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Character

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Lauren Goulet

on 29 September 2015

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Character
Types of Characters:
Types of Main Characters
Protagonist:
The “hero”, they call for empathy
Defined As:
as any person, animal, or figure represented in a literary work

Character Development/Characterization:
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.
Main
those have the greatest effect on the plot - not necessarily those who have the most “screen time”
Side
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...
directly
through their own actions, dialogue, or internal thoughts (depending on the point of view).
Or
indirectly
through how other characters react to those actions and dialogue.
Purpose:
To frame a story and to convey or represent ideas, thoughts, and feelings common to most people.
Antagonist:
The “villain”, they drive the plot with the protagonist
Any Character Can Be...
Dynamic, Static, Round and Flat
Dynamic
- Those who go through some sort of personal change in the story
Static
- 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.

Round
- 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.
Flat
- Characters we know very little about. They may only represent or stand for one thing.
Works Cited
Boyle, Eizabeth. "Welcome to the Purdue OWL." Purdue OWL: Literary Terms. Purdue University, n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2015. <https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/575/1/>.

"Characterization - Examples and Definition." Literary Devices. N.p., 16 Sept. 2013. Web. 28 Sept. 2015. <http://literarydevices.net/characterization/>.

Janovsky, Angela. "Character in Literature: Definition, Types & Development." Study.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2015. <http://study.com/academy/lesson/character-in-literature-definition-types-development.html>.
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