From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
It's pretty clear that Paul is the protagonist. He's the one telling us the story through his journal, he's the one character who's in every scene, and he's the one guy we're really rooting for. Yep, he's our hero.