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Notes on Character

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Cara Atmajian

on 14 October 2014

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Transcript of Notes on Character

Point of View
Who Tells the Story
1) First Person
3)Omniscient (3rd Person)
4) Limited Omniscient
First Person:
The author disappears into one of the characters, who tells the story in the first person and refers to himself or herself as I or Me.
This character may either be a major or minor character, the protagonist, or an observer.
The author simply tells the story from the perspective of an onlooker.
The narrator disappears into a kind of roving sound camera. This camera can go anywhere but can only record what is seen and heard.
It cannot comment, interpret, or enter a character’s mind.
The narrator is not a character in the story, but rather a “voice” that tells the story using the pronouns he, she, and they.
Omniscient (3rd Person)
The narrator is called omniscient if he or she knows the thought and feelings of two or more characters.
Limited Omniscient
The author is able to see the thoughts of only ONE character.
What have you read that's in First Person??
Central character or Hero of a literary work
Forces arrayed against the protagonist whether it be another
(a) person,
(b) a thing,
(c) a convention of society,
(d) or even traits of his own character.
Types of Characters
•Complex and many sided
•Well developed, closely involved in and responsive to the action.
•Characterized by one 1 or 2 traits; they can be summed up in one sentence.
•Barely developed or stereotypical
•A special kind of flat character. They are easily identifiable who behave so predictably that readers can readily recognize them.
•A character that undergoes a permanent change, developing in some aspect of character, personality, or outlook in the course of the story.
•A character that is the same at the end of the book as he or she was in the beginning of the book.
•May face the same challenges a dynamic character might face but still remains essentially unchanged.
• (some flat characters) Characterized by a single dominant trait.
Direct Characterization
The narrator tells readers what a character is like.
Private Thoughts
Others' Responses/Reactions
Indirect Characterization
The narrator shows what a character is like.
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