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Character Development

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rachel hutchens

on 17 February 2011

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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT Author's use four main methods
to reveal a character's traits: 1. The character's appearance Looks can convey what kind of person
someone is. Pay attention to the descriptions of the character's face, clothing, and body language. 2. The character's thoughts, speech, and actions You can get to know a character more deeply when the writer reveals his/her thoughts. Notice also the words/type of language a character usees in a story. 3. What others say about the character Notice what characters say about other characters. This will give you another perspective. 4. Direct statements made by the writer about the character Often in literature, the narrator will make direct comments about a character. The narrator may comment on a character's motivations, behavior toward others, or secret longings. Character development... ...helps readers recognize which characters in a work are the most important. Writers help readers learn about characters by emphasizing their traits, or qualities. This is called characterization! YOUR TURN!!! When he had gone several blocks uptown, Mr. Johnson cut across the avenue and went along a side street, chosen at random; he did not follow the same route every morning, but preferred to pursue his eventful way in wide detours, more like a puppy than a man intent upon business.

Halfway down the block...a harassed woman, trying to watch a young child and the movers and the furniture all at the same time, gave the clear impression of endeavoring to shelter her private life from the people staring at her belongings. Mr. Johnson stopped for a moment and joined the crowd, then he came forward and touching his hat civilly, said, "Perhaps I can keep an eye on your little boy for you?"

Shirley Jackson, "One Ordinary Day with Peanuts" What do Mr. Johnson's actions say about him? That's Dandy Jim Valentine's autograph. He's resumed business. Look at that combination knob--jerked out as easy as pulling up a radish in wet weather. And look how clean those tumblers were punched out! Jimmy never has to drill but one hole. Yes, I guess I want Mr. Valentine. He'll do his bit next time without any short-term or clemency foolishness.
O. Henry "A Retrieved Reformation" Types of characters: What do Ben Price's words tell you about Jim Valentine? Major characters: the ones who play a large role in a story; often undergo changes as the plot unfolds. Minor characters: the ones who play a smaller role in a story. Dynamic characters: undergo some kind of change in the story; could grow emotionally, learn a lesson, or change his/her behavior. Static characters: the ones who don't change at all in the story. Character Motivation: What makes characters in a story behave the way they do? MOTIVATION!!! A character's motivations can be physical, like food, shelter, or money. They can also be emotional, like fear, love, or pride. Round characters: fully developed; have many traits, including physical, emotional, and personality. Flat characters: one-sided; most often are presented in a stereotypical way. YOUR TURN!!! Every once in a while I'd try to figure out what the thing was that made her so different now; and then one day, all of a sudden, I understood...
Everything else was the same--the drab white skin; the bony, yes, bony hands; the limp hair. But she had lost her waiting look. Henrietta didn't look as though she were waiting for anything at all anymore.
Budge Wilson, "Waiting" Is Henrietta a dynamic or static character? THE. END.
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