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STEAL Characterization

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on 12 September 2013

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S.T.E.A.L. Method of Indirect Characterization
Speech: What does the character say? How does the character speak?
Thoughts: What is revealed through the character’s private thoughts and feelings?
Effect on others toward the character: What is revealed through the character’s effect on other people? How do other characters feel or behave in reaction to the character?
Actions: What does the character do? How does the character behave?
Looks: What does the character look like? How does the character dress?
Characterization
Word of the Day

Homely (adj.): characteristic of home life; every day

Example: "That in those homely sayings was couched the collective wisdom of generations."

Characterization is the process by which the writer reveals the personality of a character.

1. Direct Characterization
2. Indirect Characterization

2 types of Characterization
1. Direct Characterization tells the audience what the personality of the character is.

Example: “The patient boy and quiet girl were both well mannered and did not disobey their mother.”
Explanation: The author is directly telling the audience the personality of these two children. The boy is “patient” and the girl is “quiet.”
Direct Characterization
2. Indirect Characterization
Indirect Characterization shows things that reveal the personality of a character.

There are five different methods of indirect characterization:
S.T.E.A.L.
Helpful Hints
TIP #1: Use the mnemonic device of STEAL to remember the five types of indirect characterization
TIP #2: Use indirect characterization to analyze visual media:
Film: Look at how the character dresses and moves. Note the facial expressions when the director moves in for a close-up shot.
Drama: Pay attention to the way that the characters reveal their thoughts during a soliloquy.
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