Thread: Fatal Flaw?
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Old 04-08-2010, 11:02 AM   #236
JeffLowell
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Default Re: Fatal Flaw?

Labeling the person who wants the MacGuffin the "protagonist," even though the word has a very different, very established meaning, is just weird. I'm sorry.

By that logic, Gollem is the protag of LOTR. The ring is the story device that propels the entire movie. Frodo hates the thing and wishes he were rid of it. Gollem is more active in his pursuit than Laszlo is with the letters. Without Gollem, the ring never makes it to Mt Doom. Hell, without Gollem, it doesn't go in the fire - Frodo had decided to keep it. Gollem is the last person to hold the ring - he ends up with it, not Frodo. Gollem is Laszlo.

This theory is bonkers. The MacGuffin is not the movie.
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