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external conflict

struggle between a literary or dramatic character and an outside force such as nature or another character, which drives the dramatic action of the plot:
external conflict between Macbeth and Macduff.
struggle between a person and an outside force:
external conflict between parents and children. Unabridged
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  • Such regime need a steady supply of external conflicts in order to keep their population angry at outside enemies.
  • In the cyber age, domestic dissent and external conflict are handled by essentially the same methods.
  • Describe elements of plot in text with a focus on external conflict and resolution.
Contemporary definitions for external conflict

in literature, a struggle between the protagonist and another character against nature or some outside force's 21st Century Lexicon
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