Battle, John Truby, The Anatomy of Story, p.48
Throughout the middle of the story, the hero and opponent engage in a punch-counterpunch confrontation as each tries to win the goal. The conflict heats up. The battle is the final conflict between hero and opponent and determines which of the two characters wins the goal. The final battle may be a conflict of violence or a conflict of words.
Odysseus slays the suitors who have tormented his wife and destroyed his home.
A cop kills Evelyn, and Noah gets away with Evelyn’s daughter while Jake walks off in despair.
Frank defeats opposing counsel by using brilliant lawyering and persuasive words in the courtroom.