"The Minister's Black Veil" - The Townspeople as Central Characters of the Text?I'm helping out a friend's son on his paper for Lit 101. He's writing it on Hawthorne's story "The Minister's Black...

"The Minister's Black Veil" - The Townspeople as Central Characters of the Text?

I'm helping out a friend's son on his paper for Lit 101. He's writing it on Hawthorne's story "The Minister's Black Veil." His prompt is to argue how the townspeople are in fact the central characters of the story, the modivating force, and how their communal reactions influence the story.

I have been unable to find a good resource for a description/definition of a central character. He needs this for this paper. Anyone have any good sources? We have used Rita Felski's The Uses of Literatire and The Glossery of Literary Terms, as well as A book I have called How To Write for TV, which talks in depth about the role and purpose of the CC.

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Central characters are the protagonists and antagonists.  Arguing that the congregation are the central characters, the writer can point to Mr. Hooper's role as only the catalyst to the reactions of the other personages in the story such as the vaious members of the congregation as well as Mr. Hooper's fiancee.

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