Jacob’s Ladder Analysis

The second time I watched the movie I sat down and took notes on what I felt were the most important moments of the scene and the time stamps of when a scene changed environment. I decided to identity each characters position in the movie and define them as either primary, secondary or tertiary characters. First I sourced the definition of these words:

A protagonist (from Ancient Greek πρωταγωνιστής (protagonistes), meaning “player of the first part, chief actor”) is the main character in any story, such as a literary work or drama.

(Take note that the antagonist is a force that operates against your protagonist. It’s usually a character, but it doesn’t have to be. … Secondary characters populate your world and help move the story along. There are two main subclasses of secondary characters; supporting characters and minor characters.


A tertiary character is a character whose purpose and significance is little, even if they appear in more than one episode. These characters can be stock characters or joke characters, if they are granted higher importance than that, they can be bumped to a secondary character.





Jess, Louis, Michael, Paul, Sarah, Gabe, Gabe, Geary


Everyone else


Jacob seemed to be the only protagonist of the movie which made me place him as the Primary character. Each of the secondary characters i feel have enough significance in the movie to be have this category, Gabe and Sarah don’t have much of an active party in the movie however their emotional significance makes them secondary characters as opposed to Tertiary.



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