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Dynamic/Static Characters Lesson
Matthew Hugheson 23 April 2013
Transcript of Dynamic/Static Characters Lesson
Disney's classic animated movie, "Beauty and the Beast," involves a prince who is introduced as a misanthrope. By opening his heart, he changes into a warm, lovable character in the end. Think for a moment and raise your hand with an example of a dynamic character from "The Prince and the Pauper." Examples: Disney's famous villain from "The Lion King," Scar, remains the same evil lion that he was at the beginning of the film. Bob Kelso, head of medicine in the television show "Scrubs," never stops being a sarcastic, arrogant man. Why do I care? A character's choice not to change may say something about them and help you understand the story. Perhaps they are already perfect characters, or maybe they are ironic. Raise your hand and name a static character from "The Prince and the Pauper." Both dynamic and static characters are important to a story. Without change in a character, there might be no plot to the story. And, without characters who remain the same, there will be no anchors to the story.
Heroes are typically dynamic, as they usually must change to overcome the conflicts within the story. Why might a hero be static? Now that you understand the two main types of characters, here is your assignment: think of your favourite movie, book, television show, or other such story. Find an example of one dynamic character and one static character, then write 1-2 sentences explaining why they fit the mould.