Apr 06

Person vs. Society Conflict


Person vs. Society Conflict in LiteratureIn a person vs. society conflict in literature, a character struggles against the laws or beliefs of a group. This could include a character that fights against the rules such as freedom, rights, or a cause.

Book Examples to use for Teaching Conflict

Picture Books

  • Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters
  • Fly Away Home
  • The Island of Skog
  • The Story of Ferdinand
  • The Biggest Bear

Children’s Literature

  • Rosa Parks, My Story
  • Holes
  • The City of Ember
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963
  • The Maze Runner
  • Wringer
  • The Giver
  • Among the Hidden
  • The Hunger Games
  • Number the Stars

Teaching Conflict in Literature with Movie Trailers

The Rosa Parks Story


In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on a man-made luxurious space station. The rest of the population lives on a ruined Earth.

In Time

In 2169, people stop aging at 25 years old. The society uses time as the universal currency. Implanted clocks tell people the amount of time they have accumulated. When a person’s clock reaches zero, the person dies. The wealthy have years on their clocks while the poor have only minutes.


A brother and sister get zapped into an idealistic TV show from the 1950s. 

The Giver

In a perfect community, all suffering, pain, differences, and choice have been taken away. A young boy learns from an elderly man named “The Giver” about the pain and pleasure in the “real world.”

The City of Ember

Ember is an underground city threatened by an aging infrastructure. When Lina finds part of an ancient message, she races to figure out the secret that will save the people in her society.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is an annual event in which one boy and one girl between the ages of 12-18 from each of the twelve districts surrounding the Capitol are selected by a lottery to compete in a televised battle to the death.

 Using Movie Trailers to Teach Conflict in Literature (Person vs. Society)


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Additional Conflicts in Literature Posts
Environment Conflict – publishing 3/30/2017
Society Conflict – publishing 4/6/2017
Technology Conflict – publishing 4/13/2017
Self Conflict – publishing 4/27/2017
Person Conflict – publishing 5/4/2017
Supernatural Conflict – publishing 5/11/2017
Gay Miller

1 comment

  1. Marcy Howe

    Gay, Wow! Thank you. What a fantastic resource! I love the booklet and the examples of each type of conflict in film. You’ve just reduced my workload and made it easy to increase student engagement. Thank you.

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