Guten Morgen, Leute! Characters are an essential part of pretty much every story a person can think up. Characters are often the parts of a story that will stick with a person far into the future. In my personal experience, characters are often what recall my memory to books, musicals, movies, anything really. And, where there are characters, there are protagonists, antagonists, and catalysts. For today, we’ll be focusing on the musical protagonists, antagonists, and catalysts that I love! Los geht’s!
- Christine, the Phantom, and Raoul – When it comes to these three, I would say that the roles of protagonist, antagonist, and catalyst couls porentially be doled out and assigned to different characters depending on the way in which a person views the story of PHANTOM. However, I think that most people would classify Christine as being the protagonist, the Phantom as being the antagonist, and Raoul as being the catalyst. While I don’t necessarily agree with this ordering, I do think that that’s the generally best accepted ordering. These characters share a pretty complicated, intertwined storyline and due to my slightly unpopular view of the character roles of these characters, I have taken it upon myself to look into these characters quite a bit and have become quite attached to most of them!
- Sisi, Franz Joseph, and der Tod (Death) – Looking at this arrangement I’ve set up, I think that it’s important to first establish that in regard to this trio, I’ve set it up to be that Franz Joseph is Sisi’s antagonist, not that he’s the musical’s antagonist (I think that would have to be Lucheni). So why is Franz Joseph Sisi’s antagonist? Well, that’s pretty simple, actually. He’s Sisi’s antagonist because he’s always hindering her, trying to sway her away from her dreams. And while it’s undeniable that he loves Sisi, he doesn understand her love and need for adventure. He doesn’t really understand Sisi at all, really. And, for years, he, by his lack of ability to stand up to his mother, makes Sisi miserable. He never stands up for her and drives Sisi deeper into her depression. I think it’s pretty easy to understand why der Tod is the catalyst in this situation: he drives the story forward. Whole it’s definitely easily said that der Tod doesn exactly help Sisi, I think that we also see that he doesn’t go about his business cognitive that he’s hurting Sisi. He doesn get a choice in what he does: he’s Death, after all. And while der Tod is often in direct opposition to Sisi and what she wants, I feel like he doesn’t quite fit the antagonist role.
- Valjean, Javert, and the Bishop – In the case of LES MISÉRABLES, so many characters could potentially fit into that catalyst role but I think that the Bishop is quite possibly the best example of a catalyst in Valjean’s storyline. After all, Valjean would never have turned his life around if it weren’t for the fact that the Bishop showed him kindness. In that way, I do think that the Bishop is the most crucial catalyst in Valjean’s life. Why? Because, if it weren’t for the the Bishop, LES MIZ wouldn’t be the story we know today and it would be missing one of its key themese: forgiveness.
That’s it for me! Who are your favorite protagonist/antagonist/catalysts? Danke und tschüss!