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What is protagonist?


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August 02, 2010 3:36PM

The protagonist is the main character of the story. Everything evolves around him/her. Usually, in a story, the protagonist wants to reach a goal, but many obstacles are in his path to reach this goal. These obstacles can be natural (a storm, a tornado) or human. The human obstacles doesn't want that the protagonist reach his/her goal. The human obstacles are called "Antagonist". Other characters in a story are called minor characters. These characters can help the protagonist to reach his/her goal, or be simply "decorations" and do not interact with the protagonist. There can be more than one protagonist or antagonist in a story.