What Is the Literary Definition of a Major Character?

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In literature, a major character is defined as a character that is central to the development and resolution of the story's conflict. Most of the action of the story happens around the major character or characters, and their activity advances the plot and helps determine the outcome of the text. The major character is not always the protagonist, as almost all novels have only one protagonist and several other major characters. The protagonist is the central character that is faced with the conflict that must be resolved.