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Definition of Protagonist

Protagonist

  1. One who takes the leading part in a drama; hence, one who takes lead in some great scene, enterprise, conflict, or the like.
The writer must be a participant in the scene... like a film director who writes his own scripts, does his own camera work, and somehow manages to film himself in action, as the protagonist or at least the main character.
Hunter S. Thompson

We can't help identifying with the protagonist. It's coded in our movie-going DNA.
Roger Ebert

The black person is the protagonist in most of my paintings. I realized that I didn't see many paintings with black people in them.
Jean-Michel Basquiat

Think 'Game of Thrones.' In the old days, this sort of show might be considered bad writing. It doesn't really seem to be moving toward a crisis or climax, it has no true protagonist, and it's structured less like a TV show or a movie than a soap opera.
Douglas Rushkoff

The main question in drama, the way I was taught, is always, 'What does the protagonist want?' That's what drama is. It comes down to that. It's not about theme, it's not about ideas, it's not about setting, but what the protagonist wants.
David Mamet

Protagonist Translations

protagonist in French is protagoniste
protagonist in Spanish is protagonista

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