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Characters-. force which moves along the plot. human, animal, robot, etc. Characters. Protagonist. t he character(s) or force(s) around whom the story revolves. t ypically is determined by the conflict and/or point of view, but not always.

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force which moves along the plot

human, animal, robot, etc.



  • Protagonist

the character(s) or force(s) around whom the story revolves

typically is determined by the conflict and/or point of view, but not always

for each conflict, there is one person or one group that plays the role of protagonist

Huck learns about injustices of life

In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet learn about the passion of love

Scout learned about the injustices of life

To Kill a Mockingbird

Atticus learned that he was right; doing the right thing is usually tough

Great Gatsby

Nick learns that everyone has an ounce of decency



  • Antagonist

the character(s) or force(s) who cause the conflict for the protagonist

typically is determined by who/what the protagonist struggles with

And who/what the protagonist must overcome in order to reach the resolution

for each conflict, there is one force to act as the antagonist

society & its expectations challenge Huck’s piece of mind

In the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

their parents act as obstacles to happiness

Romeo and Juliet

fate and divine intervention seems to act against the lovers’ happiness

Ignorance and bias prevent Scout from peace

To Kill a Mockingbird

traditional ways prevent Atticus from being accepted

Great Gatsby

past tragedies haunt Jay until he is able to deal with them



  • Secondary Characters

these are all the other characters who represent the supporting cast

relations, friends, neighbors, professionals, non-professionals

Inserted for logistical need

Inserted for comparative analysis

Inserted for character demonstration

Inserted as a moral compass



  • Round or Flat

Round = many sides to the character, fuller development

Flat =single sided, more stereotyped

What can the reader imply by the fact the author chooses to

develop a character?

Why might an author choose to stereotype a character?



  • Static or Dynamic

Static = doesn’t change or evolve with the situation/times

Dynamic = changing, evolving, developing

The fact that a character changes implies much about his/her

character. Does change always imply positive character trait?



direct and subtle ways the author chooses to reveal his/her character.

direct- author directly tells readers what to think

indirect- author provides information but the reader might choose to ignore it or judge the character based on the information provided

Why hold back information?