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Characterization Prezi

Covers descriptions and examples of archetypal characters for the 11.3 English VA SOL.

Ms. Majette

on 4 August 2014

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Central character in a literary work
Who you root for
Often, this person is "good."
Direct Characterization
The author characterizes a character by simply telling the reader what that character is like.
A portrayal or description of made-up people (characters) in a book, movie, or play.
The generous baker handed the bread to the homeless woman.
Indirect Characterization
The writer reveals information about the character through his or her thoughts and actions.
"That woman looks hungry," thought the man in the white apron as he gazed across the street. He opened the door to his shop, the air heavy with the yeasty smell of freshly prepared bread. Stooping down to peer into the window of the piping hot iron stove, he saw that the loaves inside were perfectly done. As he pulled them from the oven, he thought about the time in his life when he could not afford to eat. He carefully wrapped the loaf in a clean kitchen towel, and carried it across the street to the ragged, hungry woman.
Static Character
A character who does not change, develop, or grow throughout the action of a book, movie, or play.
Example: Scar
He was just as mean, jealous, hateful, and evil at the end of The Lion King as he was at the beginning. He never learned from his mistakes, and didn't grow as a character.
Dynamic Character
A character who changes, develops, and grows throughout the action of a book, movie, or play.
Example: Simba
Simba started out as a child, and then became a teenager. He had to face his fears and past in order to become a great leader. Simba was faced with the challenges of growing up and rose to meet them, making him a dynamic, changing character.
Three Ds.
Diction is simply word choice. It helps to establish tone, mood, dialect, and many other important parts of literature.
A dialect is a version of a language. When an author writes in dialect, she or he writes in the way that people speak, not in standard written English.
Dialogue is a conversation between characters in a book, play, or movie.
Definition: A reference to a famous person, place, or thing. Often from a religious text like the Bible or Qur'an. The important thing is that they should be references that a lot of people understand.
A reference to a famous person, place, thing, or story. They often come from a sacred text like the Bible or Qu'ran. *Allusions only work when people can identify and understand the reference*
"It rained so much I thought I'd have to build an ark!"
This alludes to the Noah's Ark story in the Bible. The story is famous, which is why the allusion works. You associate the ark with a lot of rain, so you know that the above statement means that there was a lot of rain.

Language that makes comparisons that are meant to be interpreted imaginatively rather than literally.
Simile - Comparison using like or as
Metaphor - Comparison saying that one thing is another thing
Analogy- Using a familiar item to explain an unfamiliar item.
Personification - Giving human characteristics to non-human things
A central message or insight into life revealed by a literary work.
A.K.A.: The Point
Flat Character
a character with only one or two major traits.
Round Character
a character with many traits; a fully-developed character.
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