Antagonist: The "bad guy"

The character in the work who brings about the conflict

WHY IS IT USED IN LITERATURE??

  • The antagonist creates drama which "pulls readers in"
  • They make a story or novel memorable and exciting
  • Infuses the story using revenge, jealousy, and drama/conflict

FAMILIAR LITERATURE EXAMPLES

  • Grendel in Shakespeare's Beowulf
  • Mr. Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Jack in Lord of the Flies
  • Laertes and Claudius in Shakespeare's Hamlet
  • Tim O'Brien in The Things They Carried (against himself)

EXAMPLES IN POP CULTURE

  • Many Horror and Drama movies that use conflict and fighting
  • Scar in The Lion King
  • Dr. Evil in Austin Powers
  • The Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz

JUST SO YOU KNOW

  • Antagonists can also be death, an illness, a challenge that prevents the protagonist from living, or the protagonist himself, not only another person.
  • Antagonists are used most commonly in fiction stories, novels, or plays
  • The word Antagonist comes from the Greek word "antagonistes" which means "rival"

BY: COURTNEY GILES