some of which are: character versus another character, character versus nature or any other outside force, and character versus him/her self(emotionally and mentally)- also known as ‘Internal Conflict’. Often, there can be more than one type of conflict in a literary work. I have chosen to discuss the internal conflict in one of my favourite books by Cassandra Clare; City of Fallen Angels.

In my opinion, internal conflict is the most complex of all types of conflicts. There are novels about characters that must physically protect themselves against another person, and also novels where a character must face the dangers of the elements and endure life-threatening situations. For instance, in The Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins, the main character must survive harsh conditions of outside forces to ensure their own safety. However, the most intense and interesting is internal conflict. In Cassandra Clare’s City of Fallen Angels, a young shadow hunter (demon hunter) must battle his own conscience in order to protect his beloved.

Jonathan ‘Jace’ Herondale, one of the main characters, and Clarissa ‘Clary’ Fray, after fighting the long, blood-shedding battle and killing Clary’s evil mastermind father, believe that they can finally live happily ever after. However, Jace starts to get nightmares about hurting and killing Clary- watching as the ‘life is sucked out of her pretty green eyes’. Little does he know that a demon as old as time is creating these nightmares for him. Scared of hurting Clary in real life, Jace goes to all measures to avoid Clary. He even tries to hide at Clary’s best friend, Simon’s, apartment with the excuse of protecting him from vampires. This leaves both Clary and Jace heartbroken- especially Clary because she doesn’t even know why...
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