The Great Protagonist


A protagonist is regarded as a hero because they take up a quest to attain something they have determined to be worth risking their life for. Their journeys are filled with obstacles and adversaries that at first appearance seem impossible to overcome, but the protagonist’s resiliency and resourcefulness often leads them to victory.

Whether we are pursuing a promotion, an accomplishment, or a personal goal, we should keep in mind that the obstacles along our journeys are an integral part of our own stories. Just like a memorable protagonist, we should allow conflict to fuel our desire to become stronger, and constantly adapt to meet the problems we are facing.

Will you allow your antagonizing force to defeat you, or will you rise above it? And in the moments when your demons creep up on you, will you undergo the internal change necessary to continue on to your own finish line?

Something to think about.

  • Thomas M. Watt

4 thoughts on “The Great Protagonist

  1. I like my protagonists flawed, broken and dark, atleast that’s how I write mine!
    The idea of redemption rarely features in thier profiles but common decency and wanting to get drunk seem to figure heavily in thier goals, so what makes a ‘bad’ protagonist likable?

    Great write and true to point, you sum it up nicely

    • Thank you very much. True, when we see flaws in a protagonist it makes them more human, and easier to empathize with. A good story always includes a compelling character arc. ‘Rocky’ comes to mind when I think of a protagonist who begins as a man down on his luck and transforms into a relentless competitor.

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