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Types of Characterization
Transcript of Types of Characterization
What is Characterization?
Types of Characters in Literature
In the real world
Review of Concepts
Characterization is how the author develops and displays the characters and their traits. It consists of a character's appearance, behavior, way of speaking, interests, thoughts, etc. (personality)
Class Objective: We will understand the meaning and uses of characterization and how we identify it with different characters.
Characterization is often presented in two different ways:
Example: Open to page 5 of Fahrenheit 451
The author reveals his character's personality and information in the story through dialogue, thoughts observations, etc.
"Hey Mary, did you see what Bob did in class today? It was HILARIOUS!"
“All the world's a stage
And all the men and women merely players
They have their exits and their entrances
And one man in his time plays many parts”
- William Shakespeare
The author, narrator or other characters will simply tell the audience what a certain character is like.
Ex: Bob is the class clown.
Where is it found?
Characterization is most frequently found in novels but it is also present in:
Characterization is most significant in longer texts because:
More can be revealed about each character.
The author has more opportunities to develop the characters' unique personalities
There are more characters in longer texts in most cases, which gives the author more opportunities to use them to further the plot.
Martin Luther King
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."
"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
"I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ."
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
Connection to other Literary Devices:
Example: “Bob runs as fast as a cheetah,” said Jim.
This is a simile and a form of characterization
1. Follow Instructions.
2. Be Respectul
3. Have Fun!
Prizes will be given!
Flat characters are those who are not highly developed in the story.
Not a lot of details/descriptions of these characters are given.
Flat characters usually play a supporting role to the main character.
A round character is one who is complex and highly developed.
The writer will give enough information on these characters for the reader to understand their feelings and emotions.
Round characters usually play a larger role in the story that flat characters.
Static characters are those who remain the same throughout the story.
While these characters may have experiences and interactions with other characters, they are not changed because of them.
Dynamic characters are those who undergo an important change as the plot of the story unfolds.
The change is usally internal, and may be good or bad.
Think about the main character in our novel,
The Hunger Games.
What type of character is Katniss?
What events and experiences have helped to shape her character?