In a person vs. self conflict, the main character has a problem within him/herself. This type of struggle takes place in the character’s mind. The character has to make a choice between doing something that is right or wrong. The character may also have to overcome emotions.
Examples for Teaching Person vs. Self from Literature
The Dog who Cried Wolf
Edward the Emu
My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother
Ira Sleeps Over
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Nathan spends the winter months struggling with his conscious. Should he go back to Weasel’s cabin to seek revenge or forget about Weasel?
Teaching Person vs. Self Conflict with Movie Trailers
A teenage rock star journalist goes on the road with and up-and-coming rock band in the early 1970s.
Andy gives Woody to Bonnie.
Riley moves from a Midwestern town to San Francisco. She struggles to adjust to her new life.
Rapunzel struggles with the idea of freedom vs breaking her mother’s heart.
Luke Skywalker Surrenders to Darth Vader
Aladdin and the Genie
Aladdin needs to tell Jasmine the truth about who he really is.
The Grinch struggles with finding something nice to wear.