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Thursday, February 21, 2008


The antagonist is the opposition to the protagonist. The villain to the hero. The person or thing keeping the protagonist from getting what she wants. Simply put, this is the bad guy (or the bad thing) standing between the hero and what she wants. This opposition can take several forms depending on the conflict of the novel. It can be person vs. person, person vs. self, person vs. society, person vs. or nature (see the Four Classic Conflict Types below for more information).

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