Person vs Society Conflict

Person vs. Society Conflict in Literature

In 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.

Check out these books and videos to teach the person vs. society conflict.

Book Examples of Person vs Society 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 for Person vs Society 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. 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 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.




FREE Conflicts in Literature Organizer

Types of Conflicts Quiz

From The Giver

“Things could change, Gabe,” Jonas went on. “Things could be different. I don’t know how, but there must be some way for things to be different. There could be colors. And grandparents,” he added, staring through the dimness toward the ceiling of his sleeping room. “And everybody would have the memories.”

“You know the memories,” he whispered, turning toward the crib.

Garbriel’s breathing was even and deep. Jonas liked having him there, though he felt guilty about the secret. Each night he gave memories to Gabriel: memories of boat rides and picnics in the sun; memories of soft rainfall against windowpanes; memories of dancing barefoot on a damp lawn.


The newchild stirred slightly in his sleep. Jonas looked over at him.

“There could be love,” Jonas whispered.”

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 Wonder

Name the type of conflict for each passage from Wonder.

  1. ________________________________________

“I wish every day could be Halloween. We could all wear masks all the time. Then we could walk around and get to know each other before we got to see what we looked like under the masks.”

  1. ________________________________________

 “Now that I look back, I don’t know why I was so stressed about it all this time. Funny how sometimes you worry a lot about something and it turns out to be nothing.”

  1. ________________________________________

 “It’s like people you see sometimes, and you can’t imagine what it would be like to be that person, whether it’s somebody in a wheelchair or somebody who can’t talk. Only, I know that I’m that person to other people, maybe to every single person in that whole auditorium.

To me, though, I’m just me. An ordinary kid.”

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

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  1. 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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