The Arch-Enemy in the Novel – A Personal Matter
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Okay today I will finally be talking about another type of rivalry in the novel which will be the archenemy. The archenemy is the most commonly used rivalry in fiction. Arch enemy is not necessarily thought of as a threat and sometimes harmless but they are thought of as a foil.
What is a foil?
Well it is something or someone that draws contrast to the other character by accentuating their differences. They need to be seen together otherwise the contrasting characters writing tool won’t work.
Example of an arch enemy which is one of my favorite is Superman vs Lex Luthor. Who is not necessarily a threat to superman compared to Darksied, and Braniac but for superman the rivalry between him and lex is personal.
That is an important aspect to writing the arch enemy rivalry . They have to be some personal adversary to the other character. And it should be personal on both sides. He should also be just as strong and a worthy adversary .
Okay so if you read my earlier post at any point and time on this blog I talk about Cristan and Adrian a lot (the two love interest of Sirena) I will continue to talk about them a lot . However they carry more weight to the story than just being Sirena’s two love interest.
They are rivals for each other in regards to who will be alpha of their pack. This rivalry starts basically way before the book even starts. They are literally barking at each other almost in every scene over leadership . It comes to a point where Adrian goes as far as to conspire to kill and rid of Cristen.
Adrian’s motives to do this against Cristen clearly comes from jealousy . Cristen has had it all since they were young. Not to mention both his parents alive together at one point and time. Adrian had it stolen from him. He was once the son of an Alpha and was supposed to be one himself by birthright , just like Cristen. The thing is, it wasn’t stolen by Cristen but by the (Castus Healer Hunters).
But Adrian goes after Cristen anyway because he is closest to him and he can take out his anger on him. And so that is how Adrian becomes Cristen’s archenemy .
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