Edgar Allan Poe's story "Silence-A Fable" can be confusing given the story's form. The story is being told from the perspective of an unnamed listener. Essentially, it is a frame story--meaning that it exists as a story within a story.
Two characters are gathered at a tomb: the Demon and the one (the listener) the demon is telling his story to. The Demon's story is about how he tormented a man. The Demon tried turning the world into a violent one, but the man refused to flee. Seeing that this did not work, the Demon made the world silent. Unable to take the silence, the man fled.
That said, the naming of the characters as protagonists or antagonists can be...
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