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Transcript of Character
Types of Characters:
Types of Main Characters
The “hero”, they call for empathy
as any person, animal, or figure represented in a literary work
The process of revealing how a character talks, acts, thinks, and feels. Also reveals their strengths, weaknesses and how they react to change or conflict.
those have the greatest effect on the plot - not necessarily those who have the most “screen time”
those who are part of the “background” of the story - they can associate with the main characters, but for significantly less time than any other character
This can be done...
through their own actions, dialogue, or internal thoughts (depending on the point of view).
through how other characters react to those actions and dialogue.
To frame a story and to convey or represent ideas, thoughts, and feelings common to most people.
The “villain”, they drive the plot with the protagonist
Any Character Can Be...
Dynamic, Static, Round and Flat
- Those who go through some sort of personal change in the story
- Those whose personality and attributes do not change, they stay in the same place mentally and do not grow throughout the timeline of the story.
- Complex characters who have been developed fully. We understand how they think, how they feel, their strengths and weaknesses, their secrets, and their intentions. They feel like “real” people.
- Characters we know very little about. They may only represent or stand for one thing.
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