In a person vs. person conflict, the conflict is between two forms of like beings. This is often the protagonist versus the antagonist. The conflict may be verbal, physical, or emotional.
Check out these books and videos to teach students about a person vs. person conflict.
Examples from Person vs. Person from Literature
- The Ugly Duckling
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit
- Angel Child, Dragon Child
- Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
- Harriet and the Promised Land
- The Hundred Penny Box
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- The Westing Game
- Out of my Mind
- From Where the Red Fern Grows – Billy and his dogs are attacked by a mountain lion, and they must do everything they can to survive.
- From Weasel – Nathan is captured by Weasel, an Indian fighter. Earlier in the book, Weasel had attacked Nathan’s pa, had taken away Pa’s riffle, and had killed the farm animals.
Teaching Person vs. Person Conflict with Movie Trailers
Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians
Cruella is is married to a furrier who she claims has never made her a fur coat from dog pelts. She becomes enemies with the Radcliffes when she they refuse to sell their puppies.
Shere Khan, a Bengal tiger, is the main antagonist of Disney’s 1967 animated version of The Jungle Book. Shere orders Kaa to act as an informant.
Gaston and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast
Gaston wants to marry Belle because she is the most beautiful girl in the village. He becomes upset that Belle does not show and interest in him and instead likes the Beast.
Jafar is the Royal Vizier of Agrabah who plans to overtake the kingdom through the power of a genie.
Hades vs Hercules
Hades is the antagonist of Hercules in the Disney version of the story.
Captain Hook is a pirate who repeated fights Peter Pan.