2. explain what external conflicts each protagonist faces that complicate his internal conflict. in other
words, how does the character's struggle play out in the external world? support your responses with
specific references to the text.
2a. the monkey king
External conflict in a literary work occurs when the main character must overcome a challenge by external forces to grow and mature or restore order to their world. External conflict can be divided into four basic categories: Character vs. Character, Character vs. Nature, Character vs. Society, and Character vs. Technology.
The conflict lies within the protagonist. He wants to achieve a goal, but needs to face his own fears, behaviors, etc. Known as internal conflict.