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Character Motivation

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Tara Buchanan

on 23 September 2013

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Transcript of Character Motivation

Why do characters do what they do?
Character Motivation
A feeling or thought that moves a character to action in a story. This commonly includes feelings derived from a characters value system.
Motivation is the power behind the plot. A "problem" is not enough.
A character's prior experiences give the character values or reactions to apply to situations/problems.
Motivation:
Attaching a character to the plot
A character is motivated
to act by an
outside force.
Extrinsic Motivation
Cady in Mean Girls is driven to drastic measures in an attempt to level ground with the "Plastics". She is driven by her dislike of these girls and her desire for revenge.
Extrinsic Examples:
Thor is motivated by strong internal values: honor, bravery, loyalty and responsibility
Intrinsic Examples
Can you think of any other
characters motivated by Intrinsic or Extrinsic Factors?
Values
family
Pleasure
Religion
Integrity
loyalty
Love

Intrinsic Motivation
Forces
Money
Resources
Revenge
Performance
Katniss is also a character motivated by strong internal values: family, bravery, compassion and responsibility
Tony Stark as Ironman is initially driven by his desire to get ahead and be the best, not to mention his love of attention. All of which are outside factors.
What is their motivation? Why do they do what they do in the story?
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