tritagonist


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tritagonist

(trɪˈtæɡənɪst)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the character who follows the protagonist and deuteragonist in order of importance
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Recent poetry engaging with Greek and Roman texts shows a widespread tendency to select subjectivities not quite central to ancient myths--as if asking a character played by the tritagonist in a drama, rather than by the protagonist, to develop his or her own perspective.
He maintains that the three actors formed a hierarchy, with the Protagonist playing the most important parts, the Deuteragonist the next most important, and the Tritagonist the less important, and that a character who speaks much in one scene and little in another scene (such as Pheidippides in Clouds) will accordingly have been played by different actors in the different scenes.
Trying to occupy impartial ground were the tritagonists comprised of the judiciary, the police, journalists and researchers, the last being a small minority numbering perhaps two or three and exerting a miniscule influence over the performances.