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Thinking About Character. 2013. Insider Character Detail. Definition: “Insider Character Details” are those little things that you do that other people don’t do, which—in their own little way—help make you a unique person.

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Insider character detail
Insider Character Detail

  • Definition: “Insider Character Details” are those little things that you do that other people don’t do, which—in their own little way—help make you a unique person.

  • What habits, ticks, preferences, or other quirks do you have that help make you unique?


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Insider Character Detail

  • Using your knowledge of the text and your own imagination, develop some insider character detail for your character. What habits, ticks, preferences, or other quirks do does your character have that helps make him or her unique?


Insider character details micro analysis
Insider Character Details Micro-Analysis

Write a micro-analysis that gives your reader insight into your character's quirks and personality:

  • Create a thesis statement about your character's personality

  • Write 2 fully-developed body paragraphs that explore his/her personality through insider character details that you can develop from the text


Micro analysis reminder
Micro-Analysis Reminder

Start with ONLY a thesis statement

Follow the thesis statement with 2 body paragraphs complete with:

  • Topic sentences

  • Textual evidence

  • Analysis

  • Concluding thoughts that link to your thesis


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Character Development 1

Where does your character start in the novel?

  • Think about where the character began/was first introduced

    • What was he/she like?

    • What were his/her beliefs?

    • How did he/she feel about Maycomb?

    • How did he/she feel about the Tom Robinson trial?

    • How did he/she feel about the Finch family?

  • Use textual evidence, but you may have to employ some imagination to fill in the gaps (predictions/inferences)


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