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Conflict Analysis of Main Character in “The Clinic”

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Conflict Analysis of the Main Character in “The Clinic” Movie

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1.1 Background of the study

Literature is intimate experience of an author carefully expressed in concrete images, through the use of structure, imaginative style and luxurious metaphors. It is not practical or logical communication, but an aesthetic experience. Literature can be divided into three parts. They are prose, poetry, and drama.

Literary works is a life reflection of human living relating to conditions, interactions and conflict in the stories (Taylor, 1981, p. 5). Literary works contain aspects and elements that occur in the real life, such as: love, sufferance, struggle, happiness and sadness.

In addition, literary works consists of several basic elements. They are plot, theme, character, point of view, and setting.

The common parts of a plot are: the exposition or preliminary situation, the inciting or exciting force, or challenge, the rising action, or complication, the climax, or turning point, and the denouement, or resolution.

Movie is a kind of literary work that explores that human imagination using imagery, adventure and experiences, in order to see life more interesting (Boggs, 1999, p. 3). In the movie there are a lot of character, the characters are important to make the movie run smoothly.

1.2 Identification of the study

Thrillers movie is one of genres movie that offers mystery and suspense to the audience. “The clinic” is included as thriller movie.

The Clinic” movie talk about the struggles of the woman who is loss of their infants. Their struggles breeds many conflict, like that happened in Beth’s character when she struggle to find her infant.

Conflict is the basic drama of the opposition experienced by characters as response to the dramatic emergence of these forces (the conflict could be quarrels between character with the idea or the environment)”.

1.3 Limitation of the study

The analysis of this research is limited to internal and external conflict of the main character in “the clinic” movie.

1.4 Formulation of the study

1. what are conflict faced by the main character based on Lewis Coser theory?

2. how are the conflicts in “the clinic” movie ?

1.5 Objective of the study

1. To describes how Beth faces her own conflict.

2. To describe how are conflicts in “the clinic” movie

1.6 Significance of the study

There are several significance of this research, there are:

a. To increase the readers and me knowledge about literary work especially conflict.

b. To improve the interest of the readers in understanding of movie.

c. To increase the readers and the writer knowledge about character, main character and minor character in the movie.

d. To help the next researcher or the students of English Department in understanding of conflict in the movie.



The description of Movie

Movie is dramatized representation of reality and it is included in one of fiction. According to Griffith (2011, p. 20) “fiction to describe prose works that tell a story about events that never happened in real life”

According to Bluestone (1956, p. 6) “films are originally a product of a genuine folk-art. At the very beginning of things we find the simple recording of movement, galloping horses, railroad trains, fire-engines, sporting events, street scenes”.

Berry Keith Grant (in Virginia, 2002, p. 163-164) categories of genres as fellow: comedy film, crime film, disaster films, suspense or thrillers film, epic films, erotic films, film noirs, gangster films, horror films, melodramas, musical films, science fiction films, sports films, war films, and western films.

2.1 Character

Character is very important element in literary works. The character can be human, or even animal. In a movie, the character usually dominated by human as the character. The personality of the character will lead the character to act such emotional, behavior, and all the logical things that deals with the problems which be faced by the character.

The character according to Robert (1993:20): “characters are the person present in dramatics of narrative work, who are interpreted by reader as being endowed with the moral and dispositional qualities that are expressed in what they say in the dialogue and what they do in action.”

2.1.1 The main Character

A major is main character that develops the plot of the story and always appears on the story. The major character has significance roles in the story. It means that major character occupies most part in plot or events that are occurred in a story. The main character is sometimes called a protagonist whose conflict with an antagonist may spark the story’s conflict. Beth and Cameron are the main character in “The clinic” movie.

2.1.2 The Minor Character

The minor characters can be defined as the supporting characters of the major characters that their function is to illuminate the major characters. The appearance of minor characters is usually infrequently. The minor characters role are also seems not important as the role of the main characters, although the minor characters sometimes related to the major character directly. Veronica, ivy, Allison, Hank, Ms. Shepard, Duncan, etc are the minor characters in this movie.

2.2 Conflict

The conflict of the human happened because human has a limited and restricted capacity to satisfy most of his need. When human endure the conflict, this can cause human to react and brings out the extremes of human energy, human may take action, decision, response, and interactions toward the conflict which they are facing.

2.2.1 The definition of conflict

Conflict is necessary to every fiction works; there is usually one major conflict. Conflict is also the essential part to the plot, without conflict there will be no plot. The conflict usually becomes clear to the beginning of a story. Conflict is a struggle over values and claims to scarce status, power and resources in which the aims of the opponents are to neutralize, or eliminate their rivals.

2.2.2 Types of conflict

Internal conflict is more commonly referred to as “man vs. self “, as the name suggests, it deals with a character having to overcome and change something about his or her being that they are struggling against what they have in mind.

External conflict is the struggle of the character against the force from outside. There are several kinds of the external conflict that the character might face. First, the character against another characters. Second, the character against the society, third, the characters against the nature force.



In order to gather and compose the data in this research, the library research is applied as the method of analysis in this research. The relevant data that found as the source of the data idea which support to the topic being discus in this research all are collected and then applied in finishing this research.

3.1 Technique of collecting data

In making this research, the researcher went through various stages of collecting the data. First, the researcher went to the movie corner and found out this movie. Then, the researcher watched the movie. Having watched the movie, the researcher made the topic and outline of the study. After deciding the problem formulation, the researcher to analyze the courage which can be found in the character of Beth, and the researcher went to the library and browsed the internet to find more info.

  1. Technique of analyzing data

The data analyzing applied when all the primary data from the movie is collected and selected, as the data from movie is in the dialogue, which concern about the classification of conflict found from the main characters that has been chosen to the most significant data, then the data will be interpreted and to be brought into this research as the subject matter of the analysis, that is the main characters conflict found from the movie. Next the analysis will be stated by explaining the conflict of the main characters based on the definition and the classification of the conflict as descriptions above which reflected in “The Clinic” movie.


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