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Old December 4th, 2010, 12:53 am
LyraLovegood  Female.gif LyraLovegood is offline
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Re: Severus Snape: Character Analysis Reboot v.3

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Originally Posted by MinervasCat View Post
Wiki definition of "anti-hero":

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In fiction, an antihero is generally considered to be a protagonist whose character is at least in some regards conspicuously contrary to that of the archetypal hero, and is in some instances its antithesis. Some consider the word's meaning to be sufficiently broad as to additionally encompass the antagonist, who (in contrast to the archetypal villain), elicits considerable sympathy or admiration.

By this definition I find it hard to peg Severus on the anti-hero board. If Harry is the main protagonist of the story (and I really don't see how you can argue that he isn't) then Severus is an antagonist. I say this not because I think that everything Severus does is anti-Harry; obviously and demonstrably, it is not. But the story is written primarily from Harry's point of view and Harry definitely sees Severus as being in opposition and antagonistic toward him a great proportion of the time.

I'm not saying that it's wrong for anyone to say Severus is a hero or an anti-hero, or even a protagonistic character. Just that for me it makes more sense given what we have in the books to view him as an antagonist because he often seems to be opposing Harry.


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