Person vs. Self Conflict

Person vs. Self ConflictIn 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

Picture Books

  • The Dog who Cried Wolf
  • Dogzilla
  • Edward the Emu
  • My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother
  • Owl Babies
  • Ira Sleeps Over
  • Hey, Al

Children’s Literature

  • Pinocchio
  • Stargirl
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Chocolate Fever
  • From Weasel
    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

Almost Famous

A teenage rock star journalist goes on the road with and up-and-coming rock band in the early 1970s. 

Toy Story

Andy gives Woody to Bonnie.

Inside Out

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

The Grinch struggles with finding something nice to wear.

Teaching Person vs. Self Conflict using Movie Trailers

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