Characterization in Literature Humorous Angry Compassionate Energetic Lazy Vengeful Happy Sad
The author or narrator gives the reader information about the character Direct 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
Another character’s thoughts, words, or feelings about the character. Indirect Characterization • Another character’s thoughts, words, or feelings about the character.
Indirect Characterization • The reader does the work! • The reader must examine the actions, words, and thoughts of the character.
Protagonist – the main character – the focus of the reader’s attention Antagonist – a person or force in conflict with the protagonist Characters
Characters • Round – some background – displays multifaceted personality • Flat – little or no personal history – one or two traits only
Characters • Dynamic – changes in the course of the story – often dramatically • Static – remains the same throughout the story
Why does the character do what he/she does? What reasons are there for his/her actions? Motivation