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Character Review. E/LA. Characterization. Authors develop their characters by the way they talk, look, think, feel, and through their interactions with other characters.

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  • Authors develop their characters by the way they talk, look, think, feel, and through their interactions with other characters.
  • Direct Characterization is when the author tells the reader about a character. For example: Ralphy Sherman from The Shadow Club is a liar. “We all looked at Ralphy---Ralphy Sherman who couldn’t pass a true-or-false exam because he didn’t know the difference. Should we believe this?” (Shusterman, 138).
  • Indirect characterization is when the author leaves clues about a character and let’s the reader make their own conclusion. This is the most popular way to develop a character. The prologue in the beginning of The Shadow Club is a perfect example. We meet Jared and hear his voice, but must draw our own conclusion whether he is good or bad by reading the book.
characterize the following well known characters
Characterize the following well known characters:
  • Katniss can be described mainly as:
    • A. brave
    • B. scared
    • C. tough
    • D. weak
    • Jared Mercer can be described mainly as:
      • A. kind
      • B. mean
      • C. jealous
      • D. confident
characters effect 3 things in a story
Characters effect 3 things in a story:
  • Other characters: Main characters interact with other characters in a story. Edward interacts with Bella to create an entire love story between a vampire and a human girl.
  • Conflict : The main character battles the conflict in the story and as he/she tries to solved the problem, the story unfolds.
  • Theme: When the character learns a lesson, so can the reader. This is where you find THEME!
  • A character in a book faces a problem, also known as a conflict. Jared in The Shadow Club is in a battle or conflict with the unbeatable kids in his school. This is a person vs. person conflict.
  • There are five types of conflict
        • Person vs. person
        • Person vs. nature
        • Person vs. self
        • Person vs. society
        • Person vs. fate
what is the conflict in this clip
What is the conflict in this clip?
  • Watch this video clip and determine with your group what type of conflict it is.

A character enters a story

They battle through a conflict

The conflict gets resolved

Static or dynamic


Watch this next video clip and decide two things:

What is the conflict?

Is the main character static or dynamic?

and the survey says
And the survey says:
  • The conflict is person vs. self. The main character has to battle against her own views and opinions of how the “perfect” life should be lived.
  • She is a dynamic character. She changed how she viewed success and found the love of family.
something new to add about character
Something new to add about character…
  • We can learn about theme by determining if a character has changed or not. If they change, ask yourself, “Why did they change?” “What lesson did they learn?”
  • Common themes are:
  • Never give up
  • Believe in yourself
  • Love will find a way
let s review what we have learned about character so far
Let’s review what we have learned about character so far.

Any person or animal in a story.

By what they look like, say, think, and do.

A dynamic character changes.

A static character stays the same.

The one most central to the action.

The character who gets in the way of the protagonist.

Important characters

Less important characters

Person vs. person, self, nature, society, fate

After they resolve the conflict, do they change from it?

What lesson did they learn that made them change?

What is the definition of character?

How does an author develop character?

What is a dynamic character?

What is a static character?

What is a protagonist?

What is an antagonist?

What is a main character?

What is a minor character?

What are the five types of conflict?

How can we determine if a character is static or dynamic?

What’s theme and how is it related to character?

and that s character


And that’s character…

If you can answer the questions, then you are ready for our character test. Characters as important to the story because we connect to them, like them, or hate them. We are surprised by them, saddened by them, and sometimes we are scared for them. We BOND with the characters of books or movies.