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Character Types

Students will learn about protagonist, antagonist, flat, round, static, and dynamic characters


on 16 October 2017

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Transcript of Character Types


Flat Characters
in a story is the
character who faces the conflict.

main character
in a work, on whom the author focuses
most of the narrative attention.

Many times, but not all the time, the protagonist is the "good guy" or the "hero" of the story.
in a story is
the character who struggles against the protagonist

Many times, but not all the time, the antagonist is the "bad guy" or the "villain" of the story.
Characters that we know very little about are called
flat characters.

They are
built around a single idea or quality
and are
unchanging over the course of the narrative.

These are your
Dory is a good example of a
flat character.

Her character is built around her short term memory loss.
Round Character
A character that we know a great deal about is called a
round character.

Complex in temperament and motivation
; capable of
during the course of the narrative.

The protagonist is typically a round character.
Static Character
static character
stay the same
throughout the story.

He or she is not affected by the events of the story. There are
no changes to his or her personality.
Lord Farquaad is a
static character.

He is evil from the beginning to the end.
Dynamic Character
dynamic character
changes during the story.

Something happens in the story to cause the character to change his or her behavior or way of thinking.

Shrek is the perfect dynamic character.
Think how he changes from a mean, old grump to a kind-hearted soul as he falls in love with the princess.
Marlin is an example of a
round character.

We know his background and that he is overprotective of his son.

We learn a lot about his personality as he searches desperately for Nemo. His attitude changes over the course of the story.
In "Toy Story 2," Woody is the protagonist.
The Prospector, or "Stinky Pete", is an
. He makes things more complicated for Woody.

Choose 1 DVD (or think about our novel) and identify one example of each of the six types of characters.
Can you think of another antagonist in this movie?
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