Conflict and Plot

Definition: The battle

Plays and films are about people 
struggling to accomplish things!

Difficulty is the fuel that lights our acting fires!

When the characters have goals that are easy to attain, or if they give up trying, the audience loses interest in them
Look for conflict in the plot:

Between two people or three or four
Inside the characters themselves
Between nature and man
Man against a group
Group against Group
Man against the gods! (go greek!)

The more conflictthe harder it is to reach the objective and that is what makes exciting theater...

...the larger the risk, the greater the suspense!


A great chart to show the way we construct CONFLICT 

in plot showing multiple levels of rising action(s) up to the climax of the story. 

Notice it also shows a shorter falling action to the resolution

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