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Developping Character. Types of Characters. Round Many different personality traits-often contradictory; draws the reader in as a real individual Flat Few personality traits, often stereotyped Dynamic Experiences Change Static Remains unchanged. Methods of Character Development.

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types of characters
Types of Characters
  • Round
    • Many different personality traits-often contradictory; draws the reader in as a real individual

Flat

Few personality traits, often stereotyped

Dynamic

Experiences Change

Static

Remains unchanged

methods of character development
Methods of Character Development

Direct characterization: the narrator or a character in the story tells us what we need to know about a character

Indirect characterization: we find out about characters indirectly through thoughts, comments, or actions of the characters

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  • Physical Description
    • Most common method
    • Identifies anything physical about the character
      • Height
      • Skin
      • Hair and eyes
      • Body type
      • Posture
      • Clothing
      • Personal possessions
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  • Name
    • Sometimes the name is chosen carefully and represents something in the story. Sometimes not
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  • Attitude
    • How the character reacts to the events of the story
      • Thought and Feelings
      • Dialogue
      • Actions – Body Language (Things I’ll never say) AvrilLaVigne TED
      • Narration
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  • Dialogue
    • The way the character speaks
      • Choice of words
      • Syntax
      • Tone

Can convey attitudes and relationships

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  • Thoughts
    • Can only analyze the thoughts of the character whose point of view we are following
      • Omnicient POV– everyone’s thoughts
      • Limited POV – only the character through whom we are see the story
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  • Reactions of Others to the Character
    • How do other characters treat this character?
      • Verbal responses
      • Physical responses
      • Emotional responses
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  • Actions – Linked to the progress of the Plot
    • How the character reacts physically to the events of the story
    • Incidents of the past that have shaped the characters motives and actions in the present
    • Amy Cuddy(show me)
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  • Physical or Emotional Setting
    • The character’s reactions to the physical and emotional environments in the story.