Tuesday, 20 September 2016

RESEARCH: Man vs. Self

Man vs. self conflict is an internal struggle, usually associated with an external conflict. The character must overcome their own self doubts or other aspects of their nature in order to move forward or achieve a goal. Characters are often presented with a choice, usually between their duty and own self interests; an example of this is in Marvel's Daredevil television series, in which the protagonist, Matthew Murdock, is constantly torn between having healthy relationships with his friends Foggy and Karen, and the duty he feels he has as Daredevil to make his city a better place. 


Ken je Klassiekers: Fight Club
In Chuck Palahniuk's novel Fight Club, published 1994, and the 1999 film adaptation by David Fincher, the protagonist struggles against himself in what is later revealed to be dissociative identity disorder.

The majority of protagonists in media will deal with some internal conflict, as it is used to push character development or to show that their inability to change is what is causing problems around them. Films that center around man vs. self conflict include: Shame (2011), Iron Man 3 (2013), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2012), Only God Forgives (2013), Rocky (1976) and Schindler's List (1993).

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