Who are the protagonist and antagonist in "The Open Window"? Which one is dynamic?

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pmiranda2857 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The Open Window by Saki is a short story.  The main characters are:

Frampton Nuttel, the Protagonist, or the main character,  

Vera, Mrs. Sappleton's niece is the Antagonist or the character who provides the conflict in the story. They are the two main characters.  The supporting characters in the story include:

Mrs. Sappleton, her husband and brother, Ronnie,  who come home from hunting, with the dog.

Frampton Nuttel's sister who recommends that he go to the country to rest his rattled nerves. 

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The protagonist of the story, the main character, is Framton Nuttel, a young man suffering from some kind of emotional problem who has come to the country to rest. The antagonist would be Vera, Mrs Sappleton's neice. After hearing of Nuttel's nervous condition, she invents a story about a window that's been left open in the room. She seems to have no qualms or guilt about scaring Nuttel so much he runs screeming out of the room. She make up an equally plausible story about why Nuttel left so quickly. The dynamic, round character is Nuttel, who at the beginning of the story is only moderately disturbed, but by the end of the story his sanity is gone and he has a nervous breakdown. As the ending of the story shows, Vera just keeps on making up "outlandish" stories.

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The protagonist of the short story "The Open Window" is Framton Nuttel. Framton is a man who visits the Sappleton family in the country in order to get some rest, as he suffers from a nervous condition. He is recommended to the family by his sister, who met the Sappletons in the past. 

The antagonist of the story is Vera. Vera is the 15 year-old niece of Mrs. Sappleton. She is a girl described as "self-possessed." This means that, even though she is young, she still has good control of her actions.  

The antagonist is the character or circumstance that acts against the protagonist as an adversary. Vera's character is the antagonist of Framton Nuttel because she tells him a fake story about her aunt's husband and two brothers, which worsens Framton's nervous condition to the point of sending him off running out of the house. 

Out of the characters, Framton would be dynamic because he changes: He goes from bad to worse. He had arrived in the house somewhat composed, and was sociable enough. He was able to carry a conversation with Vera, and kept control of himself until he saw, through the open window,  the supposed dead men arriving from their deadly hunting trip, which was Vera's fake story. 

This is when Framton cannot take it anymore and leaves the premises in horror. The rest of the characters would be static, or non-changing. 


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