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Developping Character. Types of Characters. Round Many different personality traits-often contradictory; draws the reader in as a real individual Flat Few personality traits, often stereotyped Dynamic Experiences Change Static Remains unchanged. Methods of Character Development.

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Developping character

Developping Character


Types of characters

Types of Characters

  • Round

    • Many different personality traits-often contradictory; draws the reader in as a real individual

      Flat

      Few personality traits, often stereotyped

      Dynamic

      Experiences Change

      Static

      Remains unchanged


Methods of character development

Methods of Character Development

Direct characterization: the narrator or a character in the story tells us what we need to know about a character

Indirect characterization: we find out about characters indirectly through thoughts, comments, or actions of the characters


Developping character

1.

  • Physical Description

    • Most common method

    • Identifies anything physical about the character

      • Height

      • Skin

      • Hair and eyes

      • Body type

      • Posture

      • Clothing

      • Personal possessions


Developping character

2

  • Name

    • Sometimes the name is chosen carefully and represents something in the story. Sometimes not


Developping character

3

  • Attitude

    • How the character reacts to the events of the story

      • Thought and Feelings

      • Dialogue

      • Actions – Body Language (Things I’ll never say) AvrilLaVigne TED

      • Narration


Developping character

4

  • Dialogue

    • The way the character speaks

      • Choice of words

      • Syntax

      • Tone

        Can convey attitudes and relationships


Developping character

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  • Thoughts

    • Can only analyze the thoughts of the character whose point of view we are following

      • Omnicient POV– everyone’s thoughts

      • Limited POV – only the character through whom we are see the story


Developping character

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  • Reactions of Others to the Character

    • How do other characters treat this character?

      • Verbal responses

      • Physical responses

      • Emotional responses


Developping character

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  • Actions – Linked to the progress of the Plot

    • How the character reacts physically to the events of the story

    • Incidents of the past that have shaped the characters motives and actions in the present

    • Amy Cuddy(show me)


Developping character

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  • Physical or Emotional Setting

    • The character’s reactions to the physical and emotional environments in the story.


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