CHARACTERS The people, animals, or imaginary creatures that take part in the action of a story.
Main Character Usually a short story centers on events in the life of one important character. This is the main character. A novel may have more than one main character.
MinorCharacters The other less important characters are called minor characters. They interact with the main character and help to move the plot along.
Key Standard Reading Standard 3.3 Analyze characterization as delineated through a character’s thoughts, words, speech patterns, and actions; the narrator’s description; and the thoughts, words, and actions of other characters.
Characterization The way a writer creates and develops a character.
Direct Characterization The narrator names the character’s traits. “She was a large woman with a large purse that had everything in it but hammer and nails.” -Thank You M’am, by Langston Huges
Traits are qualities in a character’s personality, such as gentleness, boldness, loyalty, or determination.
Character traits affect the way a character acts or reacts to situations and other characters.
Indirect Characterization What the character is thinking and feeling I want to get out of here!
Indirect Characterization The character’s looks and clothing
Indirect Characterization What the character says. If you’re gonna cook in my kitchen, then you will do it right!
Indirect Characterization What the character does.
Indirect Characterization What others say or think about the character You poor thing! What a wimp!