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.
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Main Entry:  external conflict
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in literature, a struggle between the protagonist and another character against nature or some outside force
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Example sentences
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.
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