Person vs. Technology Conflict

Person vs. Technology ConflictIn a Person vs. Technology or Machine conflict, a character has a problem with robots or machines. This type of conflict is often found in science fiction.

Check out the books and videos to use when teaching this skill.

Book Examples to use for Teaching Person vs. Technology Conflict in Literature

Picture Books

  • The Legend of John Henry 
  • Comic Book – Iron Man
  • Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel


Children’s Literature

  • 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 Person vs. Technology Conflict in Literature with Movie Trailers

Steve Jobs

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.

I, Robot

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.


Teaching Conflict in Literature with Movie Trailers


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