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Character/ization and Types (4A)

Literary Analysis, Grade 8, Lesson 4
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Amy Edmonds-Frost M.S.

on 9 September 2014

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The protagonist is the central person in a story, and is often referred to as the story's main character. He or she (or they) is faced with a conflict that must be resolved.
It's not who I am underneath,
but what I do that defines me.
PROTAGONIST:
ANTAGONIST:
The antagonist is the character(s)(or situation) that represents the opposition against which the protagonist must contend. In other words, the antagonist is an obstacle that the protagonist must overcome.
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Vol XCIII, No. 311
Characterization & Character Types
Main Character Types:
Character Types
DYNAMIC:
In fictional literature, authors use many different types of characters to tell their stories. Different types of characters fulfill different roles in the narrative process, and with a little bit of thought, you can usually detect some or all of the different types that we will go over.
Although there are many different character types, it does not mean there will be each type in every story. Also, some characters fall into more than one category or type of character.
Speech
Thoughts
Effect
Actions
Looks

The Joker is a villain and his words reinforce the type of character he is portrayed as.
SPEECH:
What
does the character say? How does the character speak?
GOTHAM
~Characterization is the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character.
~Characterization is revealed through direct characterization and indirect characterization.
GAZETTE
IN SHORT:
A dynamic character is a
person who changes over time, usually as a result of resolving a central conflict or facing a major crisis. (Most dynamic characters tend to be central rather than outer characters, because resolving the conflict is the major role of central characters.)
R
O
U
N
D
A round character is a well developed character who demonstrates varied and sometimes contradictory traits.
out a story or novel. (Events in the story do not alter a static character’s outlook, personality, motivation, perception, habits, etc).
STATIC:
A static character
remains primarily
the same through-
a flat character is one who reveals only one, maybe two, personality traits in a story or novel, and the trait(s) do not change.
Here's how you can tell!
Another way to find out!
1: DIRECT!
A. The writer makes direct statements about a character's personality and tells what the character is like.
Example:
"Vicki was a blonde beauty, which was only spoiled by her lack of intelligence and her snarky attitude."
2: INDIRECT!
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Characterization Column
Vol XCIII, No. 311
GOTHAM
GAZETTE
A. This is a more subtle way of describing the character(s) to the reader. The reader has to figure out for themselves the characteristics of the character by observing his/her speech, thoughts, effects on others, actions and looks.
Example:
"Her golden hair masked the void space between her perfectly symmetrical ears. As she pushed her way to the front of the line, she swung her head around, whipping her mane across the face of the man waiting his turn.
"What are you lookin' at?" she hissed at the man.
Not smart/dumb
beauty
rude/
testy
( )
on
others
"This city deserves
a better class of criminal,
and I'm going to give
it to them."
Think:
S. T. E. A. L.
Characterization
HOW TO ANALYZE CHARACTERS-
THOUGHTS
What is revealed through the character’s private thoughts and feelings?
I must protect good.
I must avenge evil.
Batman is all about good and against evil, even in his thoughts.
EFFECTS ( ):
on
others
What is revealed through the character’s effect on other people? How do other characters feel or behave in reaction to the character?
Poison Ivy is a
vixen, getting men, even Bat-
man, in very compromising situations.
ACTIONS:
Robin is the noble sidekick of our hero Batman. He will act in a way that defends good and defeats evil.
What does the character do? How does the character behave?
L
O
O
K
S
:
What does the
character look like?
How does the
character dress?
Bruce Wayne is portrayed as handsome with an athletic physique that is well dressed and groomed.
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There are two styles an author uses to give information about who
the characters are.
There are so many words and phrases that can be used to describe characters!

Be mindful of them!
These should look familiar:
Here are some examples
of NEGATIVE
character traits!
and some POSITIVE
traits. . . . .
. . . and a variety of
other traits!
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