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I´m reading this article and the sentence below looks weird to me. I copied it as it is in this article:

拒否しよう決心した気持ちに対抗できずに、言われるままに行動してしまう主人公の姿は、現代人の中にも根強く生きていると感じる。

There are some parts which I struggle with.

拒否しよう決心した気持ちに対抗できずに

I have trouble understanding the meanings of と and 対抗できずに.
This seems illogical to me.
What do you think about it?

  • For できずに see japanese.stackexchange.com/questions/21727/ず-negative-verb And then the と indicates, so it looks like in this sentence to me, that the following 「決心した気持ちに」 is a logical consequence of 拒否しよう. – RnBandCrunk Oct 30 '15 at 15:48
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    う~ん??おかしいよね・・・「『拒否しよう』と決心した気持ちを貫き通せずに、言われるままに行動してしまう」とかであるべきでは・・・? – Chocolate Oct 30 '15 at 16:04
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    Could you tell us what the sentence is from and maybe double-check that you've typed it correctly? Everyone seems to be confused. – snailcar Nov 10 '15 at 4:11
  • Thank you all for your help. I edited my question and copied the link where you can download the article in which I found this sentence. I typed it as it is written there. I doubled checked with a friend and we are both confused about it... – Jazzebell Nov 11 '15 at 10:02
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「拒否しよう」と決心した気持ちに対抗できずに
unable to beat/resist his/her (own) resolution to say no

  • 「拒否しよう」>> "I will refuse" "I won't obey" "I'll say no"
  • と >> the case particle as a quotative marker
  • 決心した気持ち >> determined mind, decision, resolution
  • に対抗できずに ≒ に対抗できなくて/できないで >> "Not being able to beat/resist..." "Unable to beat/resist..."

Edit:

私には、「拒否しようと決心した気持ちに対抗できず」と「言われるままに行動してしまう」が、互いに相反する内容に思われて、なぜここで「対抗できず」という言葉が使われているか分かりません。どなたかお分かりになる方、ご回答くださいませんか。


Update: I confirmed this with a Japanese language teacher so here's how I read it:

As you can see, this is logically incompatible with the 言われるままに行動してしまう part. I think the writer meant to write something like 拒否しようと決心した気持ちを[貫]{つらぬ}き通せずに、言われるままに行動してしまう主人公 (The hero, who ends up doing as he is told, unable to act up to his resolution to say no), but chose the wrong word 対抗 for some reason.

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    Agreed that the sentence contradicts itself. – Enno Shioji Nov 2 '15 at 18:21

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