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"