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The Protagonist:

The Protagonist The Main Character

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Protagonist The most important character in a narrative is the protagonist. The word protagonist means the “first actor” or most important actor. (“pro” = first, “agonist” = one who acts.) This is the character who the story focuses on; in other words, the protagonist is the character who the story is really about. The protagonist is the main character of a narrative who faces the central conflict of a story and is changed by it. How the protagonist reacts to, and is changed by, the central conflict is the heart of the story and develops the theme of the story. There may be a single protagonist in a narrative, two, or several. Usually when there more than one protagonist the story will move back and forth between them, now following one protagonist, now another.

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Identifying the Protagonist A protagonist usually has several of the following traits: We usually follow the protagonist(s) through a story. We are usually given more information about the protagonist’s thoughts and feelings than we are given about other characters in the story. If the narration is in first person, it is often the protagonist(s) who narrates, but not always. Most of the story is concerned with a problem or conflict the protagonist(s) faces and the attempts of the protagonist(s) to solve the problem. The protagonist(s) is usually changed by the events of the story.

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Download the story On the Bridge and read it: Click here to download (If you can’t open the file, you may need Adobe Reader: download Adobe reader ) In your journal create a character chart: Adam Seth “husky guy”

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Under each character list the protagonist traits which apply to him. Which character or characters would you say is a protagonist? Protagonist traits : We usually follow the protagonist(s) through a story. We are usually given more information about the protagonist’s thoughts and feelings than we are given about other characters in the story. If the narration is in first person, it is often the protagonist(s) who narrates, but not always. Most of the story is concerned with a problem or conflict the protagonist(s) faces and the attempts of the protagonist(s) to solve the problem. The protagonist(s) is usually changed by the events of the story.

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