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Characterization Unit


Heather Niedfeldt

on 10 February 2013

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Transcript of Characterization Unit

Characterization Character Development What is the role of the character? Character Behavior Characterization:
process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character Round characters Harry Potter Peter Pan Alice Sherlock Holmes Winnie the Pooh Tom Sawyer Dracula Frankenstein Hamlet Ponyboy Katniss -What makes a character real? -From literature, movies, and life, what gives them breath? -Memorable characters: Why are they memorable? How do people feel about that character? What do you know about how this character thinks and acts? Elbow partners Direct characterization: Indirect characterization: -author tells us directly what the character is like -author lets us use our own judgment, put clues together to figure out what a character is like
(just like in real life) Just like in real life...
we have to read context clues as to a person's character... What does the character
look like? How does
he/she dress? How does the character speak?
What thoughts or feelings are expressed or shown? How does the character react or behave?
How do other characters act around them? Flat characters ROLE: -Complex
-highly developed -variety of traits

-show a range of emotions

-display strengths and weaknesses

-usually change over the course of a story -To serve as main character who makes the story rich and interesting

-helps define the theme - one-sided -only one or two traits

-shows only a few emotions

-may be stereotypes or
stock characters

-do not grow or change ROLE: -serve as minor character who advances plot or provides info

-reveals something about the main character Motivation: the reasons behind his or her actions How do you know which is which? Dynamic character: character who remains the same Character who changes and grows as the plot develops Static character: All of this information will help you
make inferences as you read the stories.
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