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Characterization - An occurrence at owl creek bridge (1891)

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Briane steinke

on 12 November 2014

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Transcript of Characterization - An occurrence at owl creek bridge (1891)

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

Characterization is revealed through
direct characterization


indirect characterization
Indirect Characterization
Shows things that reveal the personality of a character. There are five different methods of indirect characterization.

Peyton Farquhar
A 35 year old Southern planter. A prosperous land and slave owner from an Alabama family. He is a well-dressed civilian, as well as a passionate supporter of the Confederacy, although he can not actually join it. He is a shadowy figure who eventually becomes a two sided character in the story.
Indirect Characterization
Example from story: "The thought of his wife and children urged him on." (Peyton Farquhar)

This is an example of indirect characterization because it is not directly telling us that he is a family man, but it is implied that that is what he cares about most.
Farquhar's Wife
Direct Characterization
tells the audience what the personality of the character is.

Ex. “The patient boy and quiet girl were both well mannered and did not disobey their mother.”

Ex. From story "Peyton Farquhar was a well-to-do planter, of an old and highly respected Albama family."
Characterization - An occurrence at owl creek bridge (1891) By: ambrose bierce
Farquhar's wife is a flat and static character
Types of Characters
Static - someone who does not change over time; his or her personality does not evolve
Flat - opposite of a round character. Notable for one kind of personality trait or characteristic
Dynamic - A character who changes over time
Round -Anyone who has a complex personality; he or she is often portrayed as a conflicted person
Protagonist - The central person in a story, often the main character. They are faced with the conflict.
Antagonist - is an obstacle that the protagonist must overcome.
Peyton is the protagonist of the story.
He is also a round character, this is because
the author directly describes Peyton as a
family man, yet he places his own motives
(assisting his country by burning Owl Creek
bridge) ahead of his responsibility to his
This is an example of
direct characterization because
the author is telling the audience
exactly who Peyton is and what
his values are.
A dutiful woman who symbolizes the comfort and domestic security that Farquhar needs. Throughout the story she is almost always just part of Farquhar's imagination. She is always talked about in indirect characterization.
By: Bailey, Lauren and Briane
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