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Explicit vs. Implicit Characterization

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Cole Deike

on 20 August 2013

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Transcript of Explicit vs. Implicit Characterization

Character Development
Characters in novels, much like you, are not flat cardboard cut-outs. They should be complex, emotional, changing, and realistic! If character development is very thorough in a novel, you will almost feel like you know the character. Characterization is the art of bringing life to a character in literature, and an author will do that in a few different ways...
Explicit Characterization
This is when an author flat-out tells the audience what the character is like. For instance, "George Stoyonovich was a neighborhood boy who had quit high school on an impulse when he was sixteen, out of patience..."
Implicit Characterization
Implicit characterization is when you need to infer what the character is like. This occurs when an author gives you a character's thoughts, actions, interactions, speech, and context. For instance, "Mr. Deike slammed his fist on the his desk when the students didn't understand his instructions." From that action, you could infer about my character that I'm an angry individual.
Development Means Change
The person you are now is not the person you will be when you graduate from CFHS. Likewise, the character of a novel will not be static; or, in other words, the character will not be the same at the beginning of the novel than he or she will be at the conclusion of the novel. The events, happenings, occurrences, and lapse of time in the story will change (or develop) a character. How do you think the character will change in our coming short story?!
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