In a story like The Great Gatsby (just using this as an example), the main story revolves, IMO, around Gatsby, and it is his conflict that drives the plot forward. But we get the story from Nick's POV, thus giving us a little narrative distance from Gatsby. (I think Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is done the same way, but I haven't read it in years.) In this sort of situation, is Nick the protagonist, or is Gatsby? That is just a wonder I had, but I really started thinking about it because I am working on a new short story and I just can't decide what sort of POV I want to do it in, and I was considering using that same sort of narrative distance, where it is once character relating the story of another character. The story revolves around really trying to get into the head and understand this other character (I should start labeling them in this post so it doesn't get confusing: Let's call them the Nick or Gatsby respectively) -- so it revolves around trying to understand my "Gatsby's" story, and I thought by using a "Nick" I could help the reader identify with the curiosity of other characters within the story. But at the same time I feel this limits me in certain regards. Of course there is always a trade off, and I ultimately have to decide what is best, but if we were to say there are certain "distances" of narration, where a first person narrator gives us the closest thoughts of the character, and then moving further and further out we get a third-person subjective, and then third-person objective, etc, in general, how would the distance of a first person "Nick" narrator compare to a third-person subjective from "Gatsby's" POV. Boy, I really hope I didn't lose you guys too much in all of that.