The O-P post today looks at the Opposition in characters.
A protagonist needs, absolutely must have the antagonist in some form to propel the plot, provide the climactic resolution, and satisfy the reader. Without opposition, life is dull.
What would Superman be without Lex Luthor? Gene Hackman would never have entertained us with his pure villainy.
|Gene Hackman as "Popeye" Doyle in The French Connection|
Where would Batman be without the pantheon of super-villains? A one-time movie deal is where he’d be. No Christian Bale, for sure.
|Christian Bale as Batman|
Opposition brings out the worst and the best in the character. It challenges the character to plumb the depths of his soul and make choices for good or evil. The conflict between carnal and heavenly aspirations keeps the reader/viewer from dumping the book/movie and channel surf.
Tomorrow, opposition transforms a classic book/movie, making far more enjoyable (in my opinion).