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Transcript of Characterization
Direct Characterization-telling readers exactly what a character is like
Indirect Characterization-shows the readers what a character is like
Flat and Round Characters
Effect on others
What a character does
What a character says
The shy boy and extremely friendly girl met just sitting at lunch.
While walking to class the blonde long haired girl with an orange backpack tripped and fell over her own feet.
The patient boy and shy girl were both at the football game and they said hello to each other.
Yellow, wholes, buck teeth, big eyes, square, red tie, etc.
Lets have fun kids.
likes to mess up the kids house with his thing one and thing two; tries to fix things but makes it worse.
Effects on Others:
at first his effect on others was to destroy things and make a mess but towards the end it showed the effect on others to clean up all messes you make, and to help others
An abbreviation to remember it by is STEAL:
E- effect on others
Flat Character: a character that can be described in a single sentence because of the character having few key traits.
Round Character: a character that is more complex and cannot be described in a single sentence.
Ex: Gary, from Spongebob
Gary is Spongebob's pet snail.
Ex: Squidward, from Spongebob
Squidward is a blue squid who enjoys
playing the clarinet. He is also
Spongebob's neighbor and co-worker.
Flat and Round
The character in the center of a story's conflict/ action
Protagonist Vs. Antagonist
This is Kara from Red Band Society. She is rude to
every body and thinks she is the most popular and
prettiest girl in the world. She also thinks that
everybody loves and worships her but in reality they
all are scared of her and hate her.
This relates to stock characters because it is very stereotypical. When you picture a cheerleader
(no offense to all the cheerleaders in the room) usually you picture someone who prefers to be the
center of attention, can be very opinionated and they only like to hang out with popular kids. This isn't true for ALL cheerleaders but it is what you usually see in movies and what is read in most books.
A protagonist is someone who is the "good guy" in a situation. The person is very optimistic and is usually
the heroic one. My example is Buzz Lightyear because
he is always fighting for his friends and fights off Zorg.
An antagonist is a person who is usually considered the "bad guy" or "villain" in the story.
They are usually negative and pessimistic. I chose Zorg because he hates Buzz.
Static and Dynamic Characters
character that grows or changes as the plot unfolds
character who remains the same throughout the story
Garcia from Criminal Minds started as one of the very few dangerous hackers in the world and later began to work for the BAU to stop people like her
Hotchner from Criminal Minds has always been dedicated to his job in the BAU, even if it results in a divorce with his wife
When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My
fingers stretch out, seeking Prim’s warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress. She must have had bad dreams and climbed in with our mother. Of course, she did. This is the day of the reaping.
(Pg. 3, The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins)
In the fall, a few brave souls sneak into the woods to
harvest apples. But always in sight of the Meadow. Always close enough to run back to the safety of District 12 if trouble arises. “District Twelve. Where you can starve to death in safety,” I mutter. Then I glance quickly over my shoulder. Even here, even in the middle of nowhere, you worry someone might overhear you.
(Pg. 5, The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins)
These examples Tell what Katniss thinks like, talks like, her personal thoughts, and her feelings. Those two excerpts make it easy to have your views or opinions of the character, and you can make your own presumptions of how other characters view her. It also helps give you an idea of how the author intended on you seeing her.
(Start clip at 00:30, end at 1:04 If there's time)
This clip gives you an idea of who she actually is, what she thinks of her family, and this clip demonstrates characterization by showing how she speaks, thinks and acts, as well as what she looks like and who she is as a person. For example, a person might assume that she is a selfless person who will do anything to protect her sister.
A person or people in a story who are not the main point in the story, but may still attract attention from viewers
In The Hunger Games, Prim is a minor character with a significant impact. She was in the story for a small amount of time and yet still, she attracted readers and/ or viewers attention. When her name was called at the reaping, it was a way of grabbing the readers or watchers attention and steering it towards her.
How Characterization Applies to this Class
Understanding the concept of characterization and knowing the different types of characters can be used in this class to analyze literature pieces and see the development of the characters to an even greater extent.