Ms. Christie ELA 7th Grade 11.4.13 Characterization
Characterization Characterization is the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character. *Direct characterization *Indirect characterization
Direct Characterization Direct Characterization tellsthe audience what the personality of the character is. • Example: “The energetic baby Mustangs bounded through the hallway with great excitement and joy. They were happy children with a passion for learning. • Explanation: The author is directly telling the audience information about the characters (baby Mustangs).
Indirect Characterization • Indirect Characterization showsthings that reveal the personality of a character. There are five different methods of indirect characterization.
Indirect Characterization • SPEECH • THOUGHTS • EFFECT ON OTHERS • ACTIONS • LOOKS
Speech • What does the character say? • How does the character speak? • Funny? • Sarcastic? • Mean? • Kind? ***In general, how does Steven use his speech to influence the reader?
Thoughts • What is revealed through the character’s private thoughts and feelings? • Inner dialogue • Questioning him/herself
Thoughts • Example: • “I came up with a new bargain with God: “If you make Jeffrey get better, I won’t go to this dance.” Maybe God knew that right then, staying out of the dance didn’t feel like a big sacrifice to me because he didn’t instantly cure my brother.” (Sonnenblick 94) • What can we tell about Steven from this example?
Effect on others • What is revealed through the character’s effect on other people? How do other characters feel or behave in reaction to the character? • What effect does Renee have on Steven? Likewise? What does that say about them as characters?
Actions • What does the character do? How does the character behave? How do they change throughout the novel? • Are there patterns? • Has Steven changed? • Are there certain traits missing?
Looks • What does the character look like? How does the character dress? • Physical appearance • Clothes • Sometimes stereotypical
Characterization Questions • If we don’t get all of the elements of characterization from the author, what impact does that have on what we think of the character? • Analyze which types of characterization give the truest picture of your character? • How does characterization impact how you connect with the character(s)?