Has there ever been a character in your reading that you love to hate? You know, a character that gets you mad or frustrated, but in a way that makes the story more interesting to read? Often, characters that we "love to hate" are mean, selfish, and try to do harm to the main character.
You may have heard these terms before: protagonist and antagonist.
- The protagonist is the main character that you cheer for throughout the story, aka "The Good Guy/Girl."
- The antagonist is the character who is an active "pain in the butt" to the main character, aka "The Bad Guy/Girl."
There is usually more than one protagonist and antagonist in a story. The antagonist often brings harm to the world of the story. In some stories, the antagonist can change his or her ways and learn a lesson. In other stories, the antagonist is pure evil and must be defeated.
This Week's Prompt:
Describe an antagonist in a story that you have read. What does this character do to cause trouble in the story? What are some of his or her character traits?
Also, try to answer this: Why do you think the author chose to have this character act the way he or she does?
I'm looking forward to reading about the antagonists in your independent reading!