In a person vs. technology/machine conflict, a character has a problem with robots or machines. This type of conflict is often found in science fiction.
Book Examples to use for Teaching Conflict in Literature
The Legend of John Henry
Comic Book – Iron Man
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
From Hatchet –
Brian flying the airplane after the pilot dies
The City of Ember – Lina and Doon must find a way out of Ember before the generator dies and the city is in total darkness.
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912
Fantastic Mr. Fox – The foxes must dig faster than Boggis, Beans, and Bunce on their tractors.
Teaching Conflict in Literature with Movie Trailers
This biographical movie covers 14 years of the life of Steve Jobs, personal computing innovator and Apple Inc. co-founder.
2001: A Space Odyssey
While on a mysterious mission, the ship’s computer system, HAL, begins to display strange behavior. This leads to a showdown between man and machine.
In 2035, a technophobic cop investigates a crime that may have been committed by a robot.
Dr. Will Caster, the world’s authority on artificial intelligence, develops a computer to upload himself into a computerized form as he dies.
Two races of robots, the Autobots and the Decepticons, bring their war to Earth. The good Autobots help Earthlings. The villainous Decepticons bring war. Only a human youth named Sam can save the world.