By: Michael Tabb
WGA writer, Michael Tabb has written for Universal Studios, Disney Feature Animation, comic book icon Stan Lee, and other industry players. Follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelTabb.
Alex is a violent, demented character in A Clockwork Orange, but is he both protagonist and antagonist?
I am flattered when new writers try to pitch me their ideas, and I often hear them say that his or her protagonist is also the antagonist. So let’s address that possibility. Is there a case for
man being his own worst enemy in a script? We all know a
fatal flaw can do a character in, but does that make him the villain?
There are four ways in which one might consider a protagonist to be his or her own most antagonistic force. They are:
- Something or someone from inside the protagonist is what creates the film’s conflict.
- When the inner journey dominates the visual story (focusing on a character’s personality flaw).
- When nobody else is there to oppose them.
- The protagonist is just plain wrong or evil.
Let’s take them one at a time.
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