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Character Types

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

on 14 September 2014

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Transcript of Character Types

Character
Types

Protagonist
Antagonist
Flat Characters
The
protagonist
in a story is the
character who faces the conflict.

The
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.
The
antagonist
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
minor
characters.
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
growth
and
change
during the course of the narrative.

The protagonist is typically a round character.
Static Character
A
static character
will
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
A
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
antagonist
. He makes things more complicated for Woody.
YOUR TURN:

Choose 1 DVD and identify one example of each the six types of characters.
Can you think of another antagonist in this movie?
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