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Characters in Stories. ASL Literature in English. Characters: Definitions. An imagined person who inhibits a story An object with recognizable human personalities Acting in a reasonably consistent manner Provided with motivation: sufficient reason to behave as they should do.

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characters in stories

Characters in Stories

ASL Literature in English

characters definitions
Characters: Definitions
  • An imagined person who inhibits a story
  • An object with recognizable human personalities
  • Acting in a reasonably consistent manner
  • Provided with motivation: sufficient reason to behave as they should do
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Characters: Definitions
  • Sudden and unexpected behaviours of a character: general trust that there is a reason behind
  • Example: Ebenezer Scrooge In “Christmas Carol ”(Charles Dickens)
  • Changes within one night - after the visits of four ghostly visitors
stock characters
Stock characters
  • Often known by some outstanding trait(s)
  • Little detailed portraiture
  • Examples:
    • the bragging soldiers in Greek and Roman comedy
    • Prince Charming in fairy tales
characters flat or round
Characters: Flat or Round?
  • Flat characters:
    • characters with only one outstanding trait or feature, or at most a few distinguishing marks
    • Example: Mad scientist – lust for absolute power + crazily gleaming eyes
    • Stay the same throughout the story - Static
characters round or flat
Characters: Round or Flat?
  • Round characters:
    • Presented with portraits in greater depth and more details
    • Personalities to be realized through his thoughts, feelings and perceptions
    • Often Change (become enlightened, grow or deteriorate) - dynamic
characters names
Characters: Names
  • An indicator of character’s natures
  • Allusion: a reference to a famous person, place, or thing in history, in fiction, or in actuality
  • Example (Charles Dickens)
    • Mr. Jingle: something jingly, light, and superficially pleasant
  • A common feature in recent novels
  • A protagonist conspicuously lacking in one or more of the usual attributes of a traditional hero (bravery, skill or idealism)
  • Usually ordinary and unglorious
  • Loners without perfections, just being able to survive
  • Lack characters – a person’s conduct / persistence and consistency in seeking to realize his long-term aims
  • Example:
    • Meursault (The Stranger by Albert Camus) – so alienated that he was unmoved at his mother’s death
changing in attitudes towards characters
Changing in Attitudes towards Characters
  • 18th Century:
    • Nature of an individual is fixed and unalterable
    • Characters always behave in a predictable fashion
    • Their actions should be consistent with their personalities
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Changing in Attitudes towards Characters
  • Nowadays:
    • People do not even have definite selves to alter
    • The impact of Sigmund Freud and other psychologists
    • A large part of human behaviour is shaped in the unconscious
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Changing in Attitudes towards Characters
  • Personality: more vulnerable to change from age, disease, neurosis, psychic shock or brainwashing
  • Shifting bundles of impulses: Characters spurred to act by incomprehensible passions and urges
  • Gratuitous act: a deed without cause and motive