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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)


  • 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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