The antagonist is also in my heart

There is nothing abnormal in the fact that most people hate the antagonists in the stories. That is fine, because that is simply what the antagonist is made for – to be a bad guy, due to the need to build conflict between good and evil. However, it would be dishonest of me to say that I hate my antagonist. No. I have a tender feeling toward him. I understand entirely why he has become the person that is represented in my book. I’ll tell you even more – every time I interact with him on my pages, my heart takes a tumble: Darn it! He’s so good, and he is so bad.
Let’s think about the topic of being good and bad at the same time. My elementary school teacher once responded to one of my classmates, who came up to her desk and angrily grumbled, “You don’t like me!” She said, “No, I do not dislike you. But I did not like how you acted toward Lorie today“. This teacher was excellent at explaining the difference between judging and analyzing. “Judge not lest ye be judged” always has been my leading principle. I’m not saying that the criminals should not be thrown in jail or sentenced to prison. Of course not. Moreover, I believe in the general detterance of punishment – accordingly to which, the public is less likely to commit a crime because of fear of the punishment; but I always keep in mind that everthing is relative. Whereas Mike could be a “bad” person in the eyes of one, he could be a “good” person in the eyes of another.

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