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Erin Ly

on 23 September 2014

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Transcript of Characterization

the process by which
a writer reveals the personality of a

There are two ways of conveying
information about a character:
Direct Characterization
Indirect Characterization.

Direct Characterization:
tells the audience what the personality of the character is.

"The patient boy and the quiet girl were both well mannered and did not disobey their mother."
Indirect Characterization
Indirect Characterzation:
the author shows things that reveal the personality of the character.

There are five ways an author can communicate information about a character using indirect characterization.
(What does the character say?)
(What is revealed through the character's inner thoughts?)
effect on other characters
(How do other characters act in response to this character?)
(How does this character behave? What does he/she do?)
(What does the character look like?)

Indirect or Direct Characterization?
Hermione was a know-it-all who always told Ron and Harry the correct way to use their wands.

"Stop! You're going to take someone's eye out," exclaimed Hermione. "It's LeviOsa, not LeviosA."
Indirect or Direct Characterization?
Snape stared at Harry. His dark expression matched his black clothes, black hair, and black eyes.

Of all the teachers at Hogwarts, Professor Snape was the meanest.
Character Development
Character Development:
the change in a
character over the course of a narrative.

Characterization terms:
Dynamic Character
Static Character
Round Character
Flat Character
Dynamic Character
A dynamic character undergoes an important change in personality in the story.

A dynamic character comes to some sort of realization that causes change.

Events in the story can be the catalyst of a dynamic character's change.
Static Character
A static character remains the same throughout the story.

Although something may happen to the character, it does not cause the character to change significantly.
Dynamic or Static?
Round Character

has many traits, both good and bad

not easily defined because we know many details about the character

realistic and life-like

major characters are round

"The test of a round character is whether it is capable of surprising in a convincing way. If it never surprises, it is flat." - E.M. Forster
Flat Character
not well-developed

does not have many traits

easily defined in a single sentence because we know little about the character

sometimes stereotyped

minor characters are flat
The leading character of a drama or literary work. The protagonist is the "good guy," the character the audience is rooting for.

The character who is opposed to, struggles against, or competes with the protagonist. The antagonist is the "bad guy" who makes things harder for the protagonist.
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