The Outsiders Conflict Review
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Man VS. Society: External When Ponyboy was walking home from the movies all by himself, the Socs took advantage of this. They ganged up on him, making a completely unfair fight. This is Man VS. Society because the fight between Ponyboy and the Socs was a 5 to 1 fight.
Man VS. Man: External This conflict starts with Bob, a Soc, nearly drowning Ponyboy in the fountain. Johnny eventually pulls Bob away from Ponyboy to deal with Bob all by himself. Johnny pulls out his switchblade and kills Bob. This is a Man VS. Man conflict because Bob is only dealing with one person at a time.
Man VS. Self: Internal Ponyboy was thinking to himself how horrible he might look without his normal, greased hair. Even though he was on the lam, he didn't want to give up his hair, which seemed like his most prized possession. This is a Man VS. Self conflict because it is an internal conflict involving only one character.
Man VS. Nature: External Johnny and Ponyboy are attempting to rescue children from a burning church. This is Man VS. Nature because fire is a natural substance which is very hard to control.
HELP! SOMEBODY! WE ARE TRAPPED AND ARE DYING IN HERE!
Man VS. Fate: External Johnny has just died. This conflict is a Man VS. Fate conflict because Ponyboy knows that Johnny is dead, and there is nothing he can do about it.
Man VS. Technology: External As a result of Johnny's death, Dally goes on a rampage and steals money from a grocery store. He is caught by the fuzz and ends up being shot by a mechanical weapon known as a gun, making this a Man VS. Technology conflict.
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