deuteragonist


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deu·ter·ag·o·nist

 (do͞o′tə-răg′ə-nĭst, dyo͞o-)
n.
The character second in importance to the protagonist in classical Greek drama. See Usage Note at protagonist.

[Greek deuteragōnistēs, second actor, an actor taking the secondary role (as opposed to the main role) : deuteros, second; see deu- in Indo-European roots + agōnistēs, actor; see protagonist.]

deuteragonist

(ˌdjuːtəˈræɡənɪst)
n
(Theatre) (in ancient Greek drama) the character next in importance to the protagonist, esp the antagonist
[C19: from Greek deuteragōnistēs, from deutero- + agōnistēs contestant, actor]

deu•ter•ag•o•nist

(ˌdu təˈræg ə nɪst, ˌdyu-)

n.
(in ancient Greek drama) the actor next in importance to the protagonist.
[1850–55; < Greek deuteragōnistḗs. See deuter-, agonist]

deuteragonist

Greek Drama, the role that is second in importance to that of the protagonist, or main character.
See also: Drama
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Neil Thomas does away with two prejudices about Diu Crone: firstly, that it falls into two discrete parts, an 'abduction of Guinevere' story (down to line 13,901) and a story of how Gawein, after a series of adventures closely based on the Gawan books of Wolfram's Parzival, achieves the Grail (thereafter to the end); secondly, that this second part is a more or less arbitrary attempt to make Gawein, the deuteragonist of Wolfram's poem, into the hero of a romance devoted solely to him--which implies that Diu Crone is simply a second-rate calque on Wolfram.
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.