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Ms. Christie ELA 7 th Grade 11.4.13. Characterization. Characterization . Characterization is the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character. * D irect characterization * Indirect characterization. Direct Characterization.

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ms christie ela 7 th grade 11 4 13
Ms. Christie

ELA 7th Grade

11.4.13

Characterization

characterization
Characterization

Characterization is the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character.

*Direct characterization *Indirect characterization

direct characterization
Direct Characterization

Direct Characterization tellsthe audience what the personality of the character is.

  • Example: “The energetic baby Mustangs bounded through the hallway with great excitement and joy. They were happy children with a passion for learning.
  • Explanation: The author is directly telling the audience information about the characters (baby Mustangs).
indirect characterization
Indirect Characterization
  • Indirect Characterization showsthings that reveal the personality of a character. There are five different methods of indirect characterization.
indirect characterization1
Indirect Characterization
  • SPEECH
  • THOUGHTS
  • EFFECT ON OTHERS
  • ACTIONS
  • LOOKS
speech
Speech
  • What does the character say?
  • How does the character speak?
    • Funny?
    • Sarcastic?
    • Mean?
    • Kind?

***In general, how does Steven use his speech to influence the reader?

thoughts
Thoughts
  • What is revealed through the character’s private thoughts and feelings?
    • Inner dialogue
    • Questioning him/herself
thoughts1
Thoughts
  • Example:
    • “I came up with a new bargain with God: “If you make Jeffrey get better, I won’t go to this dance.” Maybe God knew that right then, staying out of the dance didn’t feel like a big sacrifice to me because he didn’t instantly cure my brother.” (Sonnenblick 94)
  • What can we tell about Steven from this example?
effect on others
Effect on others
  • What is revealed through the character’s effect on other people? How do other characters feel or behave in reaction to the character?
  • What effect does Renee have on Steven? Likewise? What does that say about them as characters?
actions
Actions
  • What does the character do? How does the character behave? How do they change throughout the novel?
    • Are there patterns?
    • Has Steven changed?
    • Are there certain traits missing?
looks
Looks
  • What does the character look like? How does the character dress?
    • Physical appearance
    • Clothes
    • Sometimes stereotypical
characterization questions
Characterization Questions
  • If we don’t get all of the elements of characterization from the author, what impact does that have on what we think of the character?
  • Analyze which types of characterization give the truest picture of your character?
  • How does characterization impact how you connect with the character(s)?
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