A Death in the Family Questions and Answers
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In the story "A Death in the Family", who is the protagonist?

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In the story "A Death in the Family" the protagonist is Rufus, because the action revolves around the series of events that occur as a result of the death of his father, whose name was Jay. In a way, Rufus's process of coping, and the adaptation to a new life without Jay is the antagonistic influences that test, challenge, and make or break the main character. For this reason, the protagonist is Rufus, as he underwent the most intense transformation as a result of the climatic moment in the story when the father died.

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