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
In this op-ed, Digital West Coast Editor Ella Cerón explores why dismissing a film like Wonder Woman because of how its protagonist looks misses the film's greater point.
For some reason, the screenwriters decided to anoint Chambers as our main protagonist, which doesn't work at all.
Thankfully, our protagonists are making it through.
Both these conceits are trendy rather than serious, the stuff of comic books and romance novels, with ridiculously self-involved and absurdly cruel protagonists.
Cane’s protagonist is loosely based off of the author, Jean Toomer, a black man descended from mixed-race former slaves.
As the Guardian reports, the note includes a quote spoken by Pride and Prejudice character Caroline Bingley, who viewed actual avid bookworm protagonist Elizabeth Bennet as her main rival for the affections of Mr. Darcy.
Film Science Fiction’s Under-Appreciated Feminist Icon—Gabrielle Bellot celebrates one of the genre’s first protagonists to own her own womanhood.
Anyone familiar with Fitzgerald’s novels, however, knows that like Jay Gatsby and all the writer’s protagonists, Stahr’s real model is Fitzgerald, a onetime boy wonder himself.
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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".
Synonymsadvocate, advocator, apostle, backer, booster, champion, expounder, espouser, friend, gospeler (or gospeller), herald, hierophant, high priest, paladin, promoter, proponent, exponent, supporter, true believer, tub-thumper, white knight
Antonymsadversary, antagonist, opponent
Related Wordsloyalist, partisan (also partizan), stalwart; adherent, cohort, disciple, follower; interpreter; applauder, cheerleader, encourager, fellow traveler
Near Antonymsenemy, foe, rival; belittler, critic, faultfinder
PROTAGONIST Defined for English Language Learners
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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