Person vs Supernatural Conflict

Person vs. Supernatural Conflict

In a person vs. supernatural conflict, a character battles that which is beyond nature. It can’t be explained by natural law. This could be witches, vampires, mythical creatures, and so forth.

Check out these books and videos to help teach person vs. supernatural conflict.

Examples of  Person vs Supernatural Conflict from Literature

Picture Books

  • Vampire Boy’s Good Night 

Children’s Literature

  • The Witches
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • A Wrinkle in Time
  • Ender’s Game
  • Harry Potter
  • The Lightning Thief
  • Oedipus Rex

Teaching  Person vs Supernatural Conflict with Movie Trailers

The Witches

While in a hotel in England, Luke spies on a convention of witches. He learns the Grand High Witch plans on turning all children into mice. Now Luke who has been turned into a mouse must fight the witches.



A gadget salesman buys his son a pet mogwai. He is warned never to expose it to bright light, water, or feed him after midnight. The boy inadvertently breaks these three rules. This unleashes a horde of mischievous monsters in a small town.



The U.S. government hires a team of commandos. The group goes to Guatemala. There they battle an invisible extraterrestrial with superhuman strength.


Jurassic Park

A team of specialists tour an island theme park. Dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA populate the park. Although the park is supposed to be safe, it suffers a breakdown. Ferocious predators break free and go on a hunt.



Preston is attacked by a gigantic ape-like beast. When he contacts the local authorities, they dismiss him as delusional. He then sets out to stop the creature by himself.


Dracula Untold

In the 15th century Transylvania, the Sultan demands 1,000 boys for his army. To save his son, Vlad makes a deal with a monster. This enables him to defeat the Turks. It also costs him his humanity.


Independence Day

A satellite engineer spots a 3,000-mile-wide ship approaching Earth. Fortunately, 20 years earlier Earth prepared for a battle. Nations across the world started to use recovered extraterrestrial technology to develop a defense program. When the alien invaders attack, humans are ready for battle.


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Types of Conflicts Quiz Sample Questions

From Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“Ginny, listen…I can’t be involved with you anymore. We’ve got to stop seeing each other. We can’t be together.”

“It’s for some stupid noble reason isn’t it?”

“It’s been like…like something out of someone else’s life these last few weeks with you. But I can’t…we can’t…I’ve got to do things alone now. Voldemort uses people his enemies are close to. He’s already used you as bait once, and that was just because you were my best friend’s sister. Think how much danger you’ll be in if we keep this up. He’ll know, he’ll find out. He’ll try and get me through you.”

“What if I don’t care?”

“I care. How do you think I’d feel if this was your funeral…and it was my fault…”

Which type of conflict is present in this reading?

    1. Person vs. Society
    2. Person vs. Self
    3. Person vs. the Environment
    4. Person vs. Supernatural

From Daedalus and Icarus

When all was ready for flight, Daedalus said, “Icarus, my son, you must be careful, for if you fly too low the damp sea spray will clog your wings. If too high the heat will melt the wings. Keep near me, and you will be safe.” While he gave Icarus these instructions and fitted the wings to his shoulders, the face of the father was wet with tears, and his hands trembled. He kissed his son, not knowing that it was for the last time. Then rising on his wings he flew off, encouraging Icarus to follow. Daedalus looked back from his own flight and found Icarus managed his wings well.

As they flew, many stopped to watch. After a while, Icarus left his father and began flying higher and higher. Soon the blazing sun softened the wax which held the feathers together, and they came off. He fluttered with his arms, but with no feathers, he began to fall. Icarus cried out to his father as he sank into the sea. His father cried back, “Icarus, Icarus, where are you?” At last, he saw the feathers floating on the water.

Which type of conflict is present in this reading?

    1. Person vs. Society
    2. Person vs. Self
    3. Person vs. the Environment
    4. Person vs. Supernatural

Teaching Conflict in Literature (Person vs. the Environment) Using Movie Trailers

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    • Ginny Ayers on November 12, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Thanks for gathering these clips as examples. I was making a PPT and was stuck trying to find examples. This will be perfect for my 6th grade workshop on conflict!

    1. You’re welcome.

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