Examples of protagonist in a Sentence
- Badlands has two protagonists and Days of Heaven four (though both movies are rich in colorful minor roles). —Richard Alleva, Commonweal, 12 Mar. 1999
- The protagonists of Gordon's fiction are children who have been saddled with their parents' emotional bad debts. —Judith Thurman, New Yorker, 12 Mar. 1990
- The most adamant opposition to my argument is likely to come from protagonists of secular reason … —Glenn Finder, Atlantic, December 1989
She was a leading protagonist in the civil rights movement.
Milton Friedman is usually cited as the leading American protagonist of monetarism.
Recent Examples of protagonist from the Web
Just as Fleabag could stare into the camera and never quite tell us the truth, the two protagonists of Killing Eve are lying to themselves.
For decades, the protagonists of these movies have basically been the same: horny dudes who were desperate to score with any topless woman who happened to stumble into his bed.
This is apparently a more palatable female protagonist than someone like the main character on Cannon’s Netflix show Girlboss, based on Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso.
The protagonists of Japanese comic books come in various forms.
Buckaroo Banzai While preparing for a date with Art3mis in the OASIS, Parzival tries on several outfits, settling on a tribute to Buckaroo Banzai, the protagonist of the 1984 sci-fi film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.
Take someone like Selina Meyer, the protagonist of Veep.
Their fury unfolded in an astounding blast of threats and insults made possible by the cathartic properties of Twitter -- a medium unavailable to the protagonists of previous Washington melodramas.
That's especially true for the protagonist of 1985, an intimate domestic drama set against the first wave of the AIDS crisis in Ronald Reagan's America.
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Did You Know?
Struggle, or conflict, is central to drama. The protagonist or hero of a play, novel, or film is involved in a struggle of some kind, either against someone or something else or even against his or her own emotions. So the hero is the "first struggler", which is the literal meaning of the Greek word prōtagōnistēs. A character who opposes the hero is the antagonist, from a Greek verb that means literally "to struggle against".
Origin and Etymology of protagonist
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Definition of protagonist for English Language Learners
: the main character in a novel, play, movie, etc.
: an important person who is involved in a competition, conflict, or cause
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