The protagonist in my book is Ash. Her positive traits are that she is kind, smart, and very humble. But those are also her negative traits. She is too kind to tell her "evil stepmother" off when she should and too humble to think that she deserves a better life than the one she has now. You don't see too much of these traits in the beginning of the book, but they come out when Ash is forced to be her stepmother and stepsister's servant. They make the whole plot. If Ash thought more of herself she would've just left her stepmother's house and found somewhere else to stay. Without them, there would be no story.