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Characterization. Unit Two: Fiction & The Hobbit. Who or what qualifies as a character?. A character will: Be a person or animal in the story Takes part in the action They are not usually described all at one time- information is given to the reader in pieces throughout the story.

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characterization

Characterization

Unit Two: Fiction & The Hobbit

who or what qualifies as a character
Who or what qualifies as a character?
  • A character will:
    • Be a person or animal in the story
    • Takes part in the action
    • They are not usually described all at one time- information is given to the reader in pieces throughout the story.
  • Ex: Ponyboy
  • Ex: Bilbo
how do characters become real
How do characters become real?
  • Two ways:
  • Direct Characterization:
    • The author or narrator gives the reader information about the character(s)
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Indirect Characterization:

    • The reader must examine the thoughts, actions, and feelings of a character for himself and make a decision
characters can be
Characters can be:
  • Major OR Minor
    • Major characters LEAD the story, while MINOR characters help add to thekey elements and plot
  • Protagonists or Antagonist
    • A PROTAGONIST is normally the main character, & the focus of the reader’s attention
    • A antagonist is usually in conflict with the protagonist, or the bad guy
  • Round OR Flat
    • Round characters have a background and different/ many sides to their personality
    • Flat characters give you little to no personal history or personal information, and have only 1-2 obvious personality traits
  • Static OR Dynamic
    • Static characters remain the same throughout the story
    • Dynamic characters change throughout the course of the story- normally dramatic changes
physical description
Physical Description
  • Describes anything physical about the character
  • Can include: Height, Weight, Clothing, short/ tall, skinny/ fat, Unusual qualities… anything you can see on the outside
name analysis
Name Analysis
  • Analyzing a characters name is looking more closely at the name and it’s relation to the characters traits and characteristics.
  • Not all characters name will have a meaning…
  • What is an example of this?
attitude appearance
Attitude/ Appearance
  • The reader’s description of the characters attitude.
  • How does the character feel about what is happening to him/her in the story?
dialogue
Dialogue
  • Dialogue is the way a character talks.
  • Includes the characters choice of words and the tone he/she speaks in.
  • Is the character: serious? Sarcastic? Ignorant? Obnoxious?
thoughts
Thoughts…
  • What is the character thinking?
  • What type of narrator must we have to know a characters thoughts?
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