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October 20, 2021

The protagonist is the central figure of a narrative work, the subject around which the plot develops.

Etymology

The term was born in ancient Greece, to indicate the first actor of a theater company. Similar figures are the deuteragonist (the second most important character, sometimes a guest star), the co-star (where there are more central figures for the purposes of the plot) and the antagonist (rival or enemy).

Interpretation

In literature the protagonist is, generally, the hero of a story told from his own point of view: however, he is not necessarily the narrator, as the roles of the protagonist and the narrator may not fit into any pre-established scheme. Being the most popular character, his evolution is crucial in contributing to the interest and rhythm of the work.

Special cases

False protagonist

A well-known narrative device concerns the "false protagonist", that is a character initially emphasized but then overshadowed by the appearance of another.

Co-star (s)

The co-star indicates an actor who plays one of the main roles in a play, film or television or in the case of the co-stars by each of the actors who play equally important roles in a film.

Notes

Related items

Antagonist Fictional character Typical character

Other projects

Wiktionary contains the dictionary lemma "protagonist"

External links

Protagonist, on dictionaries.corriere.it, Corriere della Sera. Protagonist, in Treccani.it - ​​Treccani Vocabulary online, Institute of the Italian Encyclopedia. πρωταγωνιστής, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, in Perseus Digital Library and Online Etymology Dictionary

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