What does external conflict mean in literature?
It means a struggle between a character and outside forces.
External conflicts: An External Conflict in literature is a struggle between the protagonist and another character against nature or some outside force. An external conflict: the narrator has is with her mami (mom). She is the trouble maker in the house and no one wants to hang around her. Especially when they got a new dog, Liberty. This ties in with the resolution.
external conflict noun1.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. 2.struggle between a person and an outside force: external conflict between parents and children.