As I have read and witnessed, it seems that every story needs a protagonist you can empathize with or at least have sympathy for. This device is used, from my understanding, to convince the audience of your themes through intrigue in your character. At very least it seems that the character has to be interesting or ambiguous to catch the audience's attention or else the audience will not care. I know there are other methods of composing a story, but I only know of one other variation to the story centered protagonist: a group of people with equal focus and not just one main character. My question to all of you is whether or not you need to have sympathy for the main character/s a story surrounds for it be a good story? Examples would be appreciated.