Types of Conflict
The main types of conflict are:
1. Character vs. Character
The main character struggles against another character, usually with one side representing good and the other evil. As readers, we know one side will win out over the other.
2. Character vs. Nature
The main character must survive against the powerful forces of nature which are keeping the main character from his or her goals. Forces of nature include blizzards, thunderstorms, desert conditions, a violent sea, etc.
3. Character vs. Society
In a society, there are laws and rules that a group of people abides by. The main character is fighting against those laws and the community, culture, or other group that wants the character to conform to them.
4. Character vs. Self
The character is struggling within herself. One part of her wants to do one thing and another part wants to do the opposite. This is called internal conflict.
Other types of conflict, which are not usually seen at the fifth grade level, include character vs. fate, character vs. supernatural powers, and character vs. machine.