Protagonist Essay

258 WordsOct 8, 20092 Pages
How does the original, core word, and its meaning explain the position of the protagonist in each [both] of the Faulkner stories, and in one Amy Tan story, especially in regard to the character whose will dominates the actions and choices of the protagonist? Protagonist, the original word is defined as the principal character in a literary work (as a drama or story); a leading actor, character, or participant in a literary work or real event. Its core word is agon, defined as the dramatic conflict between the protagonist and antagonist in a work of literature. “The Joy Luck Club” by Amy Tan has eight protagonists, the women of each story is the protagonist. The antagonists in these stories are hard to identify, in “Scar”. There are many outside factors that contribute to attempting to if not in actually holding back the characters. For example in “Scar” an antagonist would be Popo, whereas in “The Joy Luck Club” an antagonist would be the war. Popo could be seen as the antagonist in a sense. She sort of discourages and makes An-Mei not want to form a relationship with her mother due to the hurt her mother has caused Popo. An-Mei, a confused little girl struggles with obeying her grandmother and trying to love a woman she was forced to forget. Throughout these stories we are able to determine who the protagonist is due to the struggles they face in overcoming their agonizing family, friends, or even

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