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Characterization in Literature

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Characterization in Literature

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  1. Characterization in Literature Humorous Angry Compassionate Energetic Lazy Vengeful Happy Sad

  2. How do characters become real ?

  3. Atticus Finch

  4. The author or narrator gives the reader information about the character Direct Characterization

  5. 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

  6. Another character’s thoughts, words, or feelings about the character. Indirect Characterization • Another character’s thoughts, words, or feelings about the character.

  7. Indirect Characterization • The reader does the work! • The reader must examine the actions, words, and thoughts of the character.

  8. Protagonist – the main character – the focus of the reader’s attention Antagonist – a person or force in conflict with the protagonist Characters

  9. Characters • Round – some background – displays multifaceted personality • Flat – little or no personal history – one or two traits only

  10. Characters • Dynamic – changes in the course of the story – often dramatically • Static – remains the same throughout the story

  11. Why does the character do what he/she does? What reasons are there for his/her actions? Motivation