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Characterization: The Story of An Hour
Transcript of Characterization: The Story of An Hour
ffect on others
What does the character say? How does the character speak?
What is revealed through the character's private thoughts and feelings?
What is revealed through the character's effect on other people? How do other character's feel or behave in reaction to the character?
What does the character do? How does the character behave?
What does the character look like? How does the character dress?
In "Story of an Hour", characterization:
allows one to better understand the events that transpired throughout the story.
gives insight into Louise's obliviousness to her true desires and helps to develop a better understanding of Louise's Conflict.
heightens the understanding of the central themes of the work.
The Skinny on Characterization
Examples of Characterization in "The Story of an Hour"
Characterization is defined as the the way in which the author presents a character in a literary work.
" . . .Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with heart trouble. . ." (Paragraph 1)
" She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same . . ." (Paragraph 3)
" She was young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength." (Paragraph 8)
We have done enough talking. Now it is YOUR turn!
1. How do you think the meaning of Louise's name ties in and/or gives insight into her personality?
Here are some questions to toss around...
2. When looking at the author's use of diction, what is the significance of the term "wife" in contrast to the initial "Louise" used to describe Ms. Mallard?
5. How does the author's presentation of the characters enhance the reader's understanding of the story?
3. What does Louise's newly found "freedom" imply about the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Mallard?
4. Do you believe, based on the context of the story and the nature of Louise's death, that the description of the heart disease as "a joy that kills", is accurate? Why or why not?
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How To Find It
When identifying Characterization in a literary work key things to look for are:
1. Descriptions of a character's appearance and mannerisms
2. Character's sayings/ thoughts
3. Meaning of character's name
The Story of an Hour
Characterization: Its Effect on the Work's Meaning as a Whole
How To Remember Indirect Characterization
What makes a character realistic and memorable?
Characters can be presented in two different ways: