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Rights To The Streets of Memphis Character Types

Round vs. Flat Characters and Dynamic vs. Static Characters

jimmy w

on 9 September 2014

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Transcript of Rights To The Streets of Memphis Character Types

Let's understand it a little deeper!
Now that you understand it on a surface level...
Flat Characters
Round Characters
Dynamic Characters
Character Types
Round vs. Flat Characters
Dynamic vs. Static Characters

Round Characters
-Characters we know well
- Realistic and detailed - we know what they look like, how they act, what they're thinking, what they love/hate, etc.
- Develop physically, mentally, and emotionally (complex)
- Embody a number of qualities & traits (good and bad)
- Tend to be more central characters (protagonist)
Flat Characters
- Characters we don't know well
- Not much detail about their appearance, thoughts, feelings, etc.
- Characters who are less developed and one-sided
- Embody or represent a single characteristic, trait, or idea
- Tend to be minor characters who are stock characters, such as the stereotypical air head, tough guy, class clown, etc.
Static Characters
Why are these characters round?
Why are these characters flat?
Why are these characters dynamic?
Why are these characters static?
Dynamic Characters
- A character who undergoes an important, internal change because of the action in the plot (usually major characters)
- Changes include ones of insight, understanding, or in values (internal) - may "grow" as a person
- Usually a personality change occurs throughout the plot
- Their change sometimes helps reveal theme
- The protagonist is usually a dynamic character
Static Characters
- A character whose personality or insight does not change throughout the events in the story's plot
- Usually supporting characters or sidekicks (support the dynamic characters)
- Lack of change helps the dynamic characters stand out and illuminate how they have changed
Check for Understanding
Check for Understanding
Dynamic Characters: We "see" characters change...but let's go deeper than the surface. So what? Why does the character change? What does an author try to teach us about life when a bad character becomes good or when a selfish person learns to be selfless...or when any character learns something and goes through changes?
Static Characters: lack of change makes us question why there is no change. What does the author reveal about life when a bad character never changes his/her ways? Lack of change also makes the dynamic characters' changes stand out more.
Tracking character change helps reveal theme and gives you a deeper understanding of the text.

It also helps you better analyze the purpose of the characters, which can help you connect the characters to real life!
You can watch an episode of Spongebob from season 1 and an episode from season 10, yet Partrick will still be the same...airhead
When we first meet Scrooge, he is mean and bitter, but through the action of the plot with the three ghosts, he becomes generous, kind, and beloved
The tree in "The Giving Tree" is always giving. It is defined by this characteristic. Why would the author not fully develop a character? What purpose does this serve? (Teach a lesson, be a foil). Would it have the same effect if it was the sometimes-giving tree.
Examples in "Rights To The Streets of Memphis"
Examples from "The Outsiders"
Dynamic or Static?
Dynamic or Static?
Dynamic or Static?
- STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO recognize evolving characterization…

- BY examining textual clues that indicate growth or change in a short story.
Dynamic or Static?
Dynamic or Static?
Richard's Mother
Static or Dynamic?
Gang of Boys
What are the similarities and differences between young Richard and older Richard?
More specifically, What sort of changes happen as Richard gains more power physically and socially (as he joins a gang with the other boys).

Think about scenes in which Richard resorts to violence. Why?
Who is it directed towards?

Discussion Cont.
Richard is the only dynamic character in Black Boy. Why might that be? What would the stories of the other characters (like Ella or Richard’s Grandma) look like, if the characters could tell their tales?
Devil's Advocate:
What do
In Black Boy, pacifism is an invitation to let other people beat you up. The only way to survive is to fight back
Both white and black people perpetuate racism in Black Boy. Black people do as much to keep the system going as the white people do.
DO NOW! --------POP QUIZ!!!
Take out a sheet of paper and answer these 5 questions. you have 3 minutes
1. What does the woman in the story do after her husband gets lynched and the mob lets her come to mourn him?
2. What does Richard help granny do after his mother falls ill?
3. Richard goes to live with Uncle ________?
4. What happens on the first day of school?
5. Why does Richard want to leave Uncle Clark’s home?
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