πρωταγωνιστής

Stavropoulos gives:  protagonist, (θεάτρ) star, leading actor; Collins (2003) gives leading actor, star, (μτφ) protagonist.  Collins is more reliable in suggesting that in English protagonist is usually metaphorical rather than literal.  It is interesting to note that the English term protagonist is most frequently used in cinema, theatre and fiction to mean not the real-life star, but the leading character of the story, and so roughly synonymous with hero or heroine, or main character.  So we would be unlikely to say Arnold Schwarzenegger was the protagonist, but we might well say James Bond is the protagonist...

  1. Mummy? And how did her `accident" happen? Morrison leads her protagonist slowly along a path of discovery, creating a sense of
  2. that is exactly what she is: her plot is improbable and her protagonist preposterous, but her writing, at moments, has a touch of
  3. leaves 16-year-old Medve -- built like a shire horse -- as protagonist and narrator. She is bored, obstinate and funny, with little
  4. semi-mystical ending convinced many readers that the protagonist is in some sense saved, even if the specific Hindu terms of ` to say `Here, sir"."
  5. Is it thrilling to be the leading protagonist on occasions of such spectacular theatricality? `No," is the theme running through both works
  6.  and this time the protagonist is Joanna, a young woman who has a one-night stand with an a
  7. s to the extent with which Knowles identifies with his protagonist's theories or whether he is simply playing with irony.
  8. In Leo Davidson (Mark Wahlberg), Burton has the kind of protagonist he's not used to presenting:
  9. The protagonist of Buster Keaton's masterpiece, The General, is the eponymous steam engine...
  10. Thomas Landman, the protagonist of Andre Brink's novel An Act of Terror, arrived at the same The Vanishing

In no 1, Morrison is the creator of the story, and the "protagonist" is her main character; likewise in no 10, Landman is a character created by Brink.  In no 9 the General is the name of a film, and the protagonist is a railway locomotive, also named The General.

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