LOVE TO HATE Role of the Antagonist

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Spirit Space

The important necessity of the bad guy in fiction.

Likeable and at times vunerable, the main character in a fictional story is referred to as the protagonist.

He or she is always heroic in some form or fashion, either at the beginning of a story or they may become one as the plot is developed. Met with the necessary challenges and difficulties which must be over come, the protagonist can show weakness and hesitation, but in the end, the character must step up, showing strength while making sacrifices for lesser characters in the story line. 

A true protagonist can't remain an 'island' isolated and self centric and become the hero of the piece. 

The creation of the 'good guy' is completely dependant upon another key character archetype, the villian. The interaction between the two types being crucial to the heros development within the plot dynamic.

The definition of antagonism is 'hostility and intentional opposition.' The purpose of the antagonist is to create conflict that will directly effect the protagonist, pushing he or she into choices resulting in action. With the bad now in the mix, let the game begin.

Who could argue against the fact, that within the context of fiction, that it's the villian who creates the hero? 

As for the antagonist, how he or she confronts the heroic character will result in making the villian either lesser or greater in their villiany. But, a protagonist can't create an antagonist in a similar way, he or she is a hero, and heros only do good never straying from that path.

The villian is the character which drives stories of fiction forward, they are the dynamic catalyst, there to inspire  emotion and hold the readers interest. It's precisely why the bad guy of the piece is the one we love to hate.

 


Submitted: May 05, 2021

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AdamCarlton

I think the hero can do bad things as a basis for later redemption. There's also a place for ambiguity in what constitutes 'good' or 'bad': plot arcs sometimes reframe earlier, apparently negative actions by the hero. I thought your point about the villain creating the hero was very well taken.

Tue, May 11th, 2021 7:38am

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In the future I would like to write a piece about the 'anti-hero,' the very character type you mentioned who does 'bad things' within a plot line of a story arch. Thank you so much for your comments Adam!

Wed, May 12th, 2021 1:51pm

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