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Definition: The antagonist is the main opponent of the main character in a work of literature. The main character is called the protagonist.
In Ken Kesey's novel, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," Chief Bromden in the narrator, McMurphy is the protagonist, and Nurse Ratched is the antagonist.

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