We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.

Antagonist

Character Role Analysis

The Patriarchy

You might think that Alpha is the antagonist because Frankie's always pitted against him. After all, he takes up her boyfriend's time and is her direct competition when she starts to impersonate him. But Alpha's not all bad, and what Frankie is really fighting against is the patriarchy (in true feminist fashion). She doesn't want to live according to all these unspoken rules anymore. She doesn't want to hear that she can't be in the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds because they only allow boys. She wants to change the rules so that they suit her better.