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Characters

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Transcript of Characters

Everything you need to know about...
(noun) the people or animals who appear in a story.
Main Characters
Minor
The most important character or characters in a story, play, or poem.

They are the ones to face the major conflicts, or problems, of the story.

The secondary characters of the story.

They take part in the action, but are not the FOCUS of the attention.
Characters
Flat
or
Round
?

Flat characters are one-sided characters. A lot of times, they fit stereotypical ideas of people. They don't have as many character traits to describe them. Usually, minor characters fit this category.
Round characters are fully developed characters, complete with both faults and virtues. They are described with many different traits. Usually, a main character is a round character.
Example:
In "Little Red Riding Hood", the Big, Bad Wolf is described as being "big" and "bad". Everything he does is defined by those two things. He is a
flat character
.
Example:
In "Little Red Riding Hood", the little girl taking the picnic basket to her grandmother's house is a round character. She is described as being sweet and kind (after all, she's delivering goodies to her grandmother). But she is also described as having a flaw--she talks too much, and to the wrong people (she tells the wolf where she is going, and she doesn't know the wolf). Therefore, we know that Little Red Riding Hood is a
round character
.
Dynamic
or
Static
?
Dynamic characters grow or change through the story. These are the characters that learn a lesson. Usually, the main character of a story is a dynamic character.
Static characters do not change through the course of the story. They don't learn any lessons or grow as a person, they just stay the same as they are in the beginning.
Example:
We'll use "Little Red Riding Hood" again. If you remember how the story ends, the little girl learns a few valuable lessons by the end of the story. The most important thing she learns, though, is that it isn't a great idea to tell strangers everything. They might be big, bad wolves! So we can see that Little Red Riding Hood is a
dynamic character
.
Example:
The Big, Bad Wolf, on the other hand, does not learn anything through the fairytale. In the beginning, he is bad and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. At the end, he's the same...or dead. It all depends on the version you heard. He is a
static character
.
Antagonist
or
Protagonist
?
The antagonist of a story is the character or force that is in conflict with the protagonist.
The protagonist of a story is the main character that is trying to solve the conflict. Sometimes they are referred to as the "hero" of the story, even if they don't always act very heroic.
Antagonist
Protagonist
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how characters are developed
Direct
Indirect

Direct characterization
is when the author directly states the character's traits, or characteristics.
Examples of character traits:
kind

happy
funny
brave
heroic
sweet
friendly
strong
nice
smart
energetic
helpful
mean
sad
loud
crazy
weak
cowardly
lonely
boring
lazy
selfish
bashful
opinionated
hateful
quiet
snobbish
forgetful
envious
pitiful
grateful
energetic
repentant
demanding
careless
insecure
When a writer uses
indirect characterization
, they are relying on the reader to pick up clues about the character's personality.
How the character's appearance is described
What other characters say or think about this person
What this character says and does in the story
So how do
you
describe

characters
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