Who was the protagonist and the antagonist in the story called "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe?I am confused between if the narrator is the protagonist or the antagonist and if the...

Who was the protagonist and the antagonist in the story called "The Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe?

I am confused between if the narrator is the protagonist or the antagonist and if the narrator is the protagonist, then who is the antagonist?

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In some texts it appears that the protagonist  is bad and the antagonist is good, whichis the opposite of what we expect. In "Macbeth", for instance, Macbeth is the main character in the play. He is responsible for the evil deeds in the play, which make him bad, but in his case itis the good characters who are the antagonists as they work against him

 The protagonist in any story is the main character: in the case of "The Tell-Tale Heart", the mad narrator. It is hard to identify with him, but as he addresses us directly in the story, we are meant to engage with him-

Hearken! and observe how healthily, how calmly, I can tell you the whole story.

The antagonist is the protagonist's opponent: one who creates challenges that the protagonist must overcome. The old man is the source of the narrator's anger,or at least his "vulture eye" is.

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