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    Question Is it right??....in the movie

    Is it right to use the word "PROTAGONIST" as an antonym of "Antagonist" when refering to the "MOVIE" we watched last time??

    Please give me a referrence that the WORD "PROTAGONIST" can be used when REFERRING IT TO the MOVIE.


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    Re: Is it right??....in the movie

    The protagonist is the most important character- the hero or heroine.

    You'll see that both of these dictionaries use the terms in relation to movies:
    antagonist definition - Dictionary - MSN Encarta
    AskOxford: protagonist
    They can be used for any work of fiction: film, novel, drama, etc

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    Re: Is it right??....in the movie

    I think we can address them leading actor/man or leading actress/lady.

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    Re: Is it right??....in the movie

    Or just 'lead'.

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    Re: Is it right??....in the movie

    Going back a few thousand years, the protagonist was the only actor on the stage. A very small number of people (mostly students of Greek tragedy) still insist on this usage, but for film the links Tdol gave you are fine.

    A bit of etymological background: the root of the prefix is Greek protos (first), not Latin pro (on behalf of), so don't make the mistake of using 'protagonist' to mean 'proponent'.

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