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Characterization and Conflict
Transcript of Characterization and Conflict
The art of creating a character.
This is done through:
What other people say about them
Explicit Vs. Implicit Characterization
-The author literally tells the audience what a character is like. This may be done via the narrator, another character or by the character him- or herself.
-The audience must induce for themselves what the character is like through the character’s thoughts, actions, speech (choice of words, way of talking), looks and interaction with other characters, including other characters’ reactions to that particular person.
Example: Tris from Divergent trilogy
-What are her traits?
-What are her motives?
-What can you infer about her?
(think about interactions with others,
actions, words, etc.)
-Is she a flat/round/static/dynamic character?
How do you know?
A struggle between
Internal VS. External
Internal conflict is inside the character
—character vs. himself/herself
difficulty making a decision
mixed emotions about something
guilt or shame
pressure you put on yourself to be a certain way
questioning your beliefs
External conflict takes place outside the character
—character vs. character, nature, or society
-two people who disagree
or want the same thing
-battling the forces of nature
(hurricane, starvation, wild animals)
-fighting for rights (civil rights,
feminism, workers unions)
-racism or discrimination because of
race, religion, etc.
The Dark Knight
-Identify some examples
of both internal and external
conflict (in this trailer or in
the film if you've seen it)
Eg. Sheila scowled, clearly annoyed by her brother's
persistent knocking on her bedroom door.
Eg. Sheila opened her bedroom door and glared at her
brother, whose fist was still raised as though he were going to continue knocking.
Types of Characters:
Flat vs. Round
Flat characters are two-dimensional, lacking depth or complexity. They do not change, grow, or develop. They are often "types" or "caricatures".
Round characters are the exact opposite. They change and grow. They defy common stereotypes; they have depth and are complex, exactly like real people!
Types of Characters (cont.)
Static vs. Dynamic
Static characters retain the same qualities. Only the reader's knowledge about the character changes.
Dynamic characters change in response to experiences.