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Characterization

Indirect/Direct Round/Flat, Dynamic/Static
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Crista Colantoni

on 10 September 2013

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Characterization
Direct/Indirect
Round/Flat
Dynamic/Static

Definition:
Direct Characterization
Example:
5 "clues" for Identifying a character's attitude through Indirect Characterization
Speech
Indirect Characterization:
Thoughts
Characterization:
The process by which an author reveals a character's personality or attitude.
The author TELLS you a character's personality or attitude
The boy was patient and kind, and therefore, sat quietly as he waited for his turn to speak.
The author provides clues to a character's personality or attitude, but refrains from directly stating it.
S - Speech
T - Thoughts
E - Effect on others
A - Actions
L - Looks
Lilly spoke softly to her sick grandmother and said "Dont be sad, Grandma. I'll keep you company."
Luna sat on the edge of the couch wishing there was a way she could find a friend in this new town.
What a character says/how he/she says it.
Inner thoughts and feelings of the character that reveal attitude/personality.
Effect on Others
The way other characters react to someone can give you clues about a character's attitude/personality
The members of the team hung their heads low when the coach came in the room after the game.
Actions
Actions and behaviors of a character that reveal personality or attitude.
The women shook her head, rolled her eyes, and walked away.
How a character looks, including how they dress, can give insight into their attitude
Looks
The bright-eyed child smiled, put on his superman cape, and ran down the hill.
Protagonist vs Antagonist
Major vs Minor
Round vs Flat
Dynamic vs Static
Important labels used for identifying characters
Protagonist
The LEADING character
Adversary or opposition to the Protagonist
Antagonist
Characters who are essential to the plot of the story; without these characters, the story would be quite different.
Major Characters:
Characters that are not essential to the plot of the story. If they were removed, the story would not change.
Minor Characters:
Round Character
A character whose personality and background are fully formed.
Flat Character
A simple and uncomplicated character; we are given very little background
Dynamic Character:
A character who experiences a MAJOR internal change.
The character does not have an internal change
Static Character
By: Ms Colantoni
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