I want to marry Jay, but what if he never comes back from war? Tom is here right now and he’s rich! But do I love him?
Daisy is my wife!
Daisy loves me and she's going to leave you!
Tom and Gatsby's External Conflict
We are moving away and there's nothing you can do about it!
George and Myrtle's External Conflict
Daisy worries over which man she's going to marry. Though she wants to marry Gatsby, he is off at war and their future is not secure. On the other hand, Tom is wealthy, prosperous, and is not in the war. This is classified as internal conflict (man vs. self) because she is worrying about a decision she has to make for herself.
When Tom, Gatsby, Daisy, and Jordan travel to the apartment, Tom and Gatsby begin fighting over Daisy. While Gatsby assures the room that Daisy is going to run away with him, Tom claims that his wife is not going to leave him. This is external conflict (man vs. man) because the two men are arguing with each other.
When George discovers that Myrtle is having an affair, he immediately makes plans for them to move away. When she protests, he tells her that she has no choice and tells her to stay inside of the house until they move. This is an example of external conflict (man vs. man) because the two are arguing over the move.