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  1. 1. Protagonist The protagonist is the main character in a story, novel, drama, or other literary work, the character that the This is Taylor Lautner whoThis is Miley reader or audience empathizes with, if his or her plays NathanCyrus who intentions are agreeable or not. in „Abduction‟plays Ronnie in who finds outthe „The Last An example of an protagonist would be Harry Potter as he wasSong‟ and she he is one of the main character throughout the film and abducted at ais the very youngprotagonist he is the “good guy” as this is how he is portrayed. The age, andthroughout the code and conventions he shows is he‟s a leader for shows hisfilm, as she is journey to findthe hero who example he is shown leading the order of phoneix out who hiswins over her against Voldemort. family reallydad‟s love. are.
  2. 2. This is IsabelleFuhrman, who Antagonistplays Esther, shean orphan whois really a 32/33year olds withdwarfism whoShe goes into  The antagonist is the opposite to the protagonist and also portrayed aspeoples homes the “Bad guy”. Antagonist is refers usually to a person or group ofall sweet and people opposing, struggling against or competes with anotherinnocent, then opponent/protagonist. Usually known for being someone who is verytries to have sex evil and always has a goal which is to prevent the protagonist‟s goal.with the man of For example we always see Voldemort trying to kill Harry because whenthe family. When he tried killing him as a baby & he couldnt, he felt weak. He wants to prove tohe says no, shetakes revenge the wizard world that Harry, the boy who lived can die in his hands.and kills all the This is the green goblin from the movie „Spider man‟family. his aim is to kill Spiderman throughout the whole film because he believes that Spiderman has killed his father and seeks revenge.
  3. 3. Thriller Protagonist „The thriller protagonist is an everyman thrust into an extreme situation. This character allows the audience to experience their own nightmares as they focus their emotional identification on the character‟s willingness to stay alive. While Thrillers and Action-Adventures have many superficial elements in common, there is one very clear distinguishing characteristic that separates the two genres.‟ From: Writing the thriller film (hicks)
  4. 4. Thriller protagonist does not possess martial skills ‘Although the character may have useful skills not directly related to the situation, he is not expert in hand-to-hand combat, firearms, or any other life-saving lethal skill. In 3 days condor, Joe Turner’s CIA dossier mentions that he worked in telecommunications while serving in the Army. Turner’s knowledge of system patches then, becomes element in his ability to confound his pursuers by cross- connecting the lines during his telephone calls to them.’From: Writing the thriller film (hicks)
  5. 5. Thriller protagonist does not come equipped with official sanction „Unlike the protagonist of an Action-Adventure, who enters the story generally as some kind of military or police presence with the official consent and duty to engage the enemy, the protagonist of a Thriller is an ordinary person thrown into extraordinary circumstances. The character, therefore act with the ethos of the audience.‟From: Writing the thriller film (hicks)
  6. 6. Thriller protagonist is a dabbler in life, a person who is marked by the avoidance of the commitment . „It is difficult to cast an iron mold for all Thriller protagonists, but by and large the lead characters in Thrillers share a common ethos of evasion and no confrontation. The Thriller protagonist has developed strategic avoidance as the principal skill for coping with the pressure of daily life.‟From: Writing the thriller film (hicks)
  7. 7. The Thriller protagonist has the simple objective of trying to stay alive. ‘Because the Thriller protagonist is more or less self- centered and moreover, because the character is directly threatened by the antagonist, the primary goal is to escape death. It is the Narrative Trajectory that the screenwriter must never lose sight of. If the audience cares about anything, they care about how the protagonist is going to remain alive. Any diversion from the Narrative Trajectory stretches their fundamental suspensions of disbelief.’From: Writing the thriller film (hicks)
  8. 8. Thriller protagonist discovers that personal salvation is also the only method to save society from a larger menace or conspiracy. ‘The nature of the Thriller antagonist is such that, nearly always, the menace threatening the protagonist is merely a sample of a greater danger to society at large.’Thriller protagonist has untested personal courage honor, orprinciples.„This is not to say that the Thriller protagonist is a coward, but thatthere is a significant difference between the nature of Thrillerback-to the-wall courage motivated by self-interest , and theAction-Adventure and thriller genres of the Action-Adventureprotagonist gains courage because of moral conviction, whereasthe Thriller protagonist gains moral conviction, whereas the Thrillerprotagonist gains moral conviction because of the courage.‟From: Writing the thriller film (hicks)