Character. Character = a person or animal in a story. Characterization. The methods used by the author to create or reveal the characters in a story. Direct Characterization. The author simply says what the character is like.
Character = a person or animal in a story
The methods used by the author to create or reveal the characters in a story.
The author simply says what the character is like.
For example, “Miss Alice was the nicest person you would ever want to meet.”
The author presents the character’s personality through the character’s words, actions, and thoughts, along with how other characters relate to him/her.
You must then draw your own conclusions about the character.
Indirect characterization is the most similar to the way we learn about people in real life.
(A) James was one of those people who was constantly angry. He looked for trouble wherever he went, and he usually found it.
The author comes right out and tells you that James was always angry and that he was looking for a fight almost constantly.
Stanley’s eyes blazed as he surveyed the room. The corners of his mouth pointed in a decidedly southerly direction. Carol moved aside as he stalked past her.
“Look out for Stan,” she whispered to Bart. “He’s in another one of his moods. I’d stay far away if I were you!”
We can tell from his angry eyes, frowning mouth and the way he walked that he is angry.
We can also see that others are somewhat frightened of him by observing their reactions. Carol moves aside and warns Bart to avoid Stanley.
When she was 17, Linda dropped out of high school and married a 39-year-old painter.
Linda is independent and maybe reckless. She doesn’t do what people expect.
Why do you think so?
A round character is a complex, fully developed character.
A flat character is a one-dimensional character, typically not central to the story
A motive is a reason that explains or partially explains a character’s thoughts, feelings, actions, or speech. If the motives of a main character are not clear, then the character will not be believable.
Characters are often motivated by needs, such as food and shelter. They are also motivated by feelings, such as fear, love, and pride. Motives may be obvious or hidden.
The personal traits that make up the character’s personality.
Dialogue is a conversation between two or more people. Dialogue is usually set off by quotation marks to indicate a speaker’s exact words.