Definition: • The process by which a writer reveals the personality of a character. • Two methods: • Direct characterization • Indirect characterization
Characterization Methods • The writer tells the reader directly what the character is like. • Example: • …Beowulf, Higlac’s/Follower and the strongest of the Geats—greater/And stronger than anyone anywere in this world— • The reader has to use her own judgment and put together clues that the writer gives her. • This is similar to what we do in real life when we meet someone and are trying to get to know them. • 3methods of Indirect Characterization. Direct Characterization Indirect Characterization
Indirect Characterization • The writer reveals the character by: • 1. physical description • 2. describing the character’s actions, thoughts, feelings, and speech • 3. revealing the character’s effect on other people; showing how other characters feel or behave toward the character.
Kinds of Characters • Static characters do not change much during the story. • Dynamic characters change in some important ways over the course of the story. Static Dynamic
With your partner: Partner A • List two static characters from Beowulf. Partner B • Identify one dynamic character from Beowulf and explain what makes this person dynamic. Static Dynamic
Kinds of Characters • Flat characters have only one or two personality traits. • Round characters have complex personalities. • They are more like real people. Flat Round
Kinds of Characters • The main character in fiction, drama, or narrative poetry. • Most are rounded and dynamic. • Example: • Beowulf • The character or force that opposes or blocks the protagonist in a narrative. • Example: • Grendel Protagonist Antagonist
With your partner: Partner A • Identify the protagonist in the Iliadand explain why you believe this is so. Partner B • Identify the antagonist in the Iliad and explain why you believe this is so. Protagonist Antagonist
Paired Practice: Complete the following with your partner • Partner A: Identify a protagonist you are familiar with in your life. Indirectly characterize this person giving one detail for each of the three methods. • Partner B: Identify an antagonist you are familiar with in your life. Indirectly characterize this person giving one detail for each of the three methods. • Together: • 1. Create a conflict that would occur if these two people met. • 2. Create a resolution to this conflict.
For Monday: • Think about what kinds of characters would fit your conflict and the moral you want to teach. • Come prepared to create!