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The protagonist of this novel of adventure is Tommo, who is also the principal speaker in the novel. The novel revolves around this character, describing his adventure into the Typee valley and his reactions to the nature of the tribals. Tommo is a one- dimensional figure, who does not morally develop in the novel. More emphasis being given on the adventure and description of the Typees, it is unimportant for the protagonist to mature. He is merely the eye view through which the lifestyle of the Typees is displayed.
As previously mentioned, since there is not much of detailing on the main character, similarly there is no one antagonist in the novel. As such, the entire clan of Typees can be considered as the antagonists since they have imprisoned Tommo. Yet the word does not correcting describe the natives, who infact, are extremely kind and hospitable to Tommo and Toby, throughout their stay. Their only flaw is their inherent savage nature which is revealed in the fact of their refusal to allow Tommo to escape from their territory.
The conflict in Tommo’s mind arises only when he begins to worry about his safety. Till then, he had been relatively content living amongst the natives and enjoying the stardom attributed to him. However, the moment he realizes that the natives have no plans of letting him return to his land and are infact, guarding his every move, Tommo decides on trying to escape.
The outcome of this mental conflict of Tommo, results in his memories attempts at escaping. He tries to leave by night but he is zealously guarded then too. Tommo probably needed the required push to attempt his escape since his stay had otherwise been extremely comfortable. His escape from the valley thus portrays the need of a civilized being to return to his roots. Finally taking a little help from Marnoo, and much more from Marheyo and Karakoee, he manages to safely transport himself from the flawed Eden of Typee to his own safe native land of England.
The story thus is an adventure into the realms of the unknown, the mysterious, and the forbidden and it maintains this aura till the last.