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Characterization in Literature. Humorous. Angry. Compassionate. Energetic. Lazy. Vengeful. Happy. Sad. How do characters become real ?. Atticus Finch. The author or narrator gives the reader information about the character. Direct Characterization. A character’s actions

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characterization in literature
Characterization in Literature

Humorous

Angry

Compassionate

Energetic

Lazy

Vengeful

Happy

Sad

indirect characterization
A character’s actions

A character’s interactions

A character’s appearance

A character’s words

A character’s thoughts

A character’s feelings

Indirect Characterization
indirect characterization6
Another character’s thoughts, words, or feelings about the character.Indirect Characterization
  • Another character’s thoughts, words, or feelings about the character.
indirect characterization7
Indirect Characterization
  • The reader does the work!
  • The reader must examine the actions, words, and thoughts of the character.
characters
Protagonist – the main character – the focus of the reader’s attention

Antagonist – a person or force in conflict with the protagonist

Characters
characters9
Characters
  • Round – some background – displays multifaceted personality
  • Flat – little or no personal history – one or two traits only
characters10
Characters
  • Dynamic – changes in the course of the story – often dramatically
  • Static – remains the same throughout the story
motivation
Why does the character do what he/she does?

What reasons are there for his/her actions?

Motivation
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