What Is Character vs. Society Conflict? Definition of Literary Conflicts with Examples

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Last updated: Sep 7, 2021 • 4 min read

Rebellion—against family expectations, social norms, governing bodies, and the like—is one of the most common themes in literature. When one or more characters rebels against the expected behaviors or codified structures of their society, this is called the character vs. society conflict.