Character Development in Creative Writing. Core Standard: 11 th Grade Composition Section 3.1.a.ii: Use narrative techniques such as dialogue, pacing, description, reflection, and multiple plot lines to develop characters.
Character Development in Creative Writing
(Probably the coolest special effects I’ve ever seen in this scene of Return of the King)
(Frodo is certainly the main protagonist in The Lord of the Rings—without his story, there would be no beginning, middle, or end)
(Even though the fellowship “fails” its intended purpose in the story, these characters remain crucial allies to Frodo throughout the trilogy and help tell the tale of Middle Earth)
Having multiple protagonists
(Aragorn, Pippin, and Merry can be considered separate protagonists from Frodo, since the books/films follow their stories in Middle Earth as dutifully as Frodo’s)
(Sauron depicts the classic villain, a form of pure evil, and therefore is considered a “flat” antagonist. The One Ring, Sauron’s form of antagonism, provides the more complicated arena of the “good” antagonist)
(The orcs from Mordor (most common in Return of the King), or the “Uruk-hai” from Isengard (Fellowship of the Ring and Two Towers) are the “minions” represented in mass)
Having multiple antagonists
(Saruman, the evil wizard who rules Isengard, is the most dynamic antagonist in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Another antagonist could be the Lich King, leader of the Ring Wraiths)
(Gollum is a form of “other” character. He is crucial for Frodo’s success, but he also turns into a mighty villain. The internal fight between Gollum/Smeagol adds tension.
Secondary vs. Primary Characters
Creating Good Dialogue
(Dialogue between Arwin, Elrond, and Aragorn is particularly powerful, since it alters Arwin’s fate in Middle Earth)
Frodo endures many hardships on his journey to Mordor, but no struggle is as grueling and conflicting than his internal love/hate relationship to the One Ring and the power is has over him. Having characters go through internal struggles like this instead of purely external obstacles creates well-rounded, more interesting human experiences in stories.
(A very happy ending for Aragorn, who becomes the King of Gondor, and Arwin, the elvin princess)
How the bad guy falls
(The Lord of the Rings trilogy had a very thorough, final ending—all evil had been destroyed and only goodness prevailed. Not all stories need to be as permanently final)
(The friendship between Frodo and Sam is truly profound, since it changes and is tested throughout the trilogy)