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Copy of Copy of Types of Characters

Definitions of protagonist, antagonist, round and flat characters.

Darilynn Hammond

on 27 June 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Copy of Types of Characters

Flat vs. Round
Static vs. Dynamic

Types of Characters in Fiction
Also thought of as the good guy.
is the main character of the story.

Also thought of as the bad guy or
the enemy.

is the character or group of characters in direct opposition to the protagonist.
Ex. Voldemort
Flat vs. Round Characters
Personality is not realistic
No complexity to the character's personality.
Minor characters in the plot who do not change through the plot
Stereotyped personalities
We only see 1 side of the character's personality

characters have only 1 or 2 qualities that define them.
Very human-like because they face conflict.
Not easily defined because we know many things about them.
Easy to relate to round characters

characters are complex characters that possess both good and bad traits.
Bella from "Twilight"
Why is Bella Swan considered a round character?
Ex. Harry Potter
Which of the characters in this video are flat?
They can be flat and static (dad from "Matilda")
Flat and dynamic (Snape from "Harry Potter")
Round and dynamic (Percy from "The Lightning Thief"
Round and static (Alice from "Twilight")
All characters are either
Flat or Round
Static or Dynamic
Protagonist vs. Antagonist
Dynamic Vs. Static Characters
Generally major characters in a story
Characters struggle to resolve their issues and create relationships with others in the story.
characters go through a change over time as a result of resolving a central conflict or facing a crisis.
Katniss from "The Hunger Games"
characters do not change throughout the plot
Do not change their beliefs and ideals
They are a rock.
Still important to the plot
Not dramatically affected by the conflict
The same personality each time we see them
Cruella Deville from "101 Dalmatians"
Why is Cruella a static character?
What is a stock character?
character is someone who is instantly recognizable.
This type of character is more commonly known as a stereotype or conventional character.
Stock characters are generally very minor characters in the plot of a story and will only be referred to one or two times.
The Gang from "Scooby Doo"
Let's label the stereotype!
What is a symbolic character?
This is a character that represents a major idea or theme of the plot.
A symbolic character could be a major or minor character in a story. The symbol may be specific to the "world of the story" or generalized.
Neo from "The Matrix"
Can you identify what Neo represents?
Do Now:
How have you changed the most in the last year? Answer in three to five sentences.
Today you will be able to understand characters as being flat, round, static, or dynamic by classifying characters based on their characterizations.

We are doing this because…It’s important to apply your understanding of these character types so that you can determine how an individual character can change the overall meaning of a story.
What questions do you have?

*Everyone MUST post 2 questions

*Write your answers in your notebooks

*Take 30 seconds
Take 30 seconds to think about Bella’s good traits and her bad traits

Then, on your whiteboards, draw a line splitting your boards in half.

At the top of the left side, write Good and at the top of the right side, write bad.

Under the labels list two good traits and two bad traits.

You have 30 seconds to write.

Think About It...
Why is Professor Snape from the Harry Potter series flat, but dynamic?
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