6th Grade Only: Types of Conflict with Examples

man vs nature
A family is shipwrecked and stuck on a deserted island with wild animals.

man vs nature
A swimmer is being pulled out to sea by an undercurrent (riptide).

man vs nature
A pilot struggles to bring a damaged plane under control.

man vs society
A teenage knocks over mailboxes in a neighborhood and scatters trash from trashcans all over the streets.

man vs man
Two girls both want the same pair of shoes, but it’s the last pair on the rack in their size.

man vs nature
A teenager is stranded in the mountains and can’t find find help.

man vs society
Hitler tried to “cleanse” the world of anyone who is not the “perfect.” He tries to shape the idea of a perfect society by trying to control the World.

man vs self
A teenager can’t stop playing video games long enough to get his homework done

man vs man
For the past month, you have been bullied on the school bus by an older student. They typically call you names and sometimes even poke at you. Finally one day, you get fed up and scream, “Don’t ever touch me again!”

man vs self
You have a project due on Monday. Even though you have had several weeks to read, by Sunday night you’ve only read half the book. To make things worse, your teacher has stated, “I have high expectations for this assignment.”

man vs society
Your school has a state level ice-hockey team—for boys. When you and a group of girlfriends want to start a girls’ hockey program, you’re told that, although it’s a nice idea, there just isn’t enough money in the athletic budget.

man vs self
Although your friends say that you’re very athletic, you think just the
opposite. You are overly critical about how you perform while playing any type of sport.

man vs self
You think someone from your class is cheating on a test! You’ve been trying to work up the nerve to to tell the teacher, but you’re just too scared.

man vs man
Your dad is driving you and your friends to a big football game in town. Although you left in plenty of time, he seems to have lost his way. You think you saw the football field a couple of blocks back. When you tell your dad, he says, “Who’s driving—you or me?”

man vs man
The most straightforward type of conflict puts the character directly against another character with apparently opposing aims.

External Conflict
Conflict that occurs between two or more characters or opposing forces

Internal Conflict
conflict that takes place inside of the body/mind

man vs nature
This type of conflict puts a story’s main character or characters against a natural force such as a flood, predatory animal, or disease epidemic.

man vs society
In many stories, the character battles an unjust element of government or culture within their own area.

man vs self
Some literary conflicts take the form of a character struggling to overcome fear, addiction, emotional damage or other crippling personal issue.

human vs. human
Edmund doesn’t know if he should leave his sister alone in the apartment, but his sister makes him.

man vs. self
Edmund doesn’t know if he should leave his sister alone in the apartment.

man vs. self
Poe does not know whether to help Edmund or not.

man vs. man
Edmund wants his sister to be alive but Poe wants her to be dead so it can be like his story.

man vs. nature
A tornado hits Oklahoma and many people lost their homes.